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A Muslim Vision for Justice & Community Empowerment: Roundtable Discussion+Dinner with Ismail Samad

Thu, September 28th, 2023
5:30 pm
- 7:00 pm

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How does Islam inspire a chef-turned-entrepreneur to empower his Black community to economic independence?

What does it mean for Muslims to build their own communal institutions that reflect Islam’s call to social responsibility and stewardship of the earth?

Join Ismail Samad, a Black Muslim and the founder of Loiter, in his final event amongst a series of multiple events on campus. This intimate roundtable discussion is an opportunity for the Williams’ community to engage with Ismail to learn how Islam inspires him towards social and economic justice reform. After the community discussion in the Muslim Prayer Room, we will gather in the Interfaith Common Room for dinner. Open to ALL. You don’t have to be Muslim to attend.

Please direct your questions to Muslim Chaplain Sidra Mahmood at sm45@williams.edu.

A little about Ismail: Ismail Samad is a social entrepreneur and closed loop food systems expert with a focus on economic, environmental, and spatial justice. He has held key positions in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and has founded several successful enterprises. Ismail has worked with various initiatives, including Farm to Institution New England (FINE), Island Grown Initiative, and the EPA’s Web Academy Webinar Series on Sustainable Materials Management. He has also been a Common Future Fellow and former Board President of Boston Area Gleaners. Ismail’s latest venture is Loiter, an ecosystem of enterprises that addresses systemic issues. His work has focused on addressing food insecurity, wasted/surplus food, and providing equitable healthy and community-relevant destinations for underserved communities.

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