New Muslim employee affinity group will foster inclusivity and support

The Muslim Staff and Faculty Association, launching this month, is the latest employee affinity group formed to bring together faculty and staff who share interests, backgrounds, identities and common bonds. 

The MSAFA aims to create a vibrant and inclusive community for Muslim people and their allies at Vanderbilt. Led by a mission that encapsulates inclusivity, support, education and dialogue, the MSAFA seeks to contribute positively to the university community. 

How to join 

The MSAFA is open to all university staff and faculty who identify as Muslim or have an interest in supporting the Muslim faculty and staff experience. Interested individuals can join by reaching out to the leadership by email and completing the application process.  

MSAFA plans to host meetings on the last Friday of each month. These sessions will be an opportunity to highlight staff and faculty achievements, plan and share upcoming events and facilitate networking among colleagues. An interest meeting will be on Feb. 13, 12:30–1:30 p.m., in the Alumni Hall Reading Room.   

Contact information 

For more information or to join the Muslim Staff and Faculty Association, email or reach out to Hasina Mohyuddin. 

Mohyuddin, one of the leaders of the new group, said, “We are very excited to launch the Muslim Staff and Faculty Association here at Vanderbilt. It will create a much-needed space for community building and supporting Muslim staff and faculty well-being. It is a pivotal step toward fostering greater inclusivity and belonging within our community. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and making new friends during our interest meeting.” 

The establishment of MSAFA at Vanderbilt signifies a commitment to diversity, inclusivity and community building. As the MSAFA begins its journey, it invites all interested individuals to join hands in creating a supportive and enriching environment for Muslims within the Vanderbilt community. 

Employee Affinity Groups 

 Through participation in Employee Affinity Groups, which are employee-led and facilitated, Vanderbilt staff and faculty help foster a positive work environment at the university by actively contributing to its mission, values and efforts specific to diversity, inclusion and campus engagement. Visit the EAG website to see a complete list of EAGs at Vanderbilt.