Once a week, early enough that the sun has barely risen, a small group gathers outside Green Library for an hour or so and chats. Seated around a table at Coupa Cafe, they discuss typical Stanford things: what classes to avoid, what grad schools to apply for, what articles they’ve been reading.
The Markaz: Resource Center is the newest community center on Stanford’s campus, created through the advocacy of students, faculty and staff. On May 29, 2013, formal plans for the Markaz were announced with the goal of catering to a unique subset of the student population. Students who identify with or are interested in Muslim experiences…
Since May 2013, the Markaz community center has served as a comfortable space for Muslim students and others to connect and build relationships.
Tomorrow, the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World will open its doors in the Nitery Building in Old Union after more than a decade of collaborative discussions between students, faculty and University administrators.
Stanford will open a Muslim resource center at the start of the 2013-14 academic year, culminating an effort by Muslim students and other supporters — almost 25 faculty members — that has lasted nearly a decade.