On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Professor Idrisa Pandit from Studies in Islam was featured in the Waterloo Region Record (The Record) for her involvement in the #WeAreUWaterloo rally that took place at noon that day in the Arts Quad. The rally was in response to the recent shooting at a Quebec City mosque, which claimed the lives of six people.
Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old Laval University student, faces six counts of first-degree murder.
The story, which ran in The Record, quoted Professor Pandit’s speech: "It's time to disrupt these evils through informed engagement, not tokenism," she said. "Hate directed at Muslims should receive the same attention that hate perpetuated by Muslims against others does."
The article reported that roughly 300 people stood in the windy cold to show support for the victims and their fellow human beings. Participants listened to speakers who ranged from students to academics (like Professor Pandit and other University of Waterloo faculty) to members of the Waterloo Regional Police force.
Professor Idrisa Pandit is the Director of the Studies in Islam program at Renison University College.