Meredith’s campus was filled with green on Wednesday, February 1 for Green Out Day, held in solidarity with and recognition of Muslim students. The Muslim Student Association along with the Black Student Union, Angelas Latinas, and Better Together came up with the idea so faculty, staff, and students could join together to show support for the Muslim population at Meredith.
Eiman Ali, president of the Muslim Student Association, said, “The color green is a symbolic color in the Islamic tradition as it was the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)'s favorite color. I chose green for that reason to symbolize Islam, and asked students, faculty, and staff to dress in green to show their support for the Muslim community at Meredith.”
Meredith’s Immigrant and Refugee Club and Meredith’s International Association also held an event in solidarity. World Hijab Day was held in the Cate Center Wednesday morning, where participants could learn about the hijab, including its significance and how to wear it.
When asked about her participation in the Green Out, Dean of Students Ann Gleason said, “I chose to wear green and also wore a hijab to support Meredith College Muslim students and to show my solidarity with them. As dean of students, my goal is to support all Meredith students and also live out the values of Meredith College, which include respecting diversity, fostering responsible global citizenship, and living with integrity.”
Gleason serves on the Civil Communication Work Group along with other staff, faculty, and students, where the goal of the group is to foster campus engagement in respectful and civil communication. She appreciated the opportunities to demonstrate her support of Meredith students.
The Green Out spread beyond the gates of Meredith. “I was blown away by how many people participated in the Green Out,” said Ali. “We had participants from East Carolina University all the way to Oklahoma and Minnesota, all using the hashtag #MCGreenOut. The overwhelming support allowed me to have hope in a better tomorrow. I am forever grateful for that.”
By Molly Horton, ’17