Doherty Held Educational Community Event: Understanding Muslim Culture and Perspectives in the Workplace

Understanding Muslim Culture and Perspectives

Doherty hosted an educational presentation on Muslim culture and perspectives in the workplace, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. Orchestrated by Doherty Vice President, Gauher Mohammad, the purpose of the event was to provide insights on Muslim customs and today’s perceptions of the Islamic community.

Since 1980, Doherty has operated in the Midwest as a staffing and recruiting agency, connecting qualified candidates with quality companies. In the last 35 years, Doherty’s personnel have seen numerous changes in the employment climate and workforce population. The company, along with its owners and leadership team, share the fundamental belief that education is the key to overcoming some of the challenges that often accompany change.

The presentation featured special guest lecturer Shah Khan, Ph.D., President of the Islamic Center of Minnesota, and also included an appearance by Mr. Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) Minnesota chapter. The event was held in the Gainey Room at the Owatonna Public Library and occurred in two parts: the morning session, attended by 55 people, was catered to area business owners and human resources personnel, while the afternoon session, attended by 42 people, was open to the public.

“Both sessions had engaging presentations and follow up discussions,” said Vice President Mohammad. “Ultimately our goal was to strengthen the understanding of tomorrow’s changing workforce dynamics, and while there’s still work to be done, I think we accomplished that.”

Dr. Shah Khan holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and works as a scientist with a biotech company. After serving two terms as communications director on the Islamic Center of Minnesota Board, Dr. Khan was elected as president of the board and is currently serving his second term. Dr. Khan is a regular participant in interfaith dialogue, open panel discussions, and lectures on Islam, Islamic beliefs and Muslim culture in churches, synagogues, schools, universities, and other public places. He regularly gives Friday sermons in mosques in the Twin Cities and teaches Islamic Studies in Islamic Center of Minnesota Sunday School. Dr. Khan is also a member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Board of Directors.

Mr. Jaylani Hussein is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s Minnesota chapter. He and his family immigrated to Minnesota from Somalia in 1993. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Community Development/City Planning and is currently pursuing a law degree. Mr. Hussein has served on the board of directors for various community organizations in the Twin Cities, and is currently on an Advisory Council for US Attorney B. Todd Jones. He has also served as Secretary on the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa’s Executive Board since 2004. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of the board to open a regional field office, as well as oversee large-scale humanitarian projects brought on by the Somali Famine of 2011.

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