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Students Use Group Message To Avoid Anti-Muslim Acts in West Campus


By Krystal Cruz

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Muslim students at The University of Texas are using a group message to warn each other about Anti-Muslim acts in West Campus. The group named “Nueces Stay Safe” gives Muslim students the opportunity to connect with each other to plan safe rides home and provide support in case of discriminatory acts.

 

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Economics senior, Akram Sirafi, started the group message on the mobile app, GroupMe, to provide a way to help students in an area that SURE Walk leaves out.

 

The students on the group don’t typically report daily acts of discrimination on the chat, but if it happens, members talk about it and offer assistance in reporting the incident.

 

Although there has been a couple of Anti-Muslim incidents in West Campus, President of the Nueces Mosque Omar Bheda says Muslim students shouldn’t feel unsafe in their community. Bheda finds that the Austin community provides more support for Muslims rather than against.

 

To read more about some of the incidents reported on West Campus and Nueces Stay Safe with The Daily Texan, click here.