From the 2011 News Archive
3L Hera Hashmi Receives UMB Diversity Recognition Award
On Feb. 4, third year UMDLaw student Hera Hashmi received UMB's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award for a student. She was selected for her impressive efforts to organize the Journal of Race Religion Gender and Class's
symposium, Confronting Islam: Shari’ah, the Constitution and American Muslim
For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness. The majority of Muslims have nothing to do with the events which have come to be associated with their faith. More than 100 UMB students, faculty and members of the community-at large, attended the symposium to learn about Islam, to confront the stereotype of Muslims as terrorists and to consider the differences and similarities between Islamic and secular law.
"Having talked with Hera about this project since summer 2010 and throughout the fall, I witnessed the herculean effort that was required to make this symposium a success," said Dawna Cobb, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
The recipients of the Award, given each year at UMB's celebration of Dr. King, serve as a model of the personal and professional commitment to the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.