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Heritage & Health Series Program

Muslim Heritage Month Learn Reflect Celebrate April 2024

Join in community and celebration for our MHM events in April.

For all upcoming events, view campus events calendar.

Throughout the Month 

Letters to Gaza

April 1–April 30
Welcome Center (Room 2016), Campus Center

Show the children of Gaza that we care about them. Come to the Welcome Center to write letters with messages of care, concern, and hope to the young children of Gaza who have been displaced by the war. 

Participation is open throughout the month. Last day to submit letters is April 30.

Friday, March 15

Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Dining Hall
NOTE: This event occurred in March.

Iftar, or breaking of the fast, took place during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) received his first Qur’anic revelations during this month. The holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims abstain from all food and water from sunrise to sunset. Hosted by the Foothill Muslim Student Association.

Monday-Thursday, April 8-11

Week of Welcome Coffee Carts 

9a.m.–1 p.m.
Library Quad, PSEC Quad, and Welcome Center 

Don't worry about breakfast the first few days of Spring Quarter. We've got you covered!

You'll find ASFC coffee carts on campus for coffee, pastries, campus maps, info, and flyers in the following locations:

  • ASFC Offices (outside the Welcome Center)
  • Library Quad (at the steps)
  • PSEC Quad (in front of KJ's Cafe)

Coffee/pastries served 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (while supplies last). Stop by to meet ASFC members and to get your questions answers about all things Foothill.

To see the full list of Welcome Week events and details, please visit the campus events calendar.

Monday, April 8

Art Installation and Opening Reception

Noon–1 p.m.
Library Quad

We officially kick off Muslim Heritage Month with a powerful Opening Ceremony with art, poetry, and community. No food or beverages will be served in order to honor Ramadan. 

Visit this multi-modal installation featuring Palestinian poets in honor of National Poetry Month. Participate in the art build led by artist Stephen Longoria.

The installation will remain up all month and is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Club and Allies for Peace & Justice for Palestine Collective.

List of poems HERE

Read Longoria's Bio

Stephen is a Hispanic artist from the Rio Grande Valley with a background in screen printing, woodworking, mural work, photography, and general fabrication. His work has included large scale murals and screen printing projects.

He is deeply committed to involving local communities in the creation of public art and believes that public art should be meaningful and relevant to the community. This has included participation in events such as the Day of the Dead Altar at the Mexican Heritage Plaza and the CULTURA CURA Poster Mission Cultural Center of San Francisco.

Read more about Stephen at

Monday, April 15

Virtual Artist Talk with Minoosh Zomorodinia

Noon–1 p.m.
Register to Attend

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Please join Bay Area native, Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator Minoosh Zomorodinia as she shares her work in exploring the complex relationship between humans, nature, memory, and technology.

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Read Zomorodinia's Bio

Meet MinooshMinoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator based in the Bay Area. She explores the complex relationship between humans, nature, memory, and technology through her work. By employing psychogeography in her daily rituals, she captures the passage of time in varied environments. Her work adresse redefining borders, land colonization, and interconnectedness between humans and nature. She focuses on mapping in the digital age, merging the physical with the virtual in her investigation of space, memory, and identity. Zomorodinia co-chairs the Women Eco Artists Dialog and is a member of the Art Program Committees for several Bay Area Art Centers. She has received numerous awards and grants, such as the YBCA 100, the Lucas Artists Fellowship, the Andy Warhol Foundation grant, the Alternative Exposure Award, and the California Arts Council grant.

She has completed residencies including the Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Residency, Recology Artist Residency, Kala Media Fellowship, among others. Her work has been showcased both locally and internationally at venues like the Asian Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Untitled Art Miami, Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Pori Art Museum, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in media outlets like Hyperallergic and KQED. She holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a MA in Graphic Design and a BA in photography from Azad University in Tehran.

Read more about her work as a visiting artist at University of Reno, Nevada and Headland Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, April 17

Spring Club Day

Noon–2 p.m.
Library Quad

Clubs are the heartbeat of campus life at Foothill. Join us to meet club members, learn about joining one or more of the 50+ clubs currently active. Can’t find a club you want to join? Start your own! Learn how at this event all while enjoying music and food. 

More information about clubs

Tuesday, April 23

Celebrate Black Student Success Week in Conversation on Cultural Capital

Noon–1 p.m.
BIPOC Multicultural Center 

Join Umoja scholars in conversation reflecting on our cultural self-worth and exploring how our contributions create meaningful change in the Foothill and global communities.


Wednesday, April 24

Celebrate Black Student Success Week with special guest Brandon Leake

Noon–1 p.m.
Room 5015

Brandon Leake, the winner of America’s Got Talent 2020, is an acclaimed spoken word artist. With his unique blend of poetry and storytelling, Brandon has captivated audiences around the world and inspired countless individuals to find their voice and share their stories. His message of hope, resilience, and the power of human connection is more relevant now than ever before.  

To learn more about Brandon, visit 

Lunch will be provided after the event for attendees.  


Thursday, April 25

Film Screening — 1948: Creation & Catastrophe & Reception with Filmmaker Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb 


Please register to attend the event. Location details will be provided via email after registration.

About the Filmmaker

Meet Ahlam MuhtasebAhlam Muhtaseb is a professor of Media Studies at CSUSB. She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She also won the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance “Story Teller” Award. Her research interests include digital communication, digital resistance & decolonization, social justice, and diasporic communities. Read more about Muhtaseb

About the Film

The documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe was screened at more than 20 film festivals and at universities and community organizations throughout the world. The film, co-produced and co-directed with Andy Trimlett, focuses on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences for the Palestinian nation which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. The film won the Jerusalem International Film Festival’s 2019 Special Jury Award in the Feature Documentary category. 

1948: Creation and Catastrophe is a documentary about the Nakbe told through eye witness accounts of the creation of Israel and the simultaneous removal of Palestinians. What's so powerful about this film is its interviews with both early Zionist fighters, Holocaust survivors, and Palestinian residents, and includes previously unseen documents and evidence of the removal. This is an illustration of just how complex the situation is, and how much we have to learn about the history of the region. 

Tuesday, April 30

Closing Ceremony

Library Quad

Join us in celebrating Eid al-Fitr! Eid is an Islamic Holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan where worshipers fasted from dawn until sunset as a way to grow spiritually, practice self discipline, and develop empathy. During Eid, celebrants get gifts, called “Eidi”, wear new clothes, and have festive parties. We’ll have lunch, henna, music, and games. 

Questions? Please contact Victoria Strelnikova at

MHM Planning Committee Members

Thank you to all our students, faculty and staff who helped plan our MHM events this month.

  • Fatima Jinnah, Chair 
  • Noor Parak
  • Shahana Shaik 
  • Edin Kraja 
  • Sahil Jan
  • Amani Cochinwala
  • Khaled Almohandes
  • Asiya Shaikh
  • Zara Ainge
  • Victoria Strelnikova, Advisor 
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