Speaking at Marine Corps University

Today I had the honor to address somewhere between 150-200 senior Enlisted/Officer Marines at Marine Corps University Quantico. These Marines, or shall I say, warriors, “literally” serve (in some way or another) as commanders and/or decision-makers to thousands of Marines under there leadership. Though this was my second visit to Marine Corps Base Quantico, this time it was extremely special, as I had the distinct honor to address a very prestigious crowd of Marines.

I recall as I was ready to get on my way back to Baltimore right after the speech, the President of Marine Corps University, General William Bowers — a man who I’ve especially come to admire and love, and the reason why I was here today at this very special event as his “VIP guest,” looked to me and says, “looks like we’ll probably be seeing you back again.” Hope so General! 

Thank you for having me!

Speaking to Marines

Today I had the honor and opportunity to address 70+ Marines. I shared with them my concerns as well as my thoughts on how we can all play a part in living up to the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. We talked about improvements the US Marine Corps could make to better reasonably accommodate future Muslim Marine’s so practicing of faith would never be an issue. I also addressed some of the questions as well as the challenges Marine Recruiters face in the 2017 area when it comes to recruiting Muslim candidates! All in all it was awesome to be amongst so many Marines!
 

Speaking at Westminster College

This Wednesday I gave a talk at Westminster College in Missouri! Initially I had some concerns with going, considering some of the decisions the local government had recently made, but I'm glad I went! I had good dialogue with students and staff alike, who came away with a new understanding of Islam. KOMU 8 local news also covered my talk, you can check out their article here!

Speaking at Welcoming Interactive in Atlanta

I headed down to Atlanta to speak about my travels across the U.S., and how to bring about tolerance in a time of polarization, at Welcoming America's Welcoming Interactive conference.

I spoke before an audience of about 200 local government and nonprofit professions who are concerned about issues related to anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and white supremacist rhetoric and legislation. 

Speaking at Johns Hopkins University

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This week I had the opportunity to return to the campus of Johns Hopkins University, where I completed my MA/MBA years ago, to kick off the Bloomberg School of Public Health's incredibly important new "Understanding American Muslims" seminar.

If you're in the area, I urge you to support this timely new endeavor. If you're not, don't worry – they livestreamed Wednesday's event, so you can watch this seminar series from anywhere.

You can read more about it here:

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Mansoor Shams, a Muslim American veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, invited his audience Wednesday to call out whatever stereotypes came to mind just by looking at him.
When, inevitably, no one did, Shams supplied them himself: "The terrorist. The Bin Laden. The ISIS guy."
Shams, speaking at a Johns Hopkins seminar on American Muslims, challenged everyone to grapple directly with those kind of thoughts rather than flicking them away to the subconscious.

 

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Veterans & Muslims United Against Hatred

This weekend, I helped organize an event titled "Veterans and Muslims United Against Hatred" at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Baltimore's mosque.

I had the great honor of speaking alongside Retd. Col. Scott Cooper of Marine Corps, founder of Veterans for American Ideals, an organization I've worked with previously; Sarah Feinberg, U.S. Marine Veteran now working as senior financial analyst at The Washington Post; and AMC Baltimore's own president, Dr. Faheem Younus.

You can read more about this event here.