Diversity Training: Islam/Muslims

Understanding Islam and Muslims is dependent on your source of information. Taneeza's unique background and her education in intercultural communications and diversity training provides a fresh approach in understanding the basics of Islam and its relevancy to the workplace and in building relationships with your neighbors.

Taneeza is a second generation Muslim born and raised in Michigan. She attended a Catholic grade school, Lutheran middle school through high school, and Methodist college and law school. Growing up in a Christian environment, Taneeza has great respect and a deep understanding of ChristianityShe has received Islamic Studies education from scholars in her community and continues her learning today. 

Taneeza has been educating communities about Islam from a very young age, and received intensive Intercultural Communication and Diversity Training through her Master’s degree at the School for International Training. With this education she developed curriculum about Islam and Muslims for middle school and high school aged students. She also developed service-learning based curriculum engaging Muslim youth in North America. 

After graduating from law school, she became the Civil Rights Director for CAIR-MN (Council on American Islamic Relations MN Chapter) where she immediately recognized the need to educate employers about their Muslim employee’s religious needs, for compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights laws. As CAIR-MN’s Civil Rights Director she instituted Diversity Trainings for employers, which became so popular that it evolved into a ½ day conference entitled “Positive Interactions”. With her unique style of conducting diversity trainings she developed ongoing relationships with many of the participants who attended these trainings, as cultural issues are constantly present in the workplace. 

Human Resource and management participants of the trainings she conducted include: 
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • Old Country Buffet
  • Macy’s Inc.
  • Macy’s (Minnesota Offices)
  • Park Nicollet Health Care
  • Metropolitan Airport’s Commission
  • University of Minnesota Police Department
  • University of Minnesota Security Monitors
  • WalMart
  • Coloplast, and 
  • LifeTouch
For the legal community, Taneeza has conducted Continuing Legal Education Seminars entitled “Working with Muslim Clients” and “Religious Accommodation: A Focus on Islam and Muslims.” She advised fellow colleagues on cultural nuances when having Muslim clients. She has also spoken as a guest speaker and presenter for diversity panels, conferences and university classes. 

She presented at the Sioux Falls Diversity Conference, sponsored by the Sioux Falls Diversity Council on November 13, 2013 and November 19, 2014.

If you or your organization is interested in learning more about Islam/Muslims in general, or specifically on religious accommodation law, please indicate such on the contact form. Fees may be applicable.