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Talking about dispelling myths about hijabs

By Dale Johnson Posted: January 28, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Debra Schubert, a Social Work student and one of two Muslim Peer Chaplains at Luther College, is one of the speakers on the panel discussion.
Debra Schubert, a Social Work student and one of two Muslim Peer Chaplains at Luther College, is one of the speakers on the panel discussion. Photo courtesy of Debra Schubert.

Luther College at the University of Regina is hosting a panel discussion to raise awareness about the practice by some Muslim women of wearing hijabs.

Luther College Chaplaincy is co-sponsoring the event, along with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, a sect of Islam with members in Regina.

The decision to hold the event comes in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris. As Muslims around the world find themselves being victims of various forms of hate attacks, this discussion is part of a national campaign that aims to open dialogue in our community.

“Luther is working on having more inter-faith literacy and more dialogue between different groups on campus so that we can embrace one another and notice the universal messages of various religions. We want to look at the positives and the universalities of religions, rather than the divisive issues that are often highlighted,” says Debra Schubert, one of the speakers at the panel discussion.


Schubert, a third-year Social Work student and one of two Muslim Peer Chaplains at Luther College, grew up in  Regina in a family with a Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, and she later converted to Islam. She wore a hijab for several years, but recently has chosen not to wear it.

Another speaker confirmed for the panel is Shazia Rehnan of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

“We want to create a dialogue with the community to show what Muslims believe, and demonstrate that Muslims should not be feared,” she says. “We’re just regular people and we’re part of the community.”

People are invited to join the discussion – and Schubert says asking questions is important.

“I’m a convert to Islam, and I didn’t convert by not asking questions.”

Event:        #JeSuisHijabi - Hijab: Who Wears It and Why?

Date:           Thursday, January 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:     Student Lounge, Luther College, University of Regina