Dr. Jamal will be speaking on the parallels and distinctions of religious, racial and cultural diversity as it specifically applies to businesses in Fort Bend
County. Specifically, beliefs, practices and common cultural behaviors that require religious accommodation in the workplace will be highlighted. Attendees will leave better equipped and knowledgeable about the dynamic differences and similarities individuals share with their colleagues and employees.
Zahra Jamal has taught at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU), and Palmer Trinity, a college preparatory school. She founded and directed the Civil Islam Initiative at University of Chicago and the Central Asia and International Development Initiative at MSU. She has consulted for the UN, State Department, Aga Khan Development Network, Swiss Development Cooperation, and Aspen Institute. Dr. Jamal received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and double B.A. in Slavic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Rice. She joined the Institute in July 2015.