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Our Muslim Neighbors

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The Town of Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill hosted a
community dinner to come together in the hopes of a better
understanding of and dialogue with the Muslim community.

We have been meeting to identify strategies to address the
issues and concerns, while attempting to achieve the goals:

  • To mobilize the resources of the Town of Chapel Hill,
    UNC-CH, Islamic Community leaders and other
    organizations as appropriate to most effectively support
    and protect members of the Muslim community.
  • To assure that members of the Muslim community feel
    welcome in the town of Chapel Hill and at the University.
  • To assure that members of the Muslim community
    understand how they can access the services of the
    Chapel Hill Police, the Town of Chapel Hill, the University
    and other resources.
  • To initiate actions and processes that will promote the
    above goals.

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Click here for a message from Mayor Pam Hemminger.

In Chapel Hill, a core value is respect for diversity.

Many residents who are Muslim find that their faith distinguishes them from others in our community. In today's political environment, many feel at risk and vulnerable because of their differentness. These feelings heightened after a tragedy in Chapel Hill -- the February 10, 2015, shooting deaths of Razan Abu-Salha, Yusor Abu-Salha and Deah Barakat.

Based upon the belief that Chapel Hill represents everyone who lives, works, plays or prays here, a group of concerned people from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, Duke University, NC Disaster Relief, UNC Dental School, as well as Muslim community leaders and residents of diverse faiths, have come together to discuss ways to collaborate to welcome, support, serve and protect members of the Muslim community.

We are learning from each other, making connections, planning actions and promoting opportunities.

For more information, contact Jim Huegerich at or 919-265-0806.

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