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Islamic group pressures MU for more diversity training
by Mará Rose Williams
The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday showed up on the University of Missouri's Columbia campus and publicly criticized the school's handling of complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination from a Muslim student.
The student, Fatma El-Walid, whose family is from Libya but lives in Columbia, has filed a lawsuit against professor Michael Garcia. It accuses him of making sexually harassing and discriminatory remarks that referred to her religion and traditional dress.
In the shadow of the MU columns, the organization called for mandatory sensitivity and cultural competency training classes for faculty, staff and students.
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