I am grateful to have had HUM 130 as a motivating force to attend a Muslim prayer service which had always intrigued me. I chose the Ajyal Islamic Center in International Village as my friend is a regular practitioner. Although I was nervous, I felt very welcome in the space and was constantly tended to for my entire stay and given a huge container of food on my way out. Considering tensions, whether real or perceived, that can exist between Muslim communities and western power structures, I was grateful for the opportunity to break that segregation for a moment. It was only two weeks before the terrible tragedy that occurred in New Zealand.
I think that having these field trips as a graded component of HUM 130 is an excellent part of the course and I am happy to know future participants will also have this opportunity.