From: Rita Kay Calhoun <r.calhoun**At_Symbol_Here**MOREHEADSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Synthetic Hijabs in Labs
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 17:11:39 +0000
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Would something like a Particle Protection hood Fisher #01-349-8 work? Can't tell for sure what it's made of.

It is refreshing and comforting, actually, to see people being sensitive to cultural differences. There is so much hate and stupidity being spread right now it is scary and infuriating.


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Wilhelm, Monique
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 9:56 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Synthetic Hijabs in Labs

Hello Everyone,

The wearing of synthetic hijabs in labs is a growing concern in my dept and we want to be sure to address the issue in a culturally sensitive manner. However, none of us is Muslim and so we are seeking input. We ask students not to wear synthetic clothing to lab. Some still do and we don't really have a means to monitor and aren't very concerned because we require a lab coat with at least 35% cotton that happens to cover the clothing in case of a spill or fire. But, the lab coat does not cover any head covering.

We recently had a fire in our organic lab and had a student who should have been right near the fire who was wearing a synthetic hijab that day. She immediately realized how devastating it would have been had she been at her hood when her partner's materials caught fire. And, we all agree.

So, I am looking to others to determine how you address this issue. We don't want to suggest in any way that they don't wear a hijab (they have enough pressures from society in this regard as of late)....just that they wear a cotton one or if there is something available to cover it like the lab coat covers the shirts.

I appreciate any and all input you may have, especially if you are one with experience wearing a hijab in a lab setting.

Thank you,
Monique Wilhelm
Laboratory Supervisor/Adjunct Lecturer/Chem Club Co-Advisor Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Michigan-Flint Flint, MI 48502

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