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150+ Bay Area Religious Leaders Release Statement Today
In Support of Survivors

Initiated by ING Executive Director, Maha Elgenaidi, and working with Jewish and Christian leaders, over 150 San Francisco Bay Area religious leaders (Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu) make a public statement in support of survivors of sexual assault. Released today, their statement reads as follows:

We Stand With You!

San Francisco Bay Area religious leaders stand
in support of survivors of sexual assault
“We believe that sexual assault is not a partisan issue, but a pervasive problem in the United States that requires a public response. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), someone in America is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.
“Ninety percent of adult rape victims are female. Yet out of every 1,000 rapes, only 310 (31%) are reported to the police; only 57 of those result in criminal charges (18% of reported; 5% of total rapes); and, only 13 perpetrators are convicted (4% of reported; 1% of total). The vast majority of survivors never have the opportunity to confront their assailant or find closure in seeing their perpetrator brought to justice…”
Read the rest of the statement here. You can also read about how to further support survivors of sexual assault here.


Know Your Neighbor: Creating Inclusive Classrooms Campaign
Reaches 600,000 people

The Know Your Neighbor Creating Inclusive Classrooms Campaign reached over 600,000 people and garnered over 1,000,000 impressions across the country. Over the course of the week, students, educators and parents were encouraged to share their practices, resources, and concerns when creating inclusive and safe classrooms. While the campaign may be over, you can still view a wealth of important resources here.


Back to School Anti-Bullying Series:
Final Webinar on October 11th

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and special guest speakers for an anti-bullying webinar on Countering Islamophobia in Schools. We’ve recently updated our final webinar on October 11th to include Giselle Klapper from the Sikh Coalition. The webinars are 30-60 minutes long and discuss the following topics:
  • Student and Parental Rights & Accommodations (view recording here) with Habeeb Quadri, Zahra Billoo, and Ishaq Pathan
  • Muslim Student Experiences & Peer-to-Peer Education (view recording here) with Dalia Mogahed and Ishaq Pathan
  • Reporting and Countering Islamophobia (Thursday, October 11th) with Giselle Klapper, Zahra Billoo, and Ishaq Pathan


Announcing: Teaching About Religion in
Public/Private Schools Webinar Series –
First Webinar on October 24th

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and a special guest speaker Dr. Susan Douglass from Georgetown University for a two-part webinar series for educators on teaching about religions:
  • Guidelines For Teaching About Religion (Wednesday, October 24th) with Dr. Susan Douglass and Ishaq Pathan
  • Resources For Teaching About Religions (Wednesday, November 7th) with Dr. Susan Douglass, Ameena Jandali and Ishaq Pathan


Upcoming Featured ING Events

Open Dialogue on Religion:
October 10th in Santa Cruz

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will participate in the University of California at Santa Cruz’s regular Open Dialogue on Religion , which covers a variety of topics relating to religious expression in the United States.

Public Hearing on Bullying Awareness:
October 12th in San Jose

Please join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Assemblymember Kansen Chu for an upcoming public hearing on bullying awareness. Maha will discuss ING’s work in schools countering religious and ethnic based bullying through education. The hearing will be held on Friday, October 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Santa Clara County Board Chambers in San Jose.

Workplace Religious Diversity Symposium:
October 29th in Palisades, New York

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel about religion and workplace discrimination trends for the Tanenbaum Center’s 2018 Religious Diversity Symposium. Tanenbaum is a valued Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters partner organization.

American Muslim Beliefs and Practices:
October 29th in San Jose

ING Civic and Community Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will discuss  American Muslims and their faith , including demographics and basic beliefs and practices.

Religious Pluralism in the United States:
October 30th in Seaside

How do different religions view the beliefs and practices of other traditions? Is adherence to one religious tradition compatible with respect for the many other religious traditions and convictions in our world? The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) will address these questions and more for an upcoming panel at California State University in Seaside as part of their Inclusive Excellence program.

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING’s programs. On Sunday, November 4th, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes:
November 13th in San Francisco

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes,” one of ING’s core presentations, to students at the Notre Dame De Namur University. Her talk will explore the history and contemporary lives of Muslim women around the world, including common misconceptions.