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Table of Contents:
- ING Changes Hearts and Minds
- Recent Featured Events
- ING Speakers Continue to Inspire Even After They Leave the Classroom
- ING Affiliates Reach Thousands Every Day
ING’s Programs and People Change Hearts and Minds
With the election year upon us, some politicians are stoking Islamophobia with uninformed and often bigoted comments. Fortunately, their efforts have stirred a more positive backlash in the form of increased demand for accurate first-hand education about Islam and Muslims. Even without marketing, ING has had several busy months, and the remainder of the year looks to be even busier, as shown by the figures below. These figures reflect our work in the San Francisco Bay area, and the work of our nearly 20 Affiliates show that this phenomenon is reflected nationwide. Learn more about our new Affiliates here.
Since the start of the school year in September, ING and Affiliate Speakers presented or are scheduled to present to over 900 groups reaching over 35,000 people face-to-face. These presentations have a dramatic impact on attitudes toward not only Muslims, but the other religions represented on our interfaith panels: Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism.
The following data are from surveys conducted with high school students from September 2015 to the present, and show that after an ING presentation:
Knowledge of Islam and Muslims rises considerably:
Those who believe that Muslims
view women as inferior falls by over 70%:
Those who see American Muslims as “foreigners who
do not speak English” decreases by over 56%:
Those who believe that Islam promotes
violence decreases by over 77%:
Recent Featured Events
ING Staff and Speakers deliver hundreds of presentations and workshops each year. Our work is tailored to meet the specific needs of diverse audiences across a range of sectors. Here’s a typical sampling of our training seminars and presentations.
ING Speakers Continue to Inspire Even
After They Leave the Classroom
Face-to-face presentations with Muslim speakers can have a huge impact on a young person’s life. Following a presentation on “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith” at an Alameda high school, students created these art projects with basic facts about Islam, basing their designs on the Speaker’s presentation. One student told our speaker: “I have such a deep love for Islam. You really inspired me to explore it more deeply. P.S. I’m not Muslim.”
Visit our site to learn more about the work of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau and Islamic Speakers Bureau, including how to schedule presentations and panels.
ING Affiliates Reach Thousands Every Month
Last weekend, ING staff traveled to Michigan to deliver a packed schedule of trainings, workshops, and events. After an engaging Friday night lecture about responding to anti-Muslim sentiment, on Saturday ING staff led an interfaith training for the Muslim community – Thriving in Difficult Times. This was followed on Sunday by a speakers training, and an INGYouth workshop for parents and students. Staff were thrilled at the enthusiastic turnout for each event – many of which were standing-room only.
Our Michigan Affiliate is one of the oldest in our nationwide network of almost 20 Affiliates which replicate ING’s work through speakers bureaus, workshops, and trainings in their own local contexts. Last month, Affiliates reached over 3,000 people directly through face-to-face panels and presentations, and many thousands more through online engagement. Learn more about our Affiliates here.
We are grateful to you our donors, supporters, and allies for believing in the value and necessity of this work, and for contributing your time, energies, and resources to help ING to continue to change hearts and minds. Please consider making a donation today to help us strengthen and expand the impact of our work.