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New ING Op-Ed on Presidential Proclamation
“Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes”
Sometimes referred to as a Muslim Ban
Teacher’s Guide to the Study of Religion in Schools
The postcard above, which also lists the presentations and panels that we offer free of charge, was recently sent to educators across the Bay Area. Please share this information with your children’s teachers and all Social Studies educators.
For nearly twenty-five years, ING has provided education about Muslims and their faith to educators across the country through interactive presentations. And since 2009, we’ve also assembled interfaith panels featuring representatives from the five major world faiths for a variety of venues. Our Frequently Asked Questions about Islam and Muslims, Sharia, Islamophobia, and ISIS are updated regularly as a resource for educators, parents, and students. For teachers in areas where we cannot provide a speaker, we are pleased to provide access to one of our main presentations and online curriculum free of charge.
We hope you find this information useful!
Highlights of Past Events
ING Director Speaks at California Vision 2020
Conference on Religious Freedom and American Muslims
On Saturday, September 23rd, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi spoke at the California Vision 2020 conference on “Religious Freedom and the Political Environment of American Muslims.” She was introduced by Asif Haq, Director of ING’s affiliate in Sacramento. You can watch a video of her speech here and read it in its entirety on our Staff Blog.
Educator Seminar on Creating Inclusive Classrooms
for High School Staff and Administrators
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi delivered a special educator seminar for more than 100 staff and administrators from a local high school on Monday, September 25th, aimed at increasing cultural competency and creating more inclusive classrooms. Get more information on ING’s Cultural Diversity seminars here.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Begins
“Knowing Our Muslim Neighbors” Series
Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) Hosts
Conversation on Compassionate Santa Clara County
On Sunday, September 24th, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) invited ING Interfaith Manager Kate Chance to be a panelist leading the conversation on what it means for a county to be compassionate and what obstacles we face in doing so. SiVIC’s Board of Directors has been working hard to declare a “Compassionate Santa Clara County” and this meeting was part of that long-term effort.
Rosh Hashanah and Islamic New Year
INGYouth Training Workshop in Palo Alto
INGYouth Manager Ishaq Pathan delivered a Teen Empowerment Workshop for a dozen Muslim teens in Palo Alto on September 15th. They spoke about sources of stress in school including bullying and how they can address and prevent it. The group also practiced answering some of our Frequently Asked Questions and discussed public presentation skills.
One of the students noted that, “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ishaq and my classmates during our sessions to dive deeper into what it is like being a Muslim. Ishaq was enthusiastic, had a great sense of humor, and engaged us with fun skits and mini-presentations. I would definitely recommend ING to a friend.” Get more information about the INGYouth Program by contacting Ishaq Pathan at 408-296-7312 x 130 or [email protected]
Upcoming ING Events
On Wednesday, October 25th, ING Content Director Ameena Jandali will lead a group discussion about modern challenges and opportunities facing American Muslim women for the Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS) group at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland.
National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit:
December 2-3 in Washington, DC
ING is pleased to be a part of the Steering Committee for the National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). Teasing, harassment, and bullying based on real or perceived religious differences have become an increasingly prevalent problem on school campuses. The primary objective of the Summit is to share research and best practices about an increasingly serious problem facing youth of various religious backgrounds. At this time of heightened fear and discrimination, such an event and the efforts that follow from it are of critical importance. Registration is now open.