Join us at Countering Islamophobia in Schools Webinars

ING Works with Community Relations Service
on Law Enforcement Training Programs

As trainers for law enforcement and advisors to California’s Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training, the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the US Department of Justice invited ING to a special community meeting in Kansas to help review their new police officer training materials on American Muslims. They were joined by leaders from ING affiliates in St. Louis and Tennessee. The CRS has been conducting these trainings alongside training on Sikh Americans since the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Maha and Ishaq gave valuable feedback gleaned from our many years of cultural diversity seminars for law enforcement officers, and have joined their pool of trainers.

Upcoming Featured ING Events

Back to School Anti-Bullying Webinar Series
Begins August 16th – Register Today

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and special guest speakers for a series of anti-bullying webinars on Countering Islamophobia in Schools. Each webinar is 30-60 minutes long. The first installment kicks off next Thursday, August 16th. The three webinars will cover:

  • Student and Parental Rights & Accommodations (Thursday, August 16th) with Habeeb Quadri, Zahra Billoo, and Ishaq Pathan
  • Muslim Student Experiences & Peer-to-Peer Education (Wednesday, September 5th) with Dalia Mogahed and Ishaq Pathan
  • Reporting and Countering Islamophobia (Thursday, October 11th) with Zahra Billoo and Ishaq Pathan

American Muslims in Today’s Political Environment:
August 24th in Saratoga

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will address the current political environment for Muslims in the United States and engage in conversation on frequently asked questions about Islam.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith:
August 30th in San Francisco

At an upcoming presentation, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will discuss common terminology used by Muslims while outlining their traditions and practices. She will also give an overview of Muslim history in the United States, including notable contemporary American Muslims.


Highlights of Past ING Events

A Thirst for Education and Interfaith Engagement

For the second time this summer, the Kiwanis Club of San Jose brought ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi to their weekly meeting to discuss American Muslims, their history in the U.S., and the current political environment they find themselves in. Kiwanis members expressed a real thirst for the kind of education and interfaith engagement that ING brings to its public presentations.

Interfaith Panel Moves Beyond Caricatures

What values do the world’s religions share? ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan recently facilitated an interfaith panel at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara to answer that question. See what you can learn from the rich, nuanced discussions of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau.

Educator Training:
How to Teach in Turbulent Times

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi delivered a keynote address about Islamophobia and its impact on American Muslims at “Teaching in Turbulent Times,” a special full-day forum for educators created by Facing History and Ourselves. The forum gathered educators from around the Bay Area to discuss how and when to bring important current events and issues into the classroom. With angry immigration debates, the Muslim ban, and rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism dominating the airwaves, it is crucial that our nation’s educators address such topics with appropriate nuance

A Rich Tapestry of American Muslim Civic Life

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan recently presented on ING’s programs at the South Bay Islamic Association alongside representatives from the Islamic Scholarship Fund, North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, Zaytuna College, Rahima Foundation, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (San Francisco Bay Area). These organizations and others like them contribute to the diversity and growth of the American Muslim community. Learn more about how to get involved with ING at our website.

Survey: How Do American Muslims Relate
to Other Minority Groups in America?

Please join our friends from the University of Cincinnati and Michigan State University for a survey to see how American Muslims perceive their social status in relation to other minority groups such as African-Americans or Latinx people, and to the nation as a whole. The study intends to identify ways to strengthen Muslims’ and other minority groups’ position in American society ahead of the 2018 elections (and beyond). You can complete the survey here.

Join the ING Team: Development, Community
Engagement, Programs, & Communications

Come join the team! It’s our 25th year anniversary! We’re seeking excellent candidates to fill a variety of full-time and part-time positions.
Development Associate – Supports planning and implementation of fundraising- and development-related activities for the organization, including grants, major gifts, annual and monthly giving, events, relationships, and communications to support new and existing programs.
Community Organizer – Collaborates between faith communities, INGYouth speakers, and community leaders while representing ING. The Community Organizer also leads national interfaith initiatives, coordinates local interfaith events, acts as facilitator on panels with a variety of topics relating to interfaith relations, and manages existing relationships between ING and its affiliates.
Programs Scheduler – Handles and schedules all requests for ING presentations, lectures, panels, and seminars and distributes ING materials to speakers.
Media Consultant – Develops relationships with journalists as well as drafts and pitches stories to increase attention to ING’s programs in peace-making, educational outreach, and interfaith engagement.
Learn more about the positions and qualifications at our employment page.

Seeking Special Volunteers for Community
Interfaith Engagement in the Bay Area

Are you a retired business executive? Do you have administrative and technical experience, and deep ties to American Muslim life? ING is currently seeking two volunteers (5-10 hours/week) for our community interfaith engagement work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Preference will be given to anyone who has been involved in interfaith work or Islamic schools either as a board member, parent, or educator.
Please write to the ING Executive Director at [email protected] Provide your expertise in the aforementioned areas in 1-2 paragraph

Call for Speakers

The Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau are two of ING’s core programs, with our speakers delivering hundreds of presentations to tens of thousands of individuals each year. In a climate of rising Islamophobia and angry debate about which religions “belong” in America, the need for certified speakers has never been greater. Please consider joining our Speakers Bureaus and pushing back against bigotry with education and interfaith engagement