Media and Press Kit

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Tim Brauhn
Communications Manager
[email protected] — 720-381-1096

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About Islamic Networks Group (ING)

Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with affiliates around the United States that pursue peace and counter all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism. Since 1993, ING has countered Islamophobia and prevented discrimination by teaching about Muslim traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relationships between American Muslims and other groups.

Leadership: ING values diversity in leadership: Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, staff members. We rely on US-based foundation grants, individual giving, corporate donations, and in-kind partnerships to fund our work. ING is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau. You can view our BBB profile here.

Programs: ING works through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country to provide thousands of presentations, training seminars/workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs.

INGYouth: In response to troubling statistics about anti-Muslim bullying and discrimination in middle and high schools, ING created the INGYouth Program to provide training and tools for young American Muslims. The INGYouth Program builds self-esteem and public speaking confidence to help push back against Islamophobia. Participants practice answering difficult questions about their faith — which they’re especially inundated with at times of crisis — and gain certification that supplements in-class education about Islam and Muslims. The youth who complete the program also gain better self-understanding and a deeper sense of their religion's place in their lives. As of summer 2017, the program has certified 52 Muslim youth speakers across the country.

Know Your Neighbor: In December of 2015, the Know Your Neighbor initiative was launched as a policymaking effort by the Obama Administration's Office of Public Engagement at the White House. It was later expanded to grassroots outreach activity by ING, and became known as Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters (KYN-ME). The first official public campaign launched in June of 2017. The KYN-ME network currently consists of more than 70 interfaith organizations located in all 50 states that work together to dispel stereotypes through education and interfaith engagement.

Quick Facts

ING has delivered educational presentations and products for 24 years in a variety of settings: classrooms, boardrooms, hospitals, houses of worship, police departments, municipal governments, civic organizations, and more. Its trained presenters have spoken with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States and beyond to give them an overview of who American Muslims are, what they believe, and how they practice their religion. Here are a few highlights from that work:

  1. Over the past 24 years, ING and its Affiliates' speakers and panelists have spoken to millions of Americans through thousands of presentations across the country.
  2. ING has delivered Cultural Diversity Seminars to corporate clients like Google and the Northern Trust Company, nonprofit organizations like the American Red Cross, government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, and healthcare providers like Kaiser Permanente.
  3. Educators in 35 states — plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands — and four Canadian provinces utilize ING lesson plans and curricula to provide accurate teaching about Islam, Muslims, and interfaith relations. These materials are deployed in over 170 American K-12 schools and more than 40 colleges.
  4. On any given day, ING Speakers present in three locations around the country, engaging people in face-to-face education and encounter, completing over 1,000 presentations and panel discussions each year.
  5. Negative attitudes and prejudice against Islam and Muslims based on misinformation are prevalent in the United States. The Islamic Speakers Bureau provides trained and certified presenters to speak at a personal level about Islam. The audience attitude surveys collected from middle and high schools and universities show the very real impact of those face-to-face presentations:
    • Those who believe that Muslims view women as inferior falls by over 70%.
    • Those who believe that Islam promotes violence decreases by over 77%.
    • Those who see American Muslims as “foreigners who do not speak English” decreases by over 56%.
    • The percentage of those recognizing that Muslims have long been part of the history of our country rises by 33%.

Media Archive

Media coverage of ING's programs and people includes major print and digital outlets across the US and internationally. For the full archive, see ING in the News.

Expert Profiles

Maha Elgenaidi - Executive Director Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and a B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She is a part-time lecturer on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Kate Chance - Interfaith Coordinator Kate obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in the Study of Religion, with concentrations in Islam and Hinduism. Before joining ING, Kate worked for the University of Florida’s Center for Global Islamic Studies and Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions, helping to coordinate conferences and events and creating interfaith initiatives in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College, with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Religion.

Ishaq Pathan - INGYouth Manager Ishaq earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Anthropology and minors in Education and Middle Eastern & Islamic World Studies. For his anthropology senior thesis, he performed an ethnographic study on American mosques and the perspectives of the Muslims who attend them. While at Hamilton, he served as the Senior Chapel Fellow; president of the Muslim Student Association; and co-founder of the All Beliefs Union, an organization dedicated toward promoting dialogue between people from different religious and secular backgrounds. Ishaq is also a member of the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni network and the International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota.

Ameena Jandali - Content Director Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She has also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team teaches classes on Islam as well as Women in the Middle East at City College of San Francisco. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois.

Tim Brauhn - Communications Manager Tim received his MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a concentration in Religion and Politics in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also has a BA in English Language and Literature from Aurora University in Illinois. Tim was an inaugural member of the Faiths Act Fellowship, an elite international program for interfaith leaders run by the Interfaith Youth Core and Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Press Releases

Testimonials

  • "My students appreciated getting to interact with, ask questions of, and learn from an intelligent and engaging Muslim presenter. This positive interaction will go a long way in combating stereotypes. The speaker was fantastic and connected with the kids right away. I could tell they felt comfortable with her and were engaged."

    - Elementary school teacher after ISB presentation

  • "With all the media focus on negative aspects of religion, it’s relieving and reassuring to hear religion from people who are there to educate, not convert or press their views."

    - San Jose State University professor after IFSB panel

  • "On the way home from the mall, I saw a Muslim woman dressed modestly. My mother also noticed, and thanks to the ING speaker, I could explain it to my mother.”

    - Middle school student, San Jose, after ISB presentation

  • "Our speaker was professional, kind, and connected very well with my students. He was very down-to-earth and attentive to the kids. He told them that their questions were great, which validated them! Our speaker did a phenomenal job!"

    - Middle school teacher, San Leandro, after ISB presentation

  • "It’s important to learn about other religions and cultures so we can better understand our clients and be more open-minded about the world since we are a global company. The presentation on Ramadan was an excellent event."

    - Partner at Northern Trust Company, Chicago, after ISB presentation

  • "Maha received a heart-felt standing ovation. This is either very rare — or it has never happened with our group. So, 'outstanding' may start to characterize the group's evaluation."

    - Kiwanis Club member, Palo Alto, after ISB presentation

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Media Contact:

Tim Brauhn
Communications Manager
[email protected] — 720-381-1096