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Building a More Inclusive and
Equitable America

Who We Are

We’re Americans of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds working together towards peace in our country and around the world.

Our Team

What We Do

Our mission is to promote peace among all, by fostering a deeper, more nuanced understanding of Muslims and other faith-based, racial/ethnic, and cultural communities, through teaching, learning, and engaging across differences.

Support

We support educators and trainers with speakers and online curriculum

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Train

We train educators and trainers about diverse populations

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Gather

We provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds to engage with one another

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How We Do It

Tailored Content

We tailor our presentations and panels for each audience group. No two ING presentations or events are alike.

Expert Speakers

We select speakers who represent their communities through their identification with and active membership in community organizations.

Professional Development

We train educators and trainers to train their co-workers and add to their internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies.

Online Resources

We produce content that supplements existing courses or curriculum and addresses contemporary issues.

Working to Make a Difference

Based on surveys and evaluations by requesters of our programs,
this percentage of them report the following

96%

report ING content is relevant, and fulfills their needs and expectations.

98%

give high ratings to our speakers’ skills in knowledge, delivery, and effectiveness.

96%

report high rates of satisfaction with our presentations and panels.

Upcoming ING Events

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A History of Muslims in America

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

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Getting to Know Muslim Americans and Their Faith

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

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Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

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Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

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The Latest From ING

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Year-End Appeal: Thank You for All Your Support; 12/8/10

Thank you for your continued support and generous gifts to ING. Your support this year has helped build a more peaceful, harmonious community by allowing us to: Reach thousands of students, community members, service providers and professionals through the Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus Build relationships among members of the Bay Area’s diverse communities Expand our work nationally by partnering with other communities around the country that have benefited from our expertise and programs Work with federal agencies to help prevent harassment and hate   Read More

Popular Protests in Egypt Forge Change Not Only in Politics, But in Perceptions; 2/11/11

02/11/11 – A new day has dawned in the Middle East and in the world. The entire world has watched as for nearly three weeks, Egyptian protestors have called for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt with an iron hand for the past 30 years. These protests have not only created a sea change in the way that the mainly autocratic rulers of the region will function, but how the rest of the world views the region, not only politically, but at a human level. For while the protestors have not only inspired the entire world with their bravery and courage, they have also achieved what organizations like ING have worked for over nearly two decades: they have challenged many of the common stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims that have for so long prevailed in the media, Hollywood, politics, and society. Those frames have commonly been used to paint a picture that both demonizes Arabs and Muslims and portrays them as “the Other,” worthy only of our fear and contempt. Read More

ING Speakers Bureau Training Workshops in Dallas, Texas February 25-27; 2/24/11

02/24/11 – Today Muslims in the U.S. are enduring a wave of hostility and suspicion largely due to a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric, fear- mongering and misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims. From the Park51 controversy and protests against proposed mosques across the country, to the planned Qur’an burning and continuous demonization of Muslim individuals and groups, Islamophobia has pervaded the media, politics, and the general culture in the U.S. The need for better education about Muslims is crucial. According to a 2010 Gallup Poll, 53% of Americans have an unfavorable view of Islam; 52% admit to feeling prejudice toward Muslims; 66% disagree that Muslims accept other religions; 68% disagree that Christians’ and Muslims’ religious beliefs are basically the same; and 81% disagree that most Muslims believe women and men should have equal rights. However this and other polls have indicated that perceptions about Islam improve by 50% if people have a personal relationship with a Muslim. The onus is upon Muslims to represent themselves rather than allowing others to misrepresent them. Each one of us can make a difference in changing perceptions to increase interreligious understanding and mutual respect among all Americans, and create a more harmonious society and world. Read More
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Listening to Those We Serve

The entire experience of planning a series of seminars with ING was inspirational. They did an amazing job. The ING team welcomed input along the way which allowed each session to be even better than the one before it. We will continue to work with ING as I am confident that they will continue to provide value in our work.

City Human Resources Director

I thought the ING seminar, “Preventing and Responding to Anti-Muslim Bigotry,” was an extremely valuable training for law enforcement, especially in today’s day and age with all the misunderstandings and misperceptions of the Muslim community…I feel this training will help my staff and I in developing better relationships and in responding to the needs of our community. I highly recommend this training to others.

Police Captain

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