Past Events – December 2019 In fulfillment of ING’s mission of promoting 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, here are highlights of prominent events during this month. Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) Events 12/7: Peacemaking in Religion in Mountain View From left to right, ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi, Diane Frankle, Tenzin Chogkyi, Sheila Mohan speaking on a panel hosted by the Church of Scientology of Silicon Valley. In recognition of the UN’s International Human Rights day, December 10th, ING panelists discussed the issue of human rights from each of their faith’s perspective in addition to the role religious communities have in promoting peace and safeguarding human rights around the world. To book an Interfaith Speakers Bureau panel, visit this page. Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) Events 12/21: Challenges and Opportunities in American Muslim Societies as Immigrants in Concord ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi delivering the keynote address at the annual Pacifica Institute retreat in Concord. Maha addressed the topic of what the Muslim American community can learn from Jewish and Christian communities in creating a unique Muslim American experience and identity. This was followed by forty-five minutes of Q &A and discussion with the two hundred attendees. 12/16: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith in Belmont ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan speaking to middle school students in Belmont. Ishaq provided an overview of Muslims and Islam in the context of content standards and answered questions about his personal experience of growing up as a Muslim while attending public school. 12/13: Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes in North Dakota ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali speaking to high school students in North Dakota via webinar. Ameena presented an overview of the status of Muslim women today in areas such as education, work, government, and movements for reform and the contributions of notable Muslim women both historically and today in politics, academia, sports, and other fields. She also addressed some major misconceptions about Muslim women and concluded with an overview of Muslim organizations working for women’s rights. After the presentation, the teacher remarked, “My class left which a much better understanding that the religion on Islam is not what they see in the media – all those involved live very diverse and different lives just as everyone else does!” 12/12: Islamophobia and Its Impact in Salinas ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan speaking to high school students in Salinas via webinar. Ishaq provided an overview of Muslim contributions to world civilization before delving into Islamophobia, its history, and the numerous ways it affects Muslim Americans today. 12/5: Challenging Islamophobia in Santa Cruz ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi speaking to students at the University of California – Santa Cruz. Maha began by defining and examining both historic and contemporary sources which contribute to Islamophobia. She then looked at ways that Islamophobia is disseminated, including through the media, Hollywood, politicians, the internet and social media among others and how it manifests in discrimination of Muslim Americans and U.S. domestic and foreign policies. She concluded with strategies for countering Islamophobia through education and interfaith engagement. 12/4: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith in Occidental ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan speaking to middle school students in Occidental via webinar. In addition to teaching about Muslims and their Faiths in the context of social studies, Ishaq answered questions on contemporary events relating to Islam and addressed his own personal experiences growing up as a Muslim student in middle school. 12/2 and 12/3: Islamophobia and Its Impact in Woodside ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan and Content Manager Ameena Jandali speaking to the entire 9th grade class in Woodside. Ishaq and Ameena both provided a brief background on Muslims and Islam to supplement studies on religion before addressing centuries-old frames and stereotypes about Muslims that are currently perpetuated by Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. 12/1: World AIDS Day National Observance Invocation in San Francisco ING Bay Area Director delivering the opening invocation for World Aids Day 2019 at the National Aids Memorial Grove. During the invocation, Ishaq recited from the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, and proceeded to touch on the importance of reflecting upon, remembering, and celebrating the universal value of the sanctity of life. To book an ING presentation, visit this page. INGYouth Events 12/21: Being a Young Muslim in the US: Context, Identity, and Belonging in Concord ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan delivering a workshop to young adults at the annual Pacifica Institute retreat in Concord. Ishaq facilitated a discussion among high school and college aged participants on how they navigate their lives as Muslim Americans in the United States. The fruitful conversation revolved around identity and belonging. 12/13: INGYouth Workshop in New Jersey ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan delivering this speaker training with teens from our New Jersey ING affiliate via webinar. Throughout the speaker training, students learned how to present about Muslims and Islam in the context of social studies classrooms in schools. They also presented creative skits to address how to respond to difficult questions on contemporary issues relating to Muslims. To book an INGYouth workshop, visit this page.