ING Participates in U.S. Department of Education Twitter Chat – Reaches 24 Million Impressions

Earlier today, ING participated on a U.S. Department of Education Stopbullying.gov Twitter Chat alongside dozens of partners that included Dr. Deborah Temkin, GLSEN, Mental Health America, and the Pacer Center. Using the hashtag #BullyingLaws, they answered questions about various laws and policies on bullying. The campaign reached over half a million people and gathered 24 million impressions. Check out the wealth of resources shared on Twitter. Some of our tweets included the following:

 Race in America: The Covington Affair and American Reactions

The recent confrontations in Washington, D.C., between white high school students, Native Americans, and African-Americans, and the widely differing perceptions of and reactions to them, have revealed how far we as Americans have to go in understanding one another across racial and cultural lines. ING Content Manager and Marketing Analyst Dr. Henry Millstein reflects on this challenge and ways to meet it in his latest article.

Congratulations to ING Deputy Director for Receiving an IFYC Interfaith Innovation Fellowship!

Congratulations to ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan for being one of the Interfaith Youth Core’s 2019 Interfaith Innovation Fellows! We are excited to engage in the project for this fellowship, called “Supporting Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh Teens to Raise Awareness on Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and/or Anti-Sikh Bigotry in Their Schools.” Read more about it here.

Upcoming Featured ING Events

Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment:
February 2 in Stanford

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will be among the speakers at the Hollyhock Equity in Education Conference for the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her seminar will begin with a conversation about common stereotypes relating to Muslims and their faith followed by a conversation on Islamophobia and its roots, an overview of Muslim traditions and practices, as well as pertinent contemporary issues, and their implications for Muslim students. The seminar will also cover federal laws and education codes pertaining to teaching about religion and address the topic of religious practice in the public school system. It will conclude with tips for interacting with Muslim students in a post 9/11 environment while ensuring an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students in which they can fulfill their potential and perform their best. Teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to share their experiences teaching in today’s diverse classrooms.To schedule a seminar, visit our site.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith:
February 7 in Santa Rosa

ING speaker Aisha Jill Morgan will present “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith,” one of ING’s core presentations, at a Catholic church in Santa Rosa. She will introduce the beliefs and practices of American Muslims today in all their diversity and present the long history of Muslims in America. To book a presentation about American Muslims, visit our site.

Countering Islamophobia in Our Schools:
February 6 in Milpitas

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Community Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will present a diversity seminar to administrators, educators, and school staff at the Milpitas Unified School District. The seminar will provide them with an understanding of the challenges faced by Muslim students and parents in the current political environment and of solutions for addressing these challenges. To schedule a diversity seminar, visit our site.

Join us for Creating Inclusive Classrooms: February 2 in Lafayette

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will present at the Creating Peaceful Schools conference. The conference runs from 9:00am-4:00pm where Ishaq will present between 1:00 and 2:15pm on creating inclusive classrooms through the INGYouth program, which proactively addresses religious-based bullying by providing Muslim teens with the skills and tools they need to counter bigotry and respond knowledgeably to challenging questions and negative stereotyping not only from their peers but also from teachers, school staff, and administrators. Participants will have the opportunity to hear reflections from one of our INGYouth Speakers, who will deliver a basic presentation about Muslims. For more information about our INGYouth program, visit our site.

Round Table Discussion on American Muslims: February 11 in San Jose


ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate in a round table discussion with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition about the daily practices of American Muslims. There will be ample time for Q&A. To book a presentation about American Muslims, visit our site.

Join us for Common Values of Abrahamic Faith Traditions:
February 16 in Rocklin

Members of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) will speak on a panel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. This panel will occur as part of a Continuing Education Day titled, “UNUM SINT” – Unity and Justice in Tumultuous Times. There will be various events from 8:00am-8:00pm with ING’s panel on Interfaith Dialogue: Common Values of Abrahamic Faith Traditions from 1:00pm-2:30pm. To book an interfaith panel, visit our site.

Developing Cultural Competency: Working with American Muslim Communities: February 26 and 28 in San Jose

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will present a cultural diversity seminar to the San Jose State University Police Department to increase awareness of American Muslim culture, enhance cultural competency skills, and develop relationships with American Muslim students. If you’re a police officer and are interested in attending either of the seminars, write to [email protected]. To book a cultural diversity seminar, visit our site.

Past ING Events

ING Participated in a High School’s Unity Week

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan spoke to five classes about countering Islamophobia through education at a high school in Sonoma County. This presentation was part of the school’s Unity Week, which has featured speakers from many backgrounds and has offered the students a healthy array of different perspectives. To book a presentation on American Muslims, visit our site.

ING Spoke at a Justice Summit Focusing on Gender and Religious Leadership

Members of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) participated in a high school’s annual Justice Summit by bringing Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist speakers to talk about gender and religious leadership. The four panels of speakers addressed the topic for 1,200 students over two days, during which they discussed religious leadership models for women, obstacles women confront in religious leadership, and ways to overcome challenges through interfaith engagement. The students had a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers from the various traditions in addition to their own Catholic women leaders at their school. To book an interfaith panel, visit our site.

Catholic Teacher Expressed Gratitude for ING Interfaith Panel

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi facilitated and spoke as a Muslim on an ING interfaith panel with Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian speakers via webinar to a private high school in Delaware on “Women and Religion”. The teacher expressed immense gratitude for the panel.
 
In her words: “I just wanted to thank you all so much for such an experiential meeting. This was the first experience many of our students had with those outside of the Christian/ Catholic context, however for those who identified within the four religions represented they FINALLY felt a sense of ‘home’.”
 
To book an interfaith panel, visit our site.