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Twitter Chat Reaches 1.5 Million People

Earlier today, ING co-hosted a Twitter Chat alongside the U.S. Department of Education, Family Online Safety Institute, GLSEN and the Music in Me Foundation on moving from bystander to upstander. Using the hashtag #BeAnUpstander, they answered questions on how youth, parents, teachers, and children at high-risk for bullying can take action when they witness bullying. The campaign reached over 1.5 million people and gathered over 10 million impressions. Check out the wealth of resources shared on Twitter.


San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Endorses ING

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo endorses ING for its 25 years of service in pursuing peace, promoting values of inclusion and mutual respect, and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement. View the full endorsement letter here, along with other letters of endorsements here!



Upcoming Featured ING Events

Workplace Religious Diversity Symposium:
October 29th in Palisades, New York

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel about religion and workplace trends and accomodations for the Tanenbaum Center’s 2018 Religious Diversity Symposium. Tanenbaum is a valued Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters partner organization.

American Muslim Beliefs and Practices:
October 29th in San Jose

ING Civic and Community Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will discuss American Muslims and their faith. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Religious Pluralism in the United States:
October 30th in Seaside

How do different religions view the beliefs and practices of other traditions? Is adherence to one religious tradition compatible with respect for the many other religious traditions and convictions in our world? The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) will address these questions and more for an upcoming panel at California State University in Seaside as part of their Inclusive Excellence program. To book an interfaith panel, visit this site.

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING’s programs. On Sunday, November 4th, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities. Joining Ishaq will be ING Affiliate Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau Director Nabeeh Hasan and ING Interfaith Speaker Lakshmi Chandrashekar Subramanian.

Teaching About Religion in Public/Private Schools Webinar Series:
Final Webinar on November 7th

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and a special guest speaker Dr. Susan Douglass from Georgetown University for a two-part webinar series for educators on teaching about religions:
  • Guidelines For Teaching About Religion (Recording Forthcoming) with Dr. Susan Douglass and Ishaq Pathan
  • Resources For Teaching About Religions (Wednesday, November 7th) with Dr. Susan Douglass, Ameena Jandali and Ishaq Pathan

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes:
November 13th in San Francisco

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes,” one of ING’s core presentations, to students at the Notre Dame De Namur University. Her talk will explore the history and contemporary lives of Muslim women around the world, including common misconceptions. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Past ING Events

Maha Elgenaidi Serves as Advisor to the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST)

ING Executive Director, Maha Elgenaidi who is a long-time advisor to California’s Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training on hate crimes and cultural diversity education, spent two days working with the Commission, law enforcement agencies, and community representatives (picture above) to update the state’s policy and guidelines for police training on hate crimes. Included in the policy is training on Muslim communities who are experiencing an unprecedented rate of hate crimes.

Public Hearing Discusses Bias-Related Bullying

Joining other community representatives from the LGBTQ, Jewish, Sikh, African American and Latino communities, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi served as a panelist for Assemblymember Kansen Chu’s public hearing on bullying awareness. Panelists discussed bullying in and outside of school and how we can collaborate at the state and local level to combat this issue. Maha focused on ING’s work in schools countering religious and ethnic based bullying through education.

Students Learn About Muslim Contributions to Civilization

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan spoke to a middle school in Fremont about Muslim Contributions to Civilization. Over the course of the day, he touched on contributions relating to home & daily life, art, architecture and science. More than a dozen other presentations on the same topic are planned in schools. To book a presentation on the same topic, visit this site.

“Why Do Some Muslim Women Wear Hijab?”

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali presented “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes” to two classes on world religion at a private high school in San Francisco. She described the origins of common stereotypes before describing the diversity among Muslim women worldwide and highlighting notable Muslim women as well as scriptural teachings about women’s role and rights. Students plied her with questions about the disparity between these teachings and actual practice as well as questions about hijab and its various forms.

Exploring Interfaith Views on Death

ING Interfaith Speaker Madhu Kopalle and ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan presented on an interfaith panel at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple on death. Panelists fielded questions about an afterlife, grief, and doctrine surrounding death.

ING Staff Participate in Media Training

ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen participated in a media training hosted by ReThink Media, CAIR-SFBA and MCC-East Bay. Over the course of the training, participants prepared for media interviews and learned about psychology of decision-making, while connecting with other leaders working in the field.

Students Learn About Cultural Interactions Between East and West

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan presented about Muslim Contributions to Civilization to students at a middle school in Cupertino. He spoke about the ways in which different civilizations have worked together through trader to produce the ideas and technologies we have today.

ING Participates in 7th Grade Cultural Fair

ING Deputy Director led a station on Muslims and Islam for the 7th Grade Cultural Assembly on Middle Eastern Cultures, Religions and Traditions at a middle school in Hillsborough. Over the course of the day, small groups of students rotated to his booth where they learned about the diversity of Muslims around the world and about the harms of stereotypes. Other stations focused on music, food, art and clothing from the Middle East.

“Why do you believe what you believe?”

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan alongside Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Pagan panelists presented at the semi-annual Open Dialogue on Religion at the University of Santa Cruz. Panelists fielded a wide variety of questions covering topics like what happens after death, stereotypes, and forgiveness.

“I had no idea Moses and Jesus are also in the Qur’an”

Members of a San Francisco church gathered to learn more about Muslims and their faith at a presentation by ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali on Friday and were surprised to learn of the commonalities with their own faith, including Islam’s recognition of and respect for many biblical figures.