Vision, Mission and Principles

Vision

Islamic Networks Group (ING) envisions a world in which people of diverse backgrounds are understood and respected and their contributions valued, and in which American Muslim communities play a vital role in promoting values of inclusion and coexistence.

Mission

In pursuit of this vision, ING’s mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. ING emphasizes the importance of countering all forms of bigotry while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.

Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement. We work though regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and 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. Reaching hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at the grassroots level, ING is building bridges among people of all backgrounds.

Principles

ING programs are based on the following principles:

  • We believe in adhering to the highest standard of professionalism in the operation of our organization, striving for full accountability and transparency.
  • We believe that a deeper understanding of different religions and cultures contributes to peace and harmony in the world.
  • We believe that diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and ideologies contributes to personal enrichment and social strength.
  • We interact with people based on the belief that they are good, decent, and honest human beings, and we respect their diverse beliefs and practices.
  • We emphasize face-to-face interaction with our audiences as an effective way to overcome stereotypes and prejudice and build bridges of understanding and friendship.
  • We strive to build long-term, honest, and intimate relationships with individuals and institutions by meeting their needs and expectations, valuing their feedback, and delivering top quality products and services, based on scholarship.
  • We hold ourselves to the highest standards of behavior and character, including good manners, kindness, sincerity, integrity, authenticity, generosity, and a dedication to continuous learning and growth.
  • We subscribe to the principles expressed in the religion clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; our products and services are therefore academic, informative, objective, neutral, but never devotional in nature.

ING and the First Amendment Center

For more information, please refer to “Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools, 2007 Revision” by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas. This publication can be downloaded from the First Amendment Center website. Read More.

ING and the Environment

Environmentally-Friendly Policies
Adopted by ING and the Board of Trustees on January 8, 2007

ING has initiated a variety of actions to make our workplace, publications, and activities as environmentally friendly and socially sound as possible. Additionally, all our employees and volunteer speakers have pledged to be more environmentally conscious in their homes and communities. The following are specific actions that we are currently implementing to ensure a more environmentally responsible workplace. Read More.