Voices of Inclusion; Upcoming ING Events

“Know Your Classmates” Launched to Build Inclusion

Last Thursday, Beyond Differences and Islamic Networks Group launched Know Your Classmates, a national program designed to empower youth to break down barriers around cultural differences to build inclusive communities within schools. The two nonprofit organizations created curriculum for Know Your Classmates and designated October 21 Know Your Classmates Day. The curriculum includes in-class exercises to address Islamophobia, which is leading to social isolation and bullying of Muslim students. For more information about the launch, click here.


Youth Speaks at Interfaith Program in Alameda

Last week, INGYouth Coordinator Ishaq Pathan spoke at the Power of Faith Panel hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. Joined by Yu-Shuan Tarango Sho of the Jesus, Justice, and Poverty Institute and Danny Farkas of the North Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation, Ishaq discussed the new INGYouth Speakers Program and the formation of young Muslim leaders. All three panelists discussed the importance of valuing young people for their input and decisions to ultimately create a sense of mutual respect. Learn more about our INGYouth program here.


ING CEO Speaks at Grace Cathedral Forum

ING CEO Maha Elgenaidi addressed a packed audience of 200 people at The Forum at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, October 2. During her talk, Maha discussed the issue of who belongs in America and also spoke about the American Muslim experience. Click here for an audio recording of the event.


Interfaith Theatre Project Forming

Twelve actors are needed for an interfaith theater project about Mary/Maryam in the Christian and Islamic traditions at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz. Inspired by ING’s Halaqa-Seder program, the play is written and directed by Dr. Victoria Rue. The performance on Dec. 11 will include a table discussion among members of the audience and a community meal. All are invited to come to a preliminary meeting tonight (Oct. 6) from 7–8:30 p.m. to read scenes from the play and discover the beauty of these two religions. No acting experience is necessary. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Rue.