FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn (720-381-1096) or tim@ing.org. 

Greetings of peace,

By now, most American students have begun classes for the fall. While that may prompt a collective sigh of relief from many parents, that's not always the case for families from minority religions and cultures.

As the U.S. Department of Education noted in a recent report , there are roughly 30 religiously-motivated bullying and harassment incidents in our public schools each day.

The attitudes and misperceptions behind the biases that drive those incidents come from parents and, sadly, educators. Accurate educational products, along with face-to-face education and peer-to-peer engagement, are critical to guaranteeing safe learning environments.

Below my signature, please find upcoming events in California, Mississippi, Texas, Canada, and on Facebook where ING speakers and staff will work toward more inclusive spaces for people of all faiths and none.

Thank you,

Tim Brauhn
Communications Manager
720-381-1096
tim@ing.org

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith:
August 30th in San Francisco
On Thursday, August 30th, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will discuss American Muslims and their faith including an overview of their history in the United States , and notable American Muslims today in all walks of life.
Islamic Society of North America Convention:
September 1st-2nd in Houston, Texas
ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will speak in three sessions for the 55th Annual Islamic Society of North America Convention in Houston, Texas. On Saturday, September 1st, from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM (Central Time), she will participate in a spiritual discussion exploring Islamic approaches to anger , and on Sunday, September 2nd, from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM (Central Time), she will participate in a spiritual discussion exploring Islamic approaches to gluttony . On Sunday, September 2nd, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Central Time), Ameena will lead a community discussion on common challenges facing Muslim families today .
Muslim Student Experiences and Peer Education:
September 5th via Facebook Live
On Wednesday, September 5th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time, the second installment in our autumn webinar series on Countering Islamophobia in schools will be delivered via Facebook Live. "Muslim Student Experiences & Peer-to-Peer Education" will feature Ishaq Pathan, ING Deputy Director; and Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 
Race, Class, and Religious Intersectionality in America:
September 8th in Jackson, Mississippi
On Saturday, September 8th, the Islamic Thought Institute at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi will host a historic national conference that presents a candid conversation about race , class, and religious intersectionality. From 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM (Central Time), ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate in an interfaith panel examining the role of interfaith dialogue and engagement in building a movement against hate. 
Contemporary Issues Affecting American Muslims:
September 23rd in San Francisco
On Sunday, September 23rd, from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will speak with the participants of Calvary Presbyterian Church’s Adult Education class about contemporary issues affecting U.S. Muslims . The session will address the serious challenges facing American Muslims today, including Islamophobia, maintaining a minority faith and culture in an increasingly secular but still nominally Christian-majority society, and promoting education about Islam and Muslims.
World Religions and the Environment:
September 23rd in Saratoga
On Sunday, September 3rd, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga will host an interfaith panel on religious teachings about conservation and environmental preservation. ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will moderate the panel.
Reporting and Countering Islamophobia in School:
October 11th via Facebook Live
On Thursday, October 11th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time, the third and final installment in our autumn webinar series on Countering Islamophobia in schools will be delivered via Facebook Live. "Reporting and Countering Islamophobia" will feature Ishaq Pathan, ING Deputy Director; and Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area.
2018 Parliament of the World's Religions:
November 1-7 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 Saturday, November 3rd, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Monday, November 5th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities. Exact times for Ishaq's sessions are forthcoming.
Contacts 

ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn
720-381-1096 (m) | tim@ing.org

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi
408-393-8202 (m) | elgenaidi@ing.org

About ING
Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism. Founded in 1993, ING reaches millions of individuals and hundreds of groups a year at the grassroots level by building relationships, understanding, and peaceful communities of all types and backgrounds through programs that include: 1) thousands of presentations, training seminars, 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, through a nationwide network of affiliates and partners; 2) social media campaigns that promote cultural awareness and best practices for bringing diverse Americans together to get to know and learn from one another; and 3) online curriculum on topics related to cultural awareness and building bridges available to educators and community organizations.  
 
 
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