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RESEARCH MAKING AN IMPACT

THE LATEST

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Community in the Time of Corona

American Muslims are serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in hundreds of ways. Check out our new research project to explore Muslim responses, then add your own. Learn more→

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Racism and the Experiences and Responses of American Muslims

This is a moment of crisis and reckoning for the U.S. and its legacy of systemic violence and racism. We offer research to help understand how American Muslims may be experiencing and responding to this moment. Read more→

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New Webinar Series: When Doors Reopen

This June, join us every week for a webinar series on ways to create more welcoming, dynamic, and inclusive Muslim spaces for all! Each of these five webinars will focus on a different group and their unique needs. Sign up→

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New Video on Weekend Islamic Schools

Meet Adam and Mona. They’re Muslim parents searching for a new weekend Islamic school for their kids. What should they look for? Watch our video→

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Research Making an Impact

WHAT IS ISPU?

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.

OUR RESEARCH

Our work makes impact in the following areas:

DEVELOPING
COMMUNITY

Researching family and wellness and building community capacity

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BUILDING
UNDERSTANDING

Protecting American pluralism and quantifying Muslim contributions

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PROVIDING
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Offering platforms for discussion and informing national conversations

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OUR RESEARCH

Our work makes impact in the following areas:

DEVELOPING
COMMUNITY

Researching family and wellness and building community capacity

yellow arrow pointing to the right

BUILDING
UNDERSTANDING

Protecting American pluralism and quantifying Muslim contributions

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PROVIDING
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Offering platforms for discussion and informing national conversations

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Juman Doleh-Alomary

“Thank you for your hard work. ISPU has always been and continue to be the beacon of knowledge and understanding through facts. Thank you again for making our Muslim community shine.”

JUMAN DOLEH-ALOMARY, Information Technology Audit Director at Wayne State
University and executive board member of Arab American Women’s Business Council

“In an age when deadlines are becoming ever shorter, email inboxes fuller, and newsroom staffs smaller, ISPU’s workshop is a beacon for journalists who strive to wade through the noise and seek out meaningful, often complex stories.”

JOURNALIST, Attendee of ISPU media training

Rashida Tlaib

“ISPU’s work is very profound. There’s so much truth in what they do—even making our community put a mirror up and saying this is what’s going on. I think that’s critically important.”

CONGRESSWOMAN RASHIDA TLAIB (MI-13)

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“You planted a seed about the need for better representation of Black Muslims—women in particular—in the media. The choice I made to feature a young, Black woman came out of [ISPU’s training for journalists]. The seminar helped me see my gaps and blind spots.”

LIZ KINEKE, Broadcast journalist

FEATURED TOOLKIT

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COVID-19 TOOLKIT

Resources for online learning, community support, and mental health maintenance during the current public health crisis

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OUR IMPACT

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STORY OF IMPACT

A Mother’s Dream

Saba Maroof is a busy mom of four and a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

“I want a bright future for each of my children. I want to see them thrive. I want them to wake up excited every day and get ready for school, just like millions of other American kids. I want their teachers and classmates to support and understand them. I want them to know that they can be anything they want to be,” Saba says.

“I know that the dreams I have for my own children are reflective of the dreams that every mother has. And yet, I have seen the impact of Islamophobia, religious-based bullying, and ignorance in general on my family, community, and patients.” Read more→

OUR IMPACT

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STORY OF IMPACT

A Mother’s Dream

Saba Maroof is a busy mom of four and a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

“I want a bright future for each of my children. I want to see them thrive. I want them to wake up excited every day and get ready for school, just like millions of other American kids. I want their teachers and classmates to support and understand them. I want them to know that they can be anything they want to be,” Saba says.

“I know that the dreams I have for my own children are reflective of the dreams that every mother has…” Read more→

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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ISPU is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of individual donors to keep our research free and accessible to everyone who needs it. You can help us keep it that way.

OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Democracy Fund
John Templeton Foundation
New York Community Trust
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Pillars Fund
American Muslim Community Foundation logo
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
El-Hibri Foundation logo (a green bird with an olive branch in its beak superimposed on a light green pine tree)
Rise Together Fund a proteus fund inititative
The Bridge Initiative logo
MSA West logo
Common Counsel Foundation

OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS

John Templeton Foundation
Democracy Fund
New York Community Trust
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Pillars Fund
American Muslim Fund: A Community Foundation
El-Hibri Foundation logo (a green bird with an olive branch in its beak superimposed on a light green pine tree)
Rise Together Fund a proteus fund inititative
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Bridge Initiative logo
MSA West logo
Common Counsel Foundation
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