The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) envisions a vibrant and truly pluralistic America, where Muslims are strong and equal participants, and believes that relevant, rigorous research in the right hands will help us get there.
Founded in 2002, ISPU has been at the forefront of discovering trends and opportunities that impact American Muslims and offering effective, evidence-based solutions to common challenges for more than 15 years. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, we do the legwork so that others don’t have to. We answer the questions that many are already asking. And we share what we know in easily digestible ways with the general public, policymakers, media professionals, community leaders, and more. In this way, ISPU empowers Muslim communities and all those working toward full and equitable inclusion of Muslims in America with solution-seeking, rigorous research that makes it possible to stand up, to speak up, and to thrive.
Our work already makes a significant impact, but there is still much to be done. In an effort to increase the reach and influence of our research, we invite individuals who share our vision to apply for our Ambassador Program.
ISPU Ambassadors will be official representatives of ISPU, trained and equipped to share groundbreaking research on American Muslims and the issues that impact them with their local and regional communities.
This program is meant to equip local community leaders, outreach educators, and interfaith partners with tools to enhance theirexisting work to educate their communities on American Muslims. We will train you with the latest research on American Muslims and certify you as an ISPU Ambassador. Our goal is to empower you to do what you are already doing even better.
At this time, the ISPU Ambassador Program is not for folks who want to learn how to speak publicly or who do not yet speak on the topic of American Muslims but want to start. It is also not for those seeking to learn about Islam as a faith. The program focuses on American Muslims’ demographics and social and political perspectives, not the theology of Islam.
The Ambassador position will run from July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020, with the potential for reapplication at the end of the term.