ISPU conducts research to offer effective, implementable solutions. As a part of this goal, ISPU created a series of toolkits packaged to maximize usability and impact. ISPU toolkits provide our high-quality, rigorous research and resources for journalists, policymakers, community leaders, teachers, advocates, and others to use in their own important work. ISPU’s strategy of enabling others multiplies our impact as the data lives on in the work of those who catalyze change. ISPU encourages you to both use these toolkits and share them with others.
The emergence of COVID-19 in the United States has profoundly altered American life. Mandated social distancing has led to school and work closures, rising unemployment, and much more time spent at home caring for the health and well-being of family members. During these anxious times, ISPU’s research can help guide and inform. This toolkit rounds up new events and relevant research that facilitate online learning, promote community support, and prioritize mental health during the current public health crisis.
In today’s climate of division, the work of outreach educators who inform the public about American Muslims is vital to fostering a well informed citizenry. This toolkit offers those of all faiths and no faith working to educate their communities about Americans who are Muslim resources to strengthen their work. In this toolkit, you’ll find educational handouts and videos, relevant research, and useful reports and articles to empower you to take what you learn and share that knowledge with others.
Roughly half of Americans say they do not know a Muslim. For many of these Americans, what they know about Muslims comes from media representations. However, more than 80 percent of television media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the U.S. is negative. Such narrow media representations open the door to distorted public perceptions of Muslims. We know the role of the media in informing the public has never been more important. At the same time, journalists are constantly asked to cover more and more with less resources. This guide was created to help.
This toolkit provides resources for individuals and mental health professionals to effectively address the unique mental health challenges that Muslims face. A growing number of American Muslims encounter prejudice in their daily lives. Not surprisingly, they also increasingly self-report emotional stress. These challenges are not exclusive to adults. This toolkit also includes specific resources for addressing the needs of American Muslim children who face the added challenge of bullying from peers and adults alike.
The role of the imam is one of the most challenging and critical leadership roles in American Muslim communities. In addition to leading prayers, imams are often called on to counsel families and youth, interface with law enforcement, and present Islam to the wider public. Drawing on the expertise of top scholars, this toolkit provides imams with vital, evidence-based research to help them in their important work.
Whether it’s time for a general, midterm, local, or special election, this toolkit is ready to empower, inform, and improve participation in our country’s political process. From videos to presentations to full reports, ISPU research has been repackaged to ensure accessibility to the political process for everyone, especially American Muslims.
Are you an educator who wants to create an inclusive and enriching classroom experience? One of the most important things a teacher can do is to understand the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of their students and teach them how to work together. These evidence-based resources built by expert scholars will help you foster a safe learning environment for all of your students, especially those who happen to be Muslim.
ISPU partnered with the Yaqeen Institute to integrate ISPU research into a series of talks developed by Yaqeen, allowing communities around the country to receive evidence-based and inspiring talks and sermons. These toolkits are specifically developed as a tool to empower and equip imams, youth directors, MSA leaders, and Islamic schools to address topics relevant to the concerns of American Muslims today, using data as a backbone.