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  • AMST 2500 Certificate in American Muslim Life: Law & Society
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    The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a non-profit research and education institution, has collected and published research on Americans who are Muslim for nearly 20 years. That research provides the bedrock and context for these online courses, created by ReligionandPublicLife.org and supplemented by a collection of resources from other institutions and scholars. The Institute for the Social Policy and Understanding, in partnership with ReligionAndPublicLife.org, awards the ISPU Certificate in Religious Liberty for those who complete the course collection, AMST 2500 American Muslims: Law & Society. The curriculum includes a study of Muslims in Early America, contemporary demographics about American Muslims, controversies about the treatment of Muslims, and pathways for building resilient Muslim communities in America. Skills: Civil Dialogue, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy, Resiliency Non-Credit: 15 hours for 1 Certificate Credit: Use the LiveChat to speak with your advisor about completing 45 hours of research to earn three college credits for completing this certificate program. Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?
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    Have you ever felt like some news stories receive a lot more coverage than others of equal importance? You’re not imagining it. In this media literacy course, you will study landmark research about media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Accurate representation matters. Misrepresentation can be dangerous.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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  • AMST 3004 Prepare Crisis Mitigation Strategies
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    Lead with strength, knowing you are prepared to respond to incidents of hate with deliberate and unequivocal confidence. While publicly condemning bigotry incidents is a crucial first step, civic leaders must go beyond rhetorical response. They must enact inclusive policies and initiatives to build a community’s resilience in the face of hate. Integrate into your leadership toolkit the best practices for addressing bias incidents and prepare to not only put out fires but deescalate the hatred that stoked the flames. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Civil Dialogue, Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Empathy, Media Literacy, Resiliency Time: Non-Credit 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • AMST 3005 Create Spaces for Civic Inclusion
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  • AMST 3006 Implement Your Inclusion Initiative
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  • AMST 4000 Out of Many, One
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  • Cassandra Lawrence
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    Cassandra Lawrence works with the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign on communications and community engagement to equip and engage faith communities and people of goodwill to end Anti-Muslim bigotry. Cassandra worked with the diplomatic and mediation community identifying training gaps and designing training processes for better engagement with religious and traditional peacemakers for more sustainable peace processes. She worked with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs on the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge International Program. She is a trained mediator, dialogue facilitator, and interfaith and racial justice community organizer. She also teaches negotiation and conflict transformation primarily to faith communities. She has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in comparative ethnic conflict from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2021 she completed a master of divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with honors, specializing in Public Theology, and received the Excellence in Public Theology Award. Services: 1. Live Webinar 2. Custom Coaching 3. Onsite Workshop 4. Community Training
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  • JOUR 500 Certificate in Religion & American News Media
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  • JOUR 510 Covering American Muslims
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    A Guide for Media Professionals

    The majority of Americans say they do not know a Muslim. For many of these Americans, what they know about Muslims comes from media representations. However, according to media content analysis, more than 80 percent of television media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the United States is negative. Such narrow media representations open the door to distorted public perceptions of American Muslims, especially in the absence of any first-hand knowledge of this diverse community. The role of the media in informing the public has never been more important, especially when it comes to marginalized communities. At the same time, journalists are constantly asked to cover more and more, with less resources. We created this guide to help.

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  • JOUR 520 Global Reporting on Religions and Beliefs
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    Earning Criteria

    1. Participated in three Press Briefings hosted by The Press Club at ReligionAndPublicLife.org.
    2. Completed interactive distance education workshop on best practices for reporting on religion.
    3. Completed three coaching sessions with religious literacy specialists.

    The Religion News Centre applies the framework for the highest professional standards that members of the press subscribing to the Independent Press Standards

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  • REL 2130 #Interfaith: Engaging Religious Diversity Online
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    Interfaith Youth Core invites you to be part of a new generation of interfaith leaders who understand the power of the Internet, appreciate how it can be used to promote understanding across lines of difference, and are fully trained to maximize the impact of the technology for the common good. Skills: Civil Dialogue, Community Engagement, Cultural Literacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Empathy, Interfaith Cooperation, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 6 hours for Professional Certificate Level: High School, College, Graduate, Professional Development Scholarship: For a limited time, we are delighted to offer full scholarships for learners interested in boosting their digital interfaith leadership skills. Enter scholarship code #Interfaith100 in the Bookstore cart to receive a full scholarship.
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  • REL Religious Literacy Across the Professions
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