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  • Aamina Ahmed
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    Aamina Ahmed coordinates and manages programs and alumni for New American Leaders. A deep commitment to creating spaces where everyone feels like they truly belong led Aamina to a multitude of community groups and nonprofits. She has straddled life in the Midwest and Pakistan and understands what it feels like to teeter between othering and belonging. Formerly, she led APIA Vote MI. To her, building power means commitment to deep relationships and hard work. Her confidence that we can all create the change we need seeds her commitment to ISPU.

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  • Afraz Khan
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    Afraz Khan works for the American Civil Liberties Union in the Racial Justice Program as a member of their legal support staff. Previously, Afraz served as a community liaison at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, where he worked alongside elected officials and community boards to develop reforms on local issues, such as affordable housing and access to mental health resources. Afraz currently serves part-time as a Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, where he works with university staff to build out programming and resources for the Muslim community. He also travels across the tri-state area delivering speeches and facilitating workshops for various organizations and schools on topics such as institutionalized racism, Islamophobia, and the American Muslim experience.

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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 2501 Course Pack A. “Founders Views of Muslims”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for the course AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America.
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  • AMST 2501 Course Pack B. “Legal Literacy and Religious Literacy”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for the course AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America. T
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  • AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America
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    The legal history of religious liberty in the United States reveals a simple fact: there has never been an America without Muslims.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

    (Image: Omar ibin Said 1770–1864, Library of Congress)

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  • AMST 2502 Course Pack A. American Muslims Polls 2016–2020
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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  • AMST 2502 Course Pack B. Bay Area Muslim Study
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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  • AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?
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    Study groundbreaking research on American Muslim experiences in all their diversity. Track contemporary trends about not only Americans who are Muslim, but Americans of other faiths and no faith as well. In this interactive course, you will examine American Muslims’ perspective within the context of their nation’s religious landscape, not as an isolated specimen.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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  • AMST 2503 Course Pack A. “Equal Treatment?”
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for the course AMST 2503 AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?
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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 2504 How are American Muslims Treated?
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    In this interactive course, you will engage a series of “civic tracks” about how American Muslims are treated by the (1) legislative branch, (2) executive branch, (3) judicial branch, (4) law enforcement, and (5) public schools.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Legal Literacy, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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  • AMST 2505 Course Pack A. Resilient American Muslims
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for AMST 2505 Resilient Communities: Pathways Forward.
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  • AMST 2505 Course Pack B. Young Adult American-Born Muslims and Mental Health
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    Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for AMST 2505 Resilient Communities: Pathways Forward.
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  • AMST 2505 Resilient Communities: Pathways Forward
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    Skills: Critical Thinking, Legal Literacy, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy, Resiliency

    Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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  • AMST 2506 Capstone Project: American Muslim Life
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    Earn academic credit and a certificate by completing the 2500-level course collection and the following Capstone project. You will receive individualized academic support and advisement. We look forward to supporting you in applying what you learned in the course to your community of practice.

    Skills: Critical Thinking, Legal Literacy, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy, Resiliency

    Time: Earn 3 College Credits for completing 15 hours for a Capstone Project, plus completing the 30-hours of academic work through the ISPU 2500 certificate program.

    Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

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