Bullying, misinformation, and harassment has been at the forefront for the Muslim community in America for decades. In recent years, anti-Muslim discrimination has led to violence against Muslims nationwide as we have seen when three innocent Muslim students who were shot at point blank in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A recent report from the Council of American Islamic Relations showed more than 50% of Muslim students have been bullied at school. To address and work to remedy this issue, the Islamophobia Education Collective (IEC) was created as a collaborative network initiative of teachers, professors, education specialists, media specialists, and other professionals who aim to provide applicable educational resources to counter Islamophobia for K-12 schools and college educators. Only through education can we improve the lives and experience of students.
IEC aims to create a collaborative community that is dedicated to learning more about Islamophobia and aims to develop an ongoing commitment to transfer this knowledge to others to fight injustice. Our organization also aims to become a hub of already established work from legitimate organizations and educational institutions to counter Islamophobia in school
What we do...
IEC provides professional development training for educators who need direction and resources to handle Islamophobia at schools. A common challenge that educators face is where to fit this material in classroom instruction and ensure that it meets the standards of each respective school system. Our aim is to work with educators to develop lesson plans which support their work and share these with others, creating a network to support educators. Our organization also aims to become a hub of already-established work from legitimate organizations and educational institutions to counter Islamophobia in school. Our media collaboration section allows specialists to submit pictures, video clips for educators to use in their classrooms. These broad collaborative approaches allow everyone to get involved in putting a stop to Islamophobia in school and society.
Our organization is affiliated with the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at U.C Berkeley.