America's Unofficial Ambassadors

We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.

Dialogue and Engagement with the Muslim World

Individuals exploring the possibilities of volunteering abroad must remember that there is a cultural difference between America and the Muslim World. The AUA Network’s “Dialogue and Engagement with the Muslim World for Volunteers and Practitioners” webinar with Luby Ismail, President of Connecting Cultures and intercultural trainer, is a great way for you to gain insight on general and specific cultural differences between America and the Muslim World, as well as understand the communication barriers you may face across cultures.

Culture is the difference between your truth and my truth. While two people may have different cultural orientations, they are not as different as they may seem. According to Luby Ismail, “Understanding another culture and getting to know an individual will replace a label with a name which is a profound way to transform the perceptions of another.”

Luby discusses:

  • Cultural competence and its importance in a post 9/11 world
  • The commonalities in the beliefs of Islamic and other faiths
  • Interesting facts about Muslims as part of America’s history

For a full recording of the “Dialogue and Engagement with the Muslim World for Volunteers and Practitioners” webinar with Luby Ismail please visit the AUA Network’s Useful Resources  for Unofficial Ambassadors page under Islam – A Major World Religion. The resource page is a diverse — rather than comprehensive — collection of resources that will assist unofficial ambassadors in preparing for a productive and rewarding volunteer experience abroad. The information and Web sites included in this guide were selected for their accuracy, reliability, and objectivity.

Additional Links:

  • For information on Muslim women including an archive of leading Muslim women scholars, writers, and activists please visit WISE Muslim Women.
  • For statistics and other reports regarding the views of Muslim Americans, visit Portrait of Muslim Americans  and Gallup Poll: Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future

Upcoming webinars:

  1. November 18, 2011 – Researching and Writing Successful Proposals: Supporting Grassroots NGOs, Susan Raymond, Executive Vice President, Changing Our World, Inc
  2. December 9, 2011 – Community Partnerships: Building Personal and Productive Partnerships that Reach Across Cultures, Margaret McLaughlin, Deputy Director, Stability Operations, Foreign Service Institute, US Dept of State

Webinars are held from 12-1 PM Eastern Time. The format is an initial presentation of 30 to 40 minutes followed by a lively discussion session. RSVP, and receive instructions on how to access the webinar by sending an e-mail to RSVPs will be accepted up to the morning of each event.


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