Events

WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq to lead a course for OASIS on BRAVE

On Thursday, September 29, 2016 Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq will lead a course for OASIS on Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) based on our community-led efforts in Montgomery County, MD. This class will explore the impetus behind creating this holistic program, good practices, and lessons learned. OASIS is a national non-profit educational organization based […]

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi to speak at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

WORDE President Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi will be speaking at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2-day public workshop in Washington, D.C. to explore community-level strategies to countering violent extremism (CVE). Her presentation will explore how various prevention and intervention approaches can foster community resilience towards ideologically motivated violence, provide non-violent avenues for expressing […]

Dr. Tarek Elgawhary Provides Congressional Testimony on the Ideology of ISIS

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 Dr. Tarek Elgawhary, WORDE Director of Religious Studies, testified at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “The Ideology of ISIS.” The well-attended hearing was convened to discuss ISIS’ ideology and its relation to and motivation for so-called “lone wolf” actors like the shooter in the June […]

BRAVE Featured Publications

A Strategic Plan for WORDE’s BRAVE Model

Through its organic development in Montgomery County, the BRAVE model has evolved into a “collective impact initiative” with a core focus on building resilience against violent extremism through engagement, education, and specialized interventions. The model has undergone an independent, scientific evaluation and is an evidence-based good practice for countering violent extremism and community policing. Adaptable […]

An Instructor’s Manual for Developing a Community-Led Approach to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Illustrating lessons learned and best practices from two years of programming and evaluation, WORDE produced an accompanying Instructor’s Manual to supplement the evaluation and guide communities and CVE practitioners in: Building positive and collaborative relationships with diverse Muslim communities Understanding the potential risk factors of radicalization and mobilization to violent extremism Creating a community-led engagement […]

Evaluation of WORDE’s CVE Programing

In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched a two-year study of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programing led by the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) and its effectiveness in promoting positive social integration and encouraging public safety. By the time of publication, our CVE programing, known as the “Montgomery County […]

Cyber Civility Curriculum

WORDE Specialists have developed a curriculum for teachers to guide students on using social media and other digital media in a responsible, respectful manner. The curriculum includes a teacher’s manual and a complementary multimedia PowerPoint presentation for each chapter, designed to inform students of potential threats associated with online activity – from sexual predators and […]

Commentary

Washington Post Reports on WORDE’s ICC Survey of the Impact of Bullying on Muslim Students

The Washington Post reports on a recent survey the International Cultural Center (ICC) administered in Montgomery County to measure the impact of bullying on students in the county. The ten question survey was administered in January 2016, and asked students to reflect back on their experiences in the past six months, to understand some of […]

PBS Highlights WORDE’s Community- Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism in The US

PBS recently highlighted WORDE’s community- led efforts to prevent violent extremism in the US. The feature includes a clip from a special event WORDE’s International Cultural Center hosted with residents from the Asbury retired community in which the elderly shared their experiences of overcoming discrimination and adversity. The program was designed to empower youth who […]

Belonging Nowhere: Marginalization & Radicalization Risk among Muslim Immigrants

Research into the psychology of terrorism suggests that a person’s cultural identity plays a key role in radicalization, so WORDE teamed up with researchers Dr. Sarah Lyons,  Dr. Michelle Gelfand, and Marieke van Egmond for a study to understand how immigrant acculturation challenges in the US may be linked to radicalization. We found that immigrants who […]

WORDE Reports

Engaging and Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society for Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Launches Two New Reports on Pakistan Over the past several years, WORDE has been leading a comprehensive study through 35 cities and villages in Pakistan to explore the capacity of civil society for peacebuilding. We’ve identified over 100 local organizations that have implemented viable and innovative peacebuilding programs, ranging from inter-ethnic dialogues to fatwas […]

Additional Reports

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