WORDE Senior Fellow Nouf Bazaz Presents at “Welcoming Our New Neighbors”

On January 31st, Nouf Bazaz, WORDE Senior Fellow, will be presenting at “Welcoming Our New Neighbors” to share resources for refugee and immigrants in Montgomery County. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Rockville Presbyterian Church from 2-4pm. Please click here  to register and for more details.

Discussing Community-Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism at the IMAAM Center

Mehreen Farooq, WORDE Senior Fellow and CHHS Senior Policy Analyst, participated in a panel discussion at an IMAAM town hall forum on Saturday December 17, 2016. The panel was moderated by Nadia Syahmalina and included Congressman-elect Jamie Raskie, MD State Senator Will Smith (District 20), Assistant Chief of Police of Montgomery County, Luther Reynolds and Dr. Sahar […]

BRAVE Kick Off Event

Formerly known as the Montgomery County Model, the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) program promotes social cohesion and public safety, with a core focus on building resilience through engagement, education, and specialized interventions. WORDE is in the process of transitioning the BRAVE program to the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Center for Health and Homeland Security […]

Reviving Islam

WORDE cordially invites you to a special event featuring leading Egyptian religious scholars, with opening remarks provided by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani. Our special guests will discuss their efforts to revive normative Islamic values of love, mercy and compassion as part of their broader counter-extremism initiatives. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today! We look forward to […]

WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq to Speak on the 9/20 Diane Rehm Show

On Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 10am, WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq will be joined by Akbar Ahmed, Charles Kurzman and Arsalan Iftikar for a panel discussion on the impact of recent attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. The discussion, moderated by Michele Martin (Weekend host of All Things Considered), will explore efforts […]

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 […]

Roundtable Discussion with Prince George’s County Police Chief, Henry Stawinski & the Muslim Community

                On June 2, 2016 WORDE convened a special community forum with representatives of the Muslim American community in Prince George’s County to meet with the Chief of Police, Henry Stawinski. Hosted at the Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America (IRHSCA), the event drew approximately two […]

Community Leaders Come Together to Condemn Violence and Bigotry

On Monday June 13, 2016 over 200 community leaders, activists, representatives from faith-based organizations and members of the law enforcement community attended a solidarity event to speak out against hate and violence organized by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmaid (WORDE President), Hamza Khan (Muslim Democratic Club Chairperson) and Patrick Paschall (Executive Director of Free State Legal). Over […]

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