Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations is an inter-generational workshop tackling issues of bullying and discrimination that WORDE pioneered in partnership with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative to empower youth with help seeking behaviors. Since April 2016, the program has been implemented in high schools and community centers across Montgomery County, moderated by WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz. In […]

Generations United Invites WORDE Senior Fellow Nouf Bazaz for a Panel on Inter-generational Programming

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 17, 2017 at an event hosted by Generations United. The event launched a report on inter-generational programs that featured WORDE’s program, Courageous Conversations. Ms. Bazaz spoke alongside Courageous Conversations partner, Hal German from the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative.

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz presents at the Interfaith Works “Community Dialogue On Immigration”

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz, will be a panelist at the Interfaith Works “Community Dialogue On Immigration” on Wednesday May 3, 2017 from 9am-12pm in Rockville, MD (Rockville Christian Church – 301 Adclare Road).  The event is free and open to the public. Please contact  or (301) 315-1105 for more information and to register.

WORDE Halaqa

Please join us for the 4th session of our new monthly halaqa series! To view the previous sessions of our halaqa, please click on the link: TOPIC: The Concept Tamkin SPEAKER: Dr. Tarek Elgawhary WORDE Director of the Religious Studies Programs REGISTRATION: To register, click here WHO: Open to Public WHEN: Sunday, July 2, 2017 […]

WORDE Senior Fellow Highlights ICC Crossroads Program in Keynote Address for Lutheran Social Services

Nouf Bazaz, WORDE Senior Fellow, was the keynote speaker at the Building Bridges Conference hosted by Lutheran Social Services in Fargo, North Dakota on March 29, 2017. Her keynote was titled, “Cultural Considerations when Serving Trauma Survivors” and she also led a breakout session titled, “Serving the Needs of Muslim Refugee Youth” to an audience […]

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 […]

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