Application: Muslim Women’s Organizing Institute (2019 Spring Cohort)
Theme: Organizing Against Institutional and Structural Islamophobia in the Greater Washington Area Through Building Community Power

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural Muslim Women’s Organizing Institute. The Muslim Women’s Organizing Institute offers an opportunity to Muslim women in the greater Washington region to further develop their leadership skills as Muslim organizers, activists, and community-builders in the Greater Washington/DMV region who seek to fight Islamophobia through building long-term Muslim power in the area. Please note this cohort will have a specific focus on fighting structural and institutional Islamophobia in the greater Washington region. You can learn more about the program at our website at bit.ly/JMCMWOI

We invite Muslim women who are 18 – 28 and have at least 1-2 years of experience in activism, community organizing, or community-building to apply. We will select a cohort of 8-10 incredible leaders to join the Spring 2019 cohort. We will host meetings in Washington, DC.

Please note we are focusing this cohort on applications from Muslim women who live in the greater Washington region, including Northern Virginia, Montgomery County/PG County.

The core areas of the program will focus on the following:

1. Political Education and Analyzing Root Causes
2. Skills-building
3. Organizing Lab
4. Relationship-Building and Mentorship

Time Commitment: In order for this program to serve as a valuable experience for you and because each session builds off the previous session, participants must commit to the entirety of the program unless there are extenuating circumstances.

In order to make the program more feasible time wise, we are only hosting 3 in-person training sessions over weekends and 3 sessions in the evening on Wednesday. Please see below for training dates.

Training Dates:

Saturday-Sunday, February 23rd - 24th (10:30am-5pm)
Wednesday, March 13th (6-8:00 pm) - online session
Wednesday, March 27th (6-8:00 pm) -- in - person
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28th (10:30am - 5pm)
Wednesday, May 29th - (6-8:00 pm) - online session
Saturday - Sunday, June 15-16th - (10:30am-5pm) in-person session and graduation

Please note these aren’t overnight trips. All meals will be covered. We will also cover materials for the training. In order to make this program accessible, we are offering this program for free. Please see the schedule above for the dates. We will host a cohort celebration in the end of June where you will share your projects with the broader community.

Instructions: Please submit your online applications or direct your questions to Darakshan@JusticeforMuslims.org. Deadline is January 30th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. We will make our decisions for this cohort by mid-February. Please note finalists for this program will be invited in for a short online/in-person interview.

*Note: Priority consideration is given to individuals who are rooted in the greater Washington region or are committed to building Muslim power in the DC-metro area for the long-term, which includes Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and PG County.

1. Name *
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2. Email Address *
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3. Phone Number *
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4. Street Address (Where do you live in the DC-metro area/DMV?) *
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5. Personal Statement: Describe why you are interested in participating in the Muslim Women’s Organizing Institute? (Please limit to 150-200 words) *
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6. What does Justice for Muslims mean to you? What is the importance of centering Muslims in achieving justice for our own communities? (Please limit to 150-200 words) *
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7. What does building power as a Muslim mean to you? Why are you interested in this work? (Please limit to 150-200 words) *
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8. Personal Experience: Has Islamophobia impacted your life? (Please limit to 150-200 words) *
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9. Greater Washington Region: Do you have a relationship to the broader DC-metro/DMV area? How are you rooted here and what is your long-term commitment to creating a more equitable and just region? *
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10. Community-Building, Organizing, and Activism Experience: Please list and share any community-building, organizing, and activism experience you have in working with Muslim communities. If you don’t have experience working with the Muslim community, but with other communities, please describe here instead. If you don’t have experience working with communities generally, please explain your interest in this work? *
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11. What moves you or excites you about organizing against Islamophobia? *
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12. Do you have any fears and/or concerns about getting deeper into the work to organize against Islamophobia? *
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13. Proposed Project Idea: If you were selected for this program, please describe a mini-project you would design and implement that tackles Islamophobia in the local DC-metro area and fits within our programs. Please outline 1-2 goals of the project. What kind of change do you hope to see as a result of your project? (Please note this is to gauge your interest and isn't necessarily the project you will be committed to. In terms of scope, a good project example is in a team working on a weekend canvassing day speaking to community members about their needs; hosting a community forum and Know Your Rights session; creating a toolkit on resources local community members need; organizing a mini training with your own community). *
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14. How would you describe your leadership style and approach to working with others? *
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15. Name a living person that inspires you and why? *
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16. Name Muslim organizations, organizers or religious figures that inspire and motivate you to do this work. Tell us why they inspire you. *
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17. Do you draw inspiration from the Islamic faith to engage in social justice work and if so, how? *
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18. If you were selected for this program, are there are any accessibility accommodations you would need to participate? (i.e. wheelchair accessible meeting spaces, etc.) *
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19. Other: Please let us know if there is anything else we should know about you. *
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