August 2016 News - In this issue...
AEP Forum Expands • Outreach Grows â€¢ Building Community and Unity
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SAVE THE DATE for this 7th annual public event! The 2016 Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) Forum will include morning seminars, afternoon awards program, and more opportunities. Details with sign-up options will soon be available on the AEP website: Deadline for sign-up is Friday, September 16. Please visit the website for updates approaching the AEP Forum. Everyone is welcome to all events.

AEP FORUM - MORNING SEMINAR  will feature two sessions (choose one):
"Global Education: Teaching Tolerance, Civility, and Understanding" will focus on new educational tools, curriculum, and decision-based case studies with inspiring discussions for educators and all who are interested.
"The Human Face of Islam: Emir Abdelkader" will focus on resources regarding cultural expectations and perspectives that promote healthy diversity in the work place. It is designed for people in business, human resources, local and state government, law enforcement, interfaith and intercultural organizations, and curious, engaged citizens from all walks of life.

AEP FORUM - AFTERNOON AWARDS PROGRAM will feature a cross-section of inspiring voices from across the U.S. Speakers will address "A Beacon of Hope: Emir Abdelkader - Yesterday's Muslim Hero Matters Today" and discuss how Abdelkader furthered the notion of a civil society. JOIN IN CELEBRATING AND HONORING the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay contest winners. College and high school students will be awarded prizes then share what they discovered about Abdelkader's life story with relevance for today. 
"The Abdelkader Essay Contest is a rare opportunity for students.
The Emir led an exhilarating life that will entertain and inform all who learn about it.
His principles are not only excellent standing alone, but can be of great use
in understanding the vast and complex religion of Islam today."
~ Ben Bernatz, 2011 High School Essay Winner
AEP Network Grows
DIVERSITY FOCUS IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA is part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor Community where CEO/President Chad Simmons leads the promotion of diversity, cultural awareness and inclusion efforts. Diversity Focus and the Abdelkader Education Project are pleased to collaborate in preparing for the upcoming AEP Forum events. Stay tuned for updates.
2016 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize
COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY WINNERS will be announced on AEP's website. These students will receive their awards and be honored at the 2016 AEP Forum.
Building Community and Unity
AEP PARTICIPATED IN AN INSPIRING RURAL VIRGINIA RETREAT that gathered people from eleven organizations across the U.S. Leaders discussed the struggle with Islamophobia, civility, and extremism where challenges are multifaceted and approaches are complementary. The group reviewed the big picture in the U.S. while building new relationships and strengthening old ties. Discussions included the importance of education, engagement, and interfaith/intercultural dialog. Through resource sharing, the group focused on building community and exploring methods for creating better understanding of cultures and faith traditions.
ABDELKADER EDUCATION PROJECT (AEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cultural literacy, civility, and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach drawing on Emir Abdelkader's life story and values – courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – that transcend culture and faith traditions.

AEP DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAM FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES are available. Becoming a sponsor demonstrates commitment to education in building cultural understanding and providing global perspectives for educators and students as well as business, social and political leaders of all faiths and cultures. To donate and learn more, please visit our website or contact   
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