WISE Up Congressional Briefing

Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00 – 10:15am

The Capitol Visitor Center in HVC 201 A&B

The WISE team will present a plan by American Muslims to proactively engage in safeguarding their communities, and fight against all extremist groups, including ISIS. Presenters will discuss 1) how distorted perceptions of American Muslims, perpetuated by a lack of cultural competency, results in their unequal treatment, 2) the commonalities shared amongst all extremist groups, including the social, political, and economic discontents that motivate individuals to join these groups, and how lawmakers can craft policies that respond to these discontents, and 3) the importance of delinking the religion of Islam from extremist ideology. 

The day's discussion is informed by the recently-published 375-page report written in collaboration with 72 American Muslim expert contributors, WISE Up: Knowledge Ends Extremism,

The briefing will include the following speakers:

  • Daisy Khan, Executive Director of WISE and Executive Editor of WISE Up
  • Arsalan Suleman, Former US Acting Envoy to the OIC / WISE Up contributor
  • Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
  • Major Matthew H. Peterson, United States Marine Corps
  • Rachel Brown, Executive Director of Over Zero
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Inclusive Security
  • Susannah Cunningham, Executive Director of Only Through US
  • Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and WISE Up contributor


Sponsored by Congressman Tom Suozzi of New York’s 3rd District and co-hosted with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Emgage Foundation, the American Muslim Institution (AMI), and Only Through US.


Breakfast will be served.


To confirm your attendance, register below or please email WISE’s program manager Lisa Nakashima at lisa@wisemuslimwomen.org or call at (212) 870-2551.


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