Civic Engagement

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Civic Engagement programs were designed to establish and nurture fellowship with diverse organizations, other faith communities, the community-at-large as well as local, state, and national elected officials and government staff. The work generated as result of these bonds have made  ADAMS a proven partner for the common good. ADAMS is also a founder and sustaining member of the AMSAC Group (Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Advisory Committee), which works with the FBI on on National Security and Civil Rights. Throughout the year, ADAMS invites Government Officials and Candidates from all area districts to visit ADAMS and all of our satellites and branches to meet with our community, speak to community members after Friday prayers, and interact with ADAMS leadership to increase community Civic engagement and resoponsibility

In addition, we will maintain our commitments to specific events like the ADAMS Annual Civic Picnic, Interfaith Iftar, 9/11 Unity Walk, and other programs where Interfaith fellowship and official government representation is important to build an engaged partnership with the community.

 

Accomplished legal scholar and former Indiana University President Dr. Thomas Ehrlich in his essay compilation entitled, “Civic Responsibility and Higher Education,” presents the definition of civic engagement as “…working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and nonpolitical processes.” (Ehrlich, T.; Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, American Council on Education, Oryx Press, 2000).

As examples of the wide array of partners working with the ADAMS Center, we are able to list the following:

  • Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES
  • Loudoun County Government Multicultural Advisory Board
  • Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action
  • Fairfax County Government Community Interfaith Coordination Office
  • InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, IFCMW
  • Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)
  • Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, FFEU
  • FBI’s Washington Field Office Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Committee, AMSAC
  • State Department Foreign Service Institute
  • OneVoice
  • International Center for Journalists, ICFJ
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • 9/11 Unity Walk
  • Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Justice
  • National Association for the Advancement of Color People, NAACP
  • Inova Blood Donor Services
  • Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding
  • Islamic Relief
  • And many more…

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