CIS Receives Grant from the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation

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Center for Islamic Studies

CIS Receives Grant from the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL)

The Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union gratefully acknowledges that it has received a one-year grant from the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, to support a project entitled Muslims in the Bay Area: Leading, Bridging and Belonging. This grant is part of the larger IDCL’s Grounded Knowledge Project, which builds resources and creates gathering spaces for scholars committed to community-based research and public humanities in religious studies.

As part of the Muslims in the Bay Area project, the CIS will be collaborating on programs that advance academic and community partnerships; sharing scholarship, stories and creative expressions of Muslims in the Bay Area; offering research and community engagement grants for students and visiting scholars; and creating a CIS alum network to foster opportunities for leadership and mentorship.

The IDCL Grounded Knowledge grant for the Muslims in the Bay Area project originated from a larger initiative from the Henry Luce Foundation in 2020, to provide rapid support grants for community-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. The grant that the GTU received as part of this initiative enabled the CIS and GTU to partner with local faith-based and related organizations assisting communities most impacted by the pandemic.  

The entire GTU community is welcomed to participate in this project, especially students.