think it's so important for all of us to understand each others cultures.
This Presentation is a wonderful way to introduce students to Islam.
It's a fantastic presentation"
"Wonderful information I would like to do this with each group of new students
thought the presentation was very imformative it was great to have
clarification on topics related to Islam. Next time I will have my
students prepared with educated questions."
Teacher-Lake Park High School
presentations were really interesting . It is nice for the students
to hear about the culture/ religion of Islam from someone who closely
follows the religion/ way of life. (The speaker) taught my students
things that I could not, through sharing her experience."
would have been happy to listen and learn for 2 or 3 hours. You did
a lot in a about period of time. Thanks for coming out."
"Just terrific. This has been an excellent program for a library. It was
not prosyletizing but very imfornative. There were slides and many visual aids
as well as audience participation so even our preteens were not bored. I cant
say enough good things about this program. "
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest (OISM)
is a 501(c)3, educational organization based
in Naperville, Illinois and serves the entire
Chicagoland area and the surrounding suburbs.
It is a member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce
and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater
Chicago (CIOGC) as well as an affiliate of Islamic
Network Group (ING) of San Jose, CA. Since its
founding in October 2001, OISM, through its trained
and certified American Muslim speakers from various
professional backgrounds, has addressed an audience
of over 14,200 individuals in all types of educational
and commercial settings.
Mission & Vision
The Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest (OISM)’s mission is as follows:
existing cultural diversity & tolerance
programs in public institutions through informative
presentations that develop greater awareness & knowledge
of Islam and Muslims
the quality of life of Muslims in America
through cultural competency training in schools,
district offices, law enforcement agencies,
corporations, social service agencies, and
civic engagement by Muslim-Americans in public
The educational programs meet the following
knowledge about Islam & Muslims, teaching
Islamic fundamentals, including Islamic beliefs,
practices and values.
tailored information about Muslims as it
relates to the needs of the public institutions.
a sustainable relationship between public
institutions and the local Muslim community.
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OISM's Program is based on the following
believe in adhering to the highest standard
of professionalism in the operation of our
organization, striving for full accountability
believe that a deeper understanding of different
religions and cultures contributes to peace
and harmony in the world.
believe that diversity of cultures, ethnicities,
and ideologies contributes to personal enrichment
and social strength.
interact with people based on the belief
that they are good, decent, and honest human
beings, and respect their diverse beliefs
emphasize face-to-face interaction with our
audiences as an effective way to overcome
stereotypes and prejudice, and build bridges
of understanding and friendship.
strive to build long-term, honest, and intimate
relationships with individuals and institutions
by meeting their needs and expectations,
valuing their feedback and delivering top
quality products and services, based on scholarship.
hold ourselves to the highest standards of
behavior and character, including good manners,
kindness, sincerity, integrity, authenticity,
generosity, and a dedication to continuous
learning and growth.
subscribe to the principles expressed in
the religious clauses of the First Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution; our products and
services are therefore academic, informative,
objective, neutral, but never devotional
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Amendment – U.S. Constitution
About the First Amendment Center (www.firstamendmentcenter.org)
First Amendment Center works to preserve and
protect First Amendment freedoms by clarifying
and educating the public on this subject. The
Center serves as a forum for the study and
exploration of issues relating to freedoms
of expression, including freedom of speech,
freedom of the press and religion, the right
to assemble and to petition the government.
Through its Religious Freedom Programs, the
Center helps schools and communities throughout
the nation address issues concerning religion
and values in public education.
Organization of Islamic Speaker's Midwest,
an affiliate of Islamic Networks Group (ING),
bases its guiding principles upon the First
Amendment Center publication, “A Teacher’s
Guide to Religion in the Public Schools.” This
guide is based upon the principles outlined
in “Religious Liberty, Public Education,
and the Future of American Democracy,” a
document produced by a group of educational
and religious organizations. Principle IV of
this document states:
Schools may not inculcate nor inhibit religion.
They must be places where religion and religious
conviction are treated with fairness and respect.
Public schools uphold the First Amendment when
they protect the religious liberty rights of
students of all faiths or none. Schools demonstrate
fairness when they ensure that the curriculum
includes study about religion, where appropriate,
as an important part of a complete education.”
principle supports OISM’s mandate to
provide academic presentations on Islam and
the Muslim world to complement social studies
and world history curriculum in schools. To
this end, OISM trains, tests and observes volunteer
speakers on their knowledge of the content
they present and their understanding of their
role in the classroom. As part of their education,
OISM speakers are trained to uphold the ideals
and principles of the First Amendment and pledge
an academic view of Islam’s place and
impact on world history as one of the major
the trust of the host organization and provide
education about religion within the contexts
of world history and social sciences.
accurate and balanced information relating
to Islam and the Muslim world.