When I look outside of my window in DC, I see the flowering trees that dot the capital’s streets. Just a few weeks ago, thousands walked our streets to admire the cherry blossoms. Everywhere I look, natural wonders are sprouting taller and rooting deeper.
I’ve been thinking a lot about growth as we examine our impact from 2021. And that’s because amid a continuing pandemic that changed our work and how we do it, against so many odds, ISPU grew in 2021. We built our capacity in research and education, adding scholars and educators. We took on new research projects, met the challenges of the day, and built new partnerships to do collaborative work smarter and more effectively. We established a new fellowship and working group, both of which spotlight Black Muslim experiences. We engaged new funding partners and formed new programmatic connections. In all sectors of our work, we’re blooming.
I am enormously proud of our team at ISPU, and grateful to all of you who have made our work possible. And, though the Zoom screens we use to complete our work together may be small, the impact is huge.
From informing the Biden administration, to shaping the conversations around the impact of 9/11 all these years later, from painting a portrait of how Muslim communities have responded to COVID, to publishing results from the highly anticipated 2020 US mosque survey, we have continued to provide essential evidence-based resources and education to Americans all across our nation. And that is thanks to you.
So, if you’re reading this, thank you.
If you’ve engaged with our work, from sharing a social media post, downloading a report, or forwarding a newsletter, thank you.
If you’ve supported our work this year with a financial gift, thank you.
If you’ve infused a conversation about American Muslims with objective facts, thank you.
By supporting our growth, you are bringing our mission and vision to life.
And for that, we are immensely grateful.