Are you interested in helping to end extreme hate and combat anti-Muslim bigotry? ABPA Institute has a partnership with America Indivisible to place students into internships.
America Indivisible (AI) is a non-partisan, non-profit coalition that aims to prevent bias and prejudice against members of Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian American communities by reinforcing the American values of equality, pluralism, and strength through diversity. AI supports officials in municipal, county, and state government with engaging members of local Muslim communities and those who appear to be Muslim from Arab, Black, Sikh, South Asian American, and other communities impacted by injustice to ensure that they understand those communities’ needs.
AI provides tool-kits and digital guides and offers briefings, round-tables, individual and community empowerment, and a leadership development program, the Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC).
In addition, AI offers civic health workshops, public campaigns, and they manage a network to help tailor focused conversations depending on the needs and interests of each community.
Lida Azim at America Indivisible
Lida Azim is a Program Manager at America Indivisible, Communications Chair at the Afghan-American Conference (AAC), and Co-Founder of the Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress. She received her MA in International and Intercultural Communication from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in Political Science and Government from San Jose State University.
We asked Lida some questions about her experience at America Indivisible.
How did you find out about America Indivisible? What is your overall impression of the organization now and its place in the industry/sector?
I first found out about the amazing work America Indivisible does through an online Muslim, Arab, and South Asian listserv. There was an opening at the time for a Program Coordinator and I applied because I really wanted to work in the Muslim community but also those who are perceived to be Muslim and still impacted by Islamophobia.
What are some of the challenges and rewards of being a Program Manager?
The thing that challenges me is actually what is most rewarding to me as well. The Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC) is a leadership development program which equips public servants in elected, appointed, and professional positions in local, county, and state government to explore practices and policies that challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate while building inclusion and social resilience in their communities. I want to make sure this program gives them the necessary tools and resources to really set themselves up for success because this program has the potential to make an impact across the country. It’s challenging because everyone is at a different starting point, so I want to make sure the information is useful and impactful for all of our members. By the end of it, you really see the personal relationship each member has with each other and most of all, you see the overall changes in their thoughts and in their actions. That’s the best part.
Is there anything you find interesting about America Indivisible that maybe an outsider or someone who isn’t familiar should know? Or maybe an interesting experience you’ve had where you gained insight or awareness?
Personally, I think one of our biggest strengths is our coalition partners. We have an amazing group of 25 organizations all combating anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia for not only Muslims but those who are perceived to be Muslim as well, such as Arabs, Sikh, South Asian, and Black communities. Working together and putting the greatest minds and passions together has shown me all the impactful work we can create and are currently creating. From the outside, I never realized that America Indivisible was so heavily involved in that work.
Do you have any advice you could give if someone were to get a job at America Indivisible?
My advice would definitely be to channel your passion. I think we can all find innovative ways to help our communities and the causes we care about, and the work is so impactful at every level, as long as we continue to pursue our passion and work together, the possibilities are really endless.
My advice would definitely be to channel your passion.
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