CAMP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Follow Up - Introduction to ISPU
Shireen Zaman is the Exective Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).
ISPU is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and research organization committed to conducting objective, empirical research and offering expert policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States.
ISPU was founded by a visionary group of scholars and philanthropists in Detroit, Michigan in the wake of the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks, a time that generated much commentary about Muslims both in the United States and abroad. Since then, journalists, government officials and the general public have increasingly sought to educate themselves about Muslims; however, the scarcity of reliable data or sound policy analysis has made it difficult to understand Muslim attitudes, institutions, or practices.
The founders of ISPU aimed to fill this major information gap by assembling the most talented experts in the field. The goal was 1) to conduct objective, empirical research on American Muslims and 2) to provide a fresh perspective and relevant policy analysis on the most critical issues facing the United States.
Today, ISPU is increasingly recognized for its rigorous and in-depth studies, insightful policy briefs, and timely op-ed articles written by widely respected scholars. ISPU publications are disseminated to key stakeholders through policy events, congressional briefings, academic conferences, public events, and the internet. In May 2010, ISPU opened headquarters in Washington, DC to maximize its impact among policymakers, opinion leaders and government officials.
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