Educating, connecting, and inspiring talented Muslims to make a difference through public service.
It is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our MPSN summer program for 2020. We had been planning for an incredible summer, and saw so much creative energy among our applicants and alumni, but given the unpredictable nature of the situation, we decided that even if, inshallah, there is a better hold on the spread of the virus by summer, the likely continued need for social distancing will make it impossible for us to safely create a communal living experience, which is at the heart of MPSN.
We are reaching out to prospective 2020 Fellows to prepare them for possible participation in MPSN 2021 and will be organizing a virtual MPSN 2020 that includes interactive talks with MPSN alumni and other experts on how current events are changing the world, as well as taking some time out as a board to rethink what MPSN means for its next 25 years. We want to make sure that the next stage of MPSN is ready to meet the needs of its fellows, alumni, and country. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding MPSN 2020 or our future growth plans, please let us know! In the meantime, be safe and we’ll see you online this summer!
MPSN's response to COVID-19
To be the primary empowerment and networking platform American Muslims serving the public good.
MPSN's Commitment to Racial Justice
On May 25th, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, pleaded for his life as he was slowly murdered while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. One police officer kneeled on his neck for at least nine minutes while other officers looked on. This happened in daylight, with a streetful of witnesses and bystanders begging the police to stop. This has been a continuation of a long, painful, and violent history of killings of which George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are only the most recent victims to come to national attention.
The Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) vehemently condemns these atrocities and stands with our Black brothers and sisters who have been most directly impacted by this type of violence. This violence is connected to centuries of racial targeting and systematic injustice in the United States.
The recent events have reminded the leadership of MPSN that it must do more, both internally and externally, to ensure the advancement of racial justice in our society. As an institution dedicated to training the next generation of Muslim civic leaders, policymakers, and thought leaders, MPSN recognizes that we have a responsibility to more prominently focus on racial justice in our mission. This is our duty as Americans, and as Muslims who take seriously the Prophetic message that all people - black and white - are as equal as the teeth of a comb.
We commit to do our part in the following ways:
Increasing the participation of Black Muslims in our fellowship program
Addressing anti-Blackness through education, dialogue, and courageous conversations
Centering Black voices in discussions about policy, community building, and civic participation
Championing Black Muslims engaging in public service
For information on how to stand in support with your Black Muslim community, see www.muslimarc.org/action_items_for_solidarity for a list created by a coalition of Black Muslim Leaders in California.