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The Summit to Counter Antisemitism & Islamophobia and Related Forms of Hatred and Bias in Rural America

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The Summit to Counter Antisemitism & Islamophobia and Related Forms of Hatred and Bias in Rural America.

        (May 15 – 16, 2024) on the Tri-Faith Commons in Omaha, Nebraska.


The registration deadline is March 1, 2024.

The objective of this summit is to convene interfaith leaders who serve rural America for the purpose of advancing our understanding of the definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia and related forms of hatred and bias.

The Tri-Faith Initiative is an interfaith education nonprofit that has established a unique and innovative model for interfaith collaboration. With its nationally renowned Tri-Faith Commons, the Initiative serves as a model for building bridges between different faith communities and fostering positive relationships.

Recognizing the urgency of addressing discrimination and bias in rural America, the Tri-Faith Initiative has organized this summit to bring together key stakeholders from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions. By convening in this Heartland location, the Initiative aims to create a platform for cross-community solidarity and foster dialogue among diverse faith traditions.

Advancing Understanding of Antisemitism and Islamophobia:

The summit will focus specifically on deepening our understanding of the definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia, as well as related forms of hatred and bias. By examining the historical, cultural, and social contexts in which these phenomena arise, participants will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the root causes and impact of these forms of discrimination.

USDA is offering travel and lodging funding to support participants in need of financial assistance who apply to Tri-Faith via the registration form linked below. Those applicants approved for lodging assistance will receive a booking code to reserve a room, free of charge. Travel subsidies, if approved, will be awarded in one of three tiers based on the applicant’s distance from Omaha. Please note: Your attendance at the event is a prerequisite for the travel subsidy, therefore this will be paid as a reimbursement after the event.

Vegetarian food options will be available for program participants. In the registration form linked below, please indicate whether you will need further dietary accommodations.


The registration deadline is March 1, 2024.


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