Pathways to Understanding is a partnership between the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program and Community Tampa Bay.
The goal of Pathways to Understanding is to give community members the opportunity to build relationships across and within faith communities to increase understanding and inclusion.
In this time of deep division, our hope is that Pathways to Understanding will encourage readers to explore their own identities, values and biases; foster greater understanding of and respect for persons of different cultural backgrounds; and help to create a more inclusive community for all.
Pathways to Understanding is made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program.
Pathways to Understanding: Creating Community through Allyship (2020)
Pathways to Understanding: Creating Community through Allyship explores the themes of identity, understanding and advocacy, busts some myths about Islam and Muslims, explores the impact, causes and consequences of Islamophobia and encourages readers to explore their own identities, values, biases and blind spots. The goals of Creating Community through Allyship include fostering greater understanding and respect for persons of different cultural backgrounds and presenting strategies for responding to prejudice, bias and stereotypes. This publication is aligned to the Florida Standards.
Pathways to Understanding: Exploring Muslim Cultures in Tampa Bay (2015)
Pathways to Understanding: Exploring Muslim Cultures in Tampa Bay presents an overview of Muslim culture, busts some myths about Islam and Muslims, and explores the causes and consequences of Islamophobia, prejudice and discrimination. The goals of Exploring Muslim Cultures in Tampa Bay include fostering understanding of the immense diversity and depth of Muslim cultures around the world and promoting meaningful interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Tampa Bay. This publication is aligned to the Florida Standards.
These facilitated small group dialogues offer the opportunity for guests to engage in teambuilding with participants of diverse faiths to share their stories, start breaking down barriers between strangers and build relationships in a safe, constructive way. Each dialogue will include a facilitator whose role it is to make the engagement easier for the people involved by asking questions and inviting reflection and responses that allow for deep contemplation and genuine connection.
These events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Tuesday, March 23, 6-8 p.m. - Assumptions & Stereotypes about Islam Watch the video
Tuesday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. - Islam & Intersectionality
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. - Islam & Allyship Watch the video
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. - Islam & Community
This large community forum will bring together Tampa Bay Muslims and non-Muslims for an evening of relationship-building across faith communities to increase understanding and inclusion.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Friday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m.