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DoSER Public Engagement Award

Stephen Freeland, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Engaging Muslim Youth in Environmental Stewardship

Camp NWMI (Next Wave Muslim Initiativeengages Muslim youth from ages 3-14 in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area. As a non-denominational organization serving American Muslims, NWMI’s camp models the Islamic values of patience, integrity, and respect for all. This project will engage UMBC students, faculty, and NWMI’s Muslim youth around the ideas of environmental stewardship for a day by hosting a teach-in and service at a local county park, and a corresponding visit from these students to the university from which the teach-in teachers came.