February 10, 2017
The Board of Trustees of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School has resolved to decline an $800,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships announced on January 13, 2017.
We have and will continue to work with our government where there is no conflict of interest, but given the anti-Muslim actions of the current executive branch, we cannot in good conscience accept this grant.
This award was based on a proposal submitted in the summer of 2016 by Bayan Claremont, operating as a division of the Claremont School of Theology (CST), for a two-year project entitled “Flourishing Communities.” This project sought to elevate the capacity of non-profits and community organizations working to improve interreligious cooperation, civic engagement, and social justice. We will continue to pursue these goals with the support of our community and those who stand with us in solidarity.
Bayan’s vision is to help create a world that understands Islamic values in a modern context. Bayan Claremont strives to be a hub for the convergence of diverse scholarly perspectives, professional expertise, and organizational best practices. We facilitate contextual, relevant, and impactful solutions that serve the public good.
We are thankful to our supporters, and we appeal to the broader community to join in the development of this institution whose graduates will serve our communities and society at large.