About the Challenge

President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good. As a result, the White House launched the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in 2010, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus.

President's Challenge institutions mobilize their campuses to address one of the Kennedy Serve America Act service priorities while engaging the religious and nonreligious diversity in their communities. Over 350 campuses are involved.

This year, 2013-14, the President’s Challenge has integrated with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll run through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education that achieve meaningful and measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. This change has exciting potential to expand the reach of interfaith cooperation in higher education. The application has closed, so stay tuned for updates.

Connect to the network of campuses engaged in interfaith service by joining us on Facebook and at the upcoming Fourth Annual National Gathering in Washington DC hosted by George Washington University September 22-23, 2014.

What does this mean for your campus?

  • Reach and recognition of your campus’ work will now be broadened and elevated
  • Campuses can apply to receive Honor Roll recognition for interfaith community service initiatives
  • Reporting will be simplified and streamlined
  • President’s Challenge campuses will now have access to Honor Roll exclusive internet resources

Make Your Campus Better Together through the President's Challenge.

A holistic approach to modeling interfaith cooperation involves running parallel programs and initiatives. Better Together catalyzes the student body in interfaith action while the President's Challenge lends an administrative endorsement for, an institutional commitment to, and national recognition of successful interfaith service. Strong interfaith work led by both students and institutional allies can permeate all layers of campus ecology. Click here to learn more.

Measuring Interfaith

Is your campus a safe space for religious diversity? Learn more about the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS).

Join the Network

Connect to a national network of campus leaders for access to resources and best practices.