Because Campuses are Places of Promise
Colleges and universities are microcosms of the religious diversity that is shaping American life. As students of countless faiths and worldviews converge on campus, educators are playing an increasingly vital role in engaging this diversity by creating encounters and experiences that lead to cooperation, not conflict.
The difference will come down to how equipped tomorrow’s leaders are to navigate and strengthen our diverse democracy. That’s why it’s so important to make interfaith engagement an essential part of these students’ campus experience today.
IFYC supports campus professionals in productively engaging religious diversity by connecting them to resources, best practices, and a network of peers across higher education.
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Welcome to the IFYC network. Stay tuned for valuable news, resources, and other opportunities to help you stay connected and advance your interfaith efforts on campus.
A Partner in Your Work
Over nearly two decades, IFYC has supported campus professionals in leading efforts to infuse interfaith engagement into their institutions’ values, programs, and purpose. Our co-curricular initiatives focus on helping campus staff grow their capacity in religious literacy, develop excellent religious diversity programming, and address and prevent conflict on campus. Currently, we work with 10,000 higher education professionals - student affairs professionals, chief diversity officers, religious life professionals, and many others - across a network of 450 colleges and universities who share a vision for higher education’s role in the future of religious pluralism. Their insights and experiences have shaped our approach to supporting your work.
Resources & Opportunities
IFYC offers an ever-growing lineup of free resources, including valuable guides and best practices designed by and for campus educators engaging in interfaith efforts. For those committed to realizing a vision for their campus, we also offer a range of grants and other funding opportunities to energize breakthrough programs.
Training & Capacity Building
As best practices and effective approaches evolve, IFYC offers a variety of learning and training opportunities to help campus professionals grow their skillsets at every level. Free webinars and online learning communities explore the most common issues and questions around engaging religious diversity and interfaith work. In-depth capacity building trainings, offered online or in your campus community, help stakeholders broaden participation and investment on campus. Our yearly Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) offers several educator-focused tracks for those new to interfaith work and experienced leaders seeking to hone their skills.
BRIDGE Workshop Modules
IFYC, in collaboration with colleagues nationwide, offers a new set of downloadable workshop modules for campus professionals to facilitate on their campuses with their colleagues and/or student paraprofessional staff. In addition to the eight modules provided in the BRIDGE module library, a facilitator’s guide, supplemental materials, and optional presentation slides are provided. In addition, IFYC staff are available to support professionals as they prepare to facilitate workshops on campus.The material is available to anyone with the desire to build confidence among their colleagues to engage religious and worldview diversity. We plan to expand this library over time and invite you to share your ideas for additional module topics.
Research & Best Practices
IFYC curates and contributes to a growing body of research which provide data-based best practices for interfaith efforts on campus. Learn more about the body of research that can guide your work towards effective interfaith practice in your campus community.
Networking & Support
If you’ve ever felt isolated in this work, we have good news: thousands more educators are advancing interfaith cooperation on campus and addressing related issues. IFYC is helping to convene and connect this community through online forums, gatherings and events, and other spaces where campus professionals exchange ideas and share strategies. To compliment this broad support system, our campus coaching program offers free, one-on-one relationships with IFYC staff who can advise on common issues and help you plug into the expertise of the wider network of campus interfaith leaders.
This is difficult work that leads to hard conversations, which is why it’s so important that we engage with it together. With your expertise and influence, our partnership and support, and students’ passion and drive, we can both elevate your on-campus community and prepare our emerging leaders to build a strong, diverse, and indivisible future for our country.
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See How These Campus Professionals are Making Strides Toward Religious Pluralism
"And if the word interfaith means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers and sisters to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it."
In his book Fire Next Time, James Baldwin writes " And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it. For this is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become."
Sable Manson has integrated interfaith cooperation into both her scholarship and work with students at the University of Southern California. As director of the Souljourners program within USC’s Office of Religious Life, Sable has actively incorporated interfaith cooperation into the co-curricular experiences of her students. In addition, Sable’s doctoral research involved working with students in USC’s business school to explore how interfaith cooperation and religious literacy are integral in navigating diversity within the business world.
Sable serves as NASPA’s Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community research coordinator and has worked in partnership with IFYC around projects ranging from conference panel presentations to webinar presentations and educational resources. Sable publishes frequently around themes of religious identity, diversity, and engagement. And on the local level, serves on the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the Future50 Cohort to promote interfaith work in the Los Angeles area.
"And if the word interfaith means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers and sisters to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it"
"Students understand the importance of giving back no matter what language they speak. Faith is something students aren’t always comfortable talking about. Service often provides a safe space to talk about that part of identity."
For nearly ten years, Lynne Meyer has forwarded the cause of interfaith cooperation at Illinois Tech, making clear connections between the technical proficiency needed in the STEM fields and the interpersonal ability that interfaith cooperation helps to build. In her work with a student body that boasts a large amount of diversity-including religious and worldview identity—Lynne has made the case that science and religious identity do not have to be at odds with one another. As a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a practicing Unitarian Universalist, Lynne’s focus on the interpersonal aspects of interfaith cooperation center on service learning.
By drawing upon the values and history of Illinois Tech as an institute of learning for the people, the case for engaging with the religious diversity in the South Side of Chicago around campus has become an essential element of Lynne’s interfaith programming. By partnering with neighboring Catholic parishes, Muslim mosques, and local non-profit organizations, Lynne’s efforts have exemplified IFYC’s methodology of building relationships through direct service around issues of shared concern. Lynne often partners with IFYC staff to present at conferences, speak on webinars, and lends her advice for new programs.
"Sharing your religious or spiritual identity with someone may feel uncomfortable but it’s important in order combat ignorance and fear and encourage interfaith cooperation."
Steven Sajkich grew up in a family that valued faith and togetherness. As an Orthodox Christian, Steven’s journey to understand his faith has in many ways influenced his desire to include topics of interfaith cooperation and spiritual development in his work with students and colleagues. As a part of his experience in Residence Life, Steven has many stories of both conflict and cooperation between students of different religious and worldviews. He often reflects that his own robust training to engage many different forms of diversity was largely missing mention of religion. In order to help meet the need for more active engagement of religious diversity, Steven works to add interfaith projects into his professional life.
In addition to his responsibilities as a Residence Director at Miami University, he serves as a member of the Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Initiatives Coordinating Committee on campus and incorporates training around interfaith engagement into programs for Resident Assistants and his fellow Student Affairs colleagues. Steven is an active member of ACPA’s Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion & Meaning and has partnered with IFYC over the years to host webinars and present at conferences about interfaith cooperation in Student Affairs.