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Educators & Administrators Engage Religious Diversity and Promote Interfaith Cooperation

American colleges and universities have a special role and responsibility to help our fellow citizens explore how to embrace our many differences while maintaining a common life together. Higher education brings people together across lines of religious difference through curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement opportunities. As such, campuses serve as both a laboratory for how diverse societies can thrive, as well as a launching pad for the next generation of leaders who can transform experiences with diversity into engaged and productive pluralism. 

From July 20-24th, 2020. Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and AAC&U will hold the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence at American University, Washington, D.C.

The Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence is designed to prepare college and university leaders to transform their campuses into model environments for interfaith cooperation. Intended for administrators, faculty and staff at private colleges and universities, campuses are invited to bring teams of five people from a diversity of campus positions to the Institute. Thanks to the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, if accepted, all costs will be covered including housing, travel, food, and tuition for the entire team. In addition, campuses will be eligible for a $5,000 grant to implement their action plan back on campus.

Over the course of four days, teams will attend sessions, consult with faculty advisors, and meet to develop context specific action plans for broadening, deepening, and strengthening interfaith teaching and learning on their campus. The Institute will provide practical guidance, mentoring and resources related to the following themes:

  • Religious Diversity and Interfaith Studies in the Curriculum
  • Religious Identity and Campus Diversity Priorities
  • Interfaith Competence and Literacy Among Faculty and Staff
  • Cross-Curricular and Campus-wide Strategic Planning for Interfaith Cooperation

IFYC has invited four renowned faculty partners to facilitate the Institute

Mamta Motwani Accapadi

Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins College

Mamta Motwani Accapadi is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins College where she serves as the chief student affairs officer and provides broad leadership for initiatives focused on student learning, thriving, and success. The...

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Mamta Motwani Accapadi is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins College where she serves as the chief student affairs officer and provides broad leadership for initiatives focused on student learning, thriving, and success. The areas of expertise that Dr. Accapadi brings to the Institute include preparing students for civic and global leadership, strategic alignment of student affairs initiatives, pre-professional competency development, and navigating the relationship between interfaith cooperation and other campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion priorities.

Jeffrey Carlson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University

Jeffrey Carlson is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University. The areas of expertise that Dr....

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Jeffrey Carlson is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University. The areas of expertise that Dr. Carlson brings to the Institute include integrating interfaith into the core curriculum, pedagogies for interfaith studies, campus-wide curricular change, faculty and staff competency and capacity development, campus-community partnerships, and experiential education opportunities. 

Barbara A. McGraw

Director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and Professor of Social Ethics, Law and Public Life at Saint Mary’s College of California

Barbara A McGraw is director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and Professor of Social Ethics, Law and Public...

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Barbara A McGraw is director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and Professor of Social Ethics, Law and Public Life at Saint Mary’s College of California. The areas of expertise that Dr. McGraw brings to the Institute include interfaith civic engagement, experiential educational opportunities, interfaith competencies for professional life, interdisciplinary program development, and dialogue methods.

Suzanne Watts Henderson

Dean of Belk Chapel and Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Queens University

Suzanne Watts Henderson is Dean of Belk Chapel and Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Henderson's...

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Suzanne Watts Henderson is Dean of Belk Chapel and Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Henderson's expertise includes interfaith pedagogies in the classroom, interfaith studies program development, collaboration between academic and co-curricular departments (especially Chapel and religious life), and strategic planning that engages diverse campus partners.