Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or educator at a college or university within the United States is eligible to attend. Please note that graduate students are considered educators at IFYC and cannot register for student tracks. This is because our student tracks are designed with undergraduate student experiences in mind.

While educators are welcome to attend without their students, IFYC recommends that campuses bring multiple students and educators to the ILI so that when you return to campus, you have a network already established to implement the skills gained. For this reason, there is no cap on how many participants from one campus can attend. We recommend sending mixed group of students and educators from various faiths and traditions, majors, and levels of involvement with interfaith cooperation.

With multiple student and educator tracks to choose from, we want to make sure you get the most out of this ILI experience!

Please be in touch with your IFYC contact directly or email leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org if you have questions about strategies regarding who you should bring to an ILI from your campus.

Student Tracks

Foundations of Interfaith Leadership

Best for: All undergraduate students are welcome to join this track.
Every movement has its beginning and every leader has their first step. For participants ready to learn more about IFYC and receive a grounding in interfaith work and leadership, this is where to start. We will explore concepts of interfaith leadership, learn how to bridge divides, and lay the foundations for advancing interfaith cooperation on your campus and in your personal life.

Tackling Challenging Conversations

Best for: Only undergraduate students who have previously attended the ILI or students who have led and/or experienced interfaith work on campus are eligible for this track.*
In every interfaith leader's journey, we come to moments where the bridge between our differences seems insurmountable. In this advanced track, we explore concepts, skills, and methods for engaging in challenging conversations and examine best practices concerning difficult issues of religious diversity in the campus and civic environment. Students will discuss current topics and approaches in the field and design their own concrete responses to these multifaceted issues.

Mobilizing for Interfaith Cooperation

Best for: Only undergraduate students who have previously attended the ILI or students who have led and/or experienced interfaith work on campus are eligible for this track.*
Affecting change takes allies, connections, and strategy. In this track, students will assess their campus community, identify approaches to activate their peers, and take their leadership to the next level.

Upstander Training

Best for: Only undergraduate students who have previously attended the ILI or students who have led and/or experienced interfaith work on campus are eligible for this track.*
One of the skills of an interfaith leader is developing an interfaith radar screen to identify moments of religious intolerance and bigotry. Just having this radar screen though is not enough. Interfaith leaders need to know how to use their radar screen to identify the appropriate actions to take to diffuse situations so that real relationships can be built.

* If you have not attended the ILI but do have equivalent training or interfaith campus work, there will be a section in the registration to explain that experience. If you aren’t sure which track to choose or have questions about your equivalent experience, please email leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org and we can help you determine the right track for you.

 

Educator Tracks

Foundations of Interfaith Cooperation: Laying the Groundwork

Best for: This track is ideal for educators (faculty, staff, graduate students, or administrators) who are new to interfaith work and would like to learn about the broader context for interfaith work in higher education while coming to understand their own role in advancing efforts in their campus community.
This foundational track focuses on exploring Interfaith Youth Core’s core methodology and research base, providing educators with a larger picture of the vision for religious pluralism in higher education. The track includes the opportunity to experience and learn to lead introductory interfaith activities, explore challenging scenarios on campus, and learn methods for creating interfaith learning outcomes. Over the course of this track, educators will identify and plan for an actionable interfaith initiative within their campus community.

Exploring Promising Practices for Interfaith Initiatives

Best for: This track is ideal for educators (faculty, staff, graduate students, or administrators) who have an understanding of concrete interfaith efforts that they would like to create or improve within their campus communities through evidence-based practices and pedagogies.
This foundational track focuses on exploring promising practices and pedagogies in interfaith engagement while supporting educators to practically apply these practices within their campus context. There is a growing research base and set of practical approaches that are beginning to mark successful interfaith efforts within higher education. Over the course of this track, educators will unpack research and experientially-backed interfaith approaches and identify concrete opportunities to incorporate these approaches into an existing or new interfaith effort.

Facilitating Interfaith Workshops

Best for: This track is ideal for educators (faculty, staff, graduate students, or administrators) who have some interfaith background (participation in a previous ILI or other equivalent experience) and are ready to plan facilitation opportunities in their campus community.
This track offers a “train the trainer” approach to facilitating interfaith trainings and workshops on campus. Although many in higher education agree that engaging religious diversity is a priority, they often feel as though they lack the skills and knowledge to do this important work. Through this “train the trainer” workshop, participants will cultivate the ability to develop and lead interfaith professional development for faculty, staff, and/or paraprofessionals within their campus community. Using IFYC’s BRIDGE curriculum as a learning tool, participants will experience interfaith workshop modules as participants, reflect on strengths and limitations as facilitators, practice workshop facilitation, develop strategies for addressing challenging situations that can arise during interfaith workshops, and plan concrete facilitation opportunities back on campus.

Interfaith Leadership Seminar

Best for: This track will be limited to educators (staff, faculty, and administrators) whose positions involve playing a central or guiding role in interfaith efforts on campus and who have been engaged in this work for two years or more.
This advanced track will provide an opportunity for highly engaged interfaith educators to connect with one another in a peer learning setting. New the ILI experience this year, these sessions will offer an opportunity for interfaith educators to discuss challenging issues in interfaith work in higher education, troubleshoot campus-specific issues, and explore individual leadership opportunities with attention to future directions for the field.


If you aren’t sure which track to choose or have questions, please email leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org and we can help determine the right track for you.

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