Be a Leader. Build the Movement.

Read more about our ILIs and how to register.

Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) equip undergraduate students and educators with the skills to engage diverse faiths and worldviews to build the interfaith movement on their college campuses.

  • Undergraduate students train to be interfaith leaders who build relationships across identities, tell powerful stories to bridge divides, and learn about ways to mobilize their campuses.
  • Educators (campus professional staff, faculty, and graduate students) share best practices about how to best support student leaders, advance interfaith cooperation strategically across campus, and network with other educators.
  • All participants get a chance to build relationships, network, and share best practices with other people from across the country who are passionate about interfaith work.

What is happening at the Chicago ILI? The August 2017 Interfaith Leadership Institute will be a breakthrough gathering for students and educators. Based on feedback from past attendees, IFYC is consolidating this previously twice-yearly gathering into one bigger and more robust ILI experience, held in Chicago, featuring new opportunities for first-time and returning participants alike.

We are excited to announce new programs and tracks focusing on specific interfaith skills and experiences to help build capacity for leadership on campus and beyond. These include student-focused tracks on the foundations of interfaith leadership, personal storytelling, advanced dialogue skills for difficult issues and situations, and explorations of the many roles interfaith leaders play after graduation. For educators, we’re offering learning tracks that cover the foundations of interfaith leadership, training in facilitating workshops on campus, and explorations of effective strategic planning and programs. All participants will have the chance to experience interfaith work and dialogue: building bridges across difference, networking with others from different campuses, and sharing ideas and best practices with peers from across the country who share a vision for religious pluralism and interfaith cooperation.

Who can come to an ILI? Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or educator at a college or university within the United States is eligible to attend. With the new structure to our ILI training rooms, it is no longer a requirement that educators come to the ILI with students. Please note that graduate students are considered the same as educators at IFYC and cannot register for student tracks. This is because graduate students often serve in advising capacities to undergraduate students and 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, we have removed the cap on delegation size. Furthermore, we recommend sending a diversity of students and educators from various faiths, worldviews, and traditions, majors, and time spent involved with interfaith cooperation. 

With seven tracks to choose from (four for students and three for educators) we want to make sure you get the most out of this ILI experience!

Want more details? Learn about what happens at the ILI with answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Registration: The standard fee to attend an ILI is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Make sure to check the registration site for discount and scholarship information.

2017 Chicago ILI: August 11-13, 2017


2018 Chicago ILI: August 3-5, 2018

  • Registration will be open in March 2018


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