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 non-religious diversity in their communities. Over 500 campuses are involved.
In 2013, the President’s Challenge 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 expanded the reach of interfaith cooperation in higher education. Access the 2016 application here.
Connect to the network of campuses engaged in interfaith service by joining us on Facebook and at the annual fall gathering in Washington, D.C. on September 22nd - 23rd, 2016 here.
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.
Is your campus a safe space for religious diversity? Learn more about the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS).
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