2021 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

July 15, 2021
July 20, 2021 to July 23, 2021
Virtual Learning experience


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The ever-increasing diversity of the United States means that we regularly encounter religious difference in our everyday lives. American citizens have a choice of how to respond to this unprecedented diversity in our communities and nation. Rather than allowing apathy or intolerance to define the future of our democracy, we can choose to engage each other to build bridges across lines of difference. American colleges and universities have a unique role and responsibility to help our fellow citizens explore how to embrace our many differences while maintaining a common life together. Colleges and Universities bring people together across lines of religious difference through curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement opportunities. As such, campuses serve as both a laboratory and a model for how diverse societies can thrive, as well as a launching pad for the next generation of leaders who can transform these diverse experiences into engaged and productive pluralism.

The 2021 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence (IIE), in tandem with AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, will prepare college and university leaders to transform their campuses into model environments for interfaith cooperation. The Institute is an opportunity for campuses to develop context specific plans for integrating interfaith cooperation in sustainable and far-reaching ways in order to cultivate new generations of civic interfaith leaders. Over the course of this virtual four-day Institute, campus teams will meet with a faculty advisor, attend sessions relevant to their campus project, meet as a team to develop a context-specific action plan, and consult with experts on pressing issues. Campus teams begin their participation with a one-day pre-Institute workshop, where they will connect as a cohort, begin the conversation about why interfaith cooperation is mission-critical on campus, and learn how to get the most out of the institute.

Through the generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we welcome applicants from both public and private institutions. If accepted, all costs will be covered for the 2021 Institute and pre-Institute workshop. In addition, campuses will be eligible for a $3,000 grant to implement their action plan back on campus. After the Institute, campus teams will continue to receive guidance from IFYC and AAC&U and will connect with the broader network of schools who have attended the Institutes.

Who Should Attend?: The Institute is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff who are leading change to deepen, strengthen, and expand campus-wide engagement with religious diversity and interfaith cooperation.  Campuses are asked to bring a team of five people including at least one senior academic officer and one faculty member. Key administrative leaders are essential for accomplishing broad-based educational reform on campus. Networks of engaged chairs and faculty can help sustain this reform. Teams are also encouraged to include additional individuals from faculty development, student affairs, or assessment offices.

Questions may be directed to Janett I. Cordovés at janett@ifyc.org

This interactive map shows every campus that has participated in a previous Institute. Orange pins are 2020 campus participants, blue are 2019, and red are 2018. Click on a pin to see what institutional and academic goals that team set for itself after attending the Institute!