Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education

Recognizing the increasing importance of questions of religious identity, diversity, and equity on the national and global stage, as well as the underdevelopment of interfaith cooperation as a learning goal and practice on many college campuses, AAC&U is working in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to infuse considerations of religious identity within curricular and cocurricular experiences at colleges and universities to transform the presence of diversity into engaged and productive pluralism.

The Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education initiative is a partnership between AAC&U and IFYC focused on helping colleges and universities make interfaith cooperation an institutional priority and establish models for increased curricular and cocurricular experiences that enable students to navigate across deep differences in religious belief and worldview.

The multi-year initiative is supported through a transformational grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. which will fund the development of a series of institutes, workshops, and other resources that support and enhance institutional efforts to broaden, deepen, and strengthen commitments to interfaith teaching and learning.

The fourth Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence will be held virtually in July 2021. The Institute is designed to prepare college and university leaders to transform their campuses into model environments for interfaith cooperation. Campuses are invited to bring teams of five people—including administrators, faculty, and staff—to the Institute. If accepted, all costs will be covered for the entire team. In addition, campuses will be eligible for grant support to implement their action plan back on campus. The Institute will be held remotely from July 20th through 23rd, with a pre-Institute workshop on July 15th.


This interactive map shows every campus that has participated in a previous Institute, with a total of 31 insitutions in the roster. 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!