For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)
Nasser Asif
Senior Director of Communications

New Opportunity for Higher Education Administrators, Faculty, and Staff to Engage Issues of Religious Diversity

Join Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for the Inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

Feb 21, 2018

New Opportunity for Higher Education Administrators, Faculty, and Staff to Engage Issues of Religious Diversity

Washington, DC—From July 17-20, 2018, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will hold the inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence at Boston University.

The 2018 Institute is designed to prepare college and university leaders to transform their campuses into model environments for interfaith cooperation. Intended for administrators, faculty and staff at private colleges and universities, campuses are invited to bring teams of five people – including administrators, faculty and staff – to the Institute. If accepted, all costs will be covered including housing, travel, and tuition for the entire team. In addition, campuses will be eligible for grant support to implement their action plan back on campus.

“This Institute is especially exciting because it joins AAC&U’s impressive and far-reaching engagement with higher education with IFYC’s field experience and Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education,” says Eboo Patel, IFYC Founder & President. “We and AAC&U share the belief that the country’s colleges and universities have a special role and responsibility to help our fellow citizens navigate deep differences across lines of religion and worldview while building a common life together. Through this Institute, campuses poised to do this work can take the next step to become transformative model environments for broader interfaith cooperation throughout the U.S.” 

An entirely new partnership of IFYC and AAC&U, the Institute launches alongside AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, and is made possible by the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Over the course of four days, teams will attend sessions, consult with faculty advisors, and meet to develop context specific action plans for broadening, deepening, and strengthening their campus commitment to interfaith teaching and learning. The Institute will provide practical guidance, mentoring and resources related to the following themes:

  • Religious Diversity and Interfaith Studies in the Curriculum
  • Student Interfaith Leadership for Civic Engagement
  • Interfaith Competence and Literacy Among Faculty and Staff
  • Cross-Curricular and Campus-wide Strategic Planning for Interfaith Cooperation

IFYC has invited four renowned faculty partners to facilitate the Institute:

  • Barbara A McGraw is director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and Professor of Social Ethics, Law and Public Life at Saint Mary’s College of California. The areas of expertise that Dr. McGraw brings to the Institute include interfaith civic engagement, experiential educational opportunities, interfaith competencies for professional life, and interdisciplinary interfaith curriculum development, including cultivation of campus-wide support. 
  • Rahuldeep Gill is Associate Faculty of Religion and the Campus Interfaith Strategist at California Lutheran University. The areas of expertise that Dr. Gill brings to the Institute include developing faculty and staff interfaith competency, campus-wide strategic planning for interfaith cooperation, integrating religious identity into multi-cultural and diversity priorities, connecting campus mission and identity to interfaith commitments, developing student learning outcomes, and interfaith approaches to world religions.
  • Trina Janiec Jones is Associate Professor of Religion and Associate Provost for Curriculum & Co-Curriculum at Wofford College. The areas of expertise that Dr. Jones brings to the Institute include pedagogies for interfaith studies, curricular development, interfaith approaches to world religions, campus-wide strategic planning for interfaith cooperation, and cultivating administrative and campus-wide support for interfaith initiatives.
  • Jeffrey Carlson is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University. The areas of expertise that Dr. Carlson brings to the Institute include integrating interfaith into the core curriculum, pedagogies for interfaith studies, campus-wide curricular change, faculty and staff competency and capacity development, campus-community partnerships, and experiential education opportunities.

The Institute will run con-currently with AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work and attendees are welcomed and encouraged to attend sessions in both institutes.

To learn more about the Institute and to apply, campuses can go to:

Applications are due April 30th, 2018.

About IFYC

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national non-profit organization working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together. To realize this vision, IFYC partners with American colleges and universities, helping students and educators to explore, experience, and engage issues of religious and worldview diversity and difference up-close. Active since 2002, IFYC works with students, staff, administrators, and faculty at over 450 U.S. colleges and universities along with a growing network of alumni who are advancing interfaith cooperation across various areas of American life. Learn more at

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, faculty, and staff engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Through a broad range of activities, AAC&U reinforces the collective commitment to liberal education at the national, local, and global levels. Its high-quality programs, publications, research, meetings, institutes, public outreach efforts, and campus-based projects help individual institutions ensure that the quality of student learning is central to their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. Information about AAC&U can be found at