Challenge, Connection, Collaboration: Identity, Religion, Diversity, and Interfaith Cooperation

Webinar - Challenge, Connection, Collaboration: Identity, Religion, Diversity, and Interfaith Cooperation

April 16, 2019
Online, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET

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This webinar is a collaboration between AAC&U and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). 

Please join our upcoming webinar, “Challenge, Connection, Collaboration: Identity, Religion, Diversity, and Interfaith Cooperation,” on Tuesday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). 

IFYC and AAC&U share a belief that higher education has a special role to play in preparing students to respond to the growing religious diversity in the United States and the resulting polarization that has emerged in its wake. We are a nation increasingly divided along lines of politics, class, race, geography, and religion. Fortunately, we can choose how to respond to both the diversity itself and the polarization. Both IFYC and AAC&U believe in preparing students to respond to this diversity in ways that build bridges between people and communities to create healthy civil societies.

Though religious identity and diversity are increasingly important on the national and global stage, interfaith cooperation and engaging religious diversity remain underdeveloped as institutional priorities on many college campuses. This increasing religious diversity has implications for your campuses specifically and higher education broadly in several ways. With an increase in incidents centered around interfaith misunderstanding on campuses and in communities, a number of institutions are reporting a need for student, faculty, and staff preparation for interfaith engagement. This webinar will address the rationale, value, and impact of engaging religious diversity and facilitating cooperation on campuses from various institutional perspectives.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar, and we encourage participants to send questions in advance to The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available online 72 hours after the webinar.



Carolyn Roncolato
Director of Academic Initiatives
Interfaith Youth Core



Dawn Michele Whitehead
Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers and Interim Vice President for Communications
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)




William Craft
Concordia College



Ashmeet Oberoi
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Miami



Dianne Oliver
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Nazareth College