Challenge, Connection, Collaboration: Identity, Religion, Diversity, and Interfaith Cooperation
April 16, 2019
This webinar is a collaboration between AAC&U and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).
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 [email protected]. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available online 72 hours after the webinar.
Carolyn RoncolatoDirector of Academic Initiatives, Interfaith Youth Core
Dawn Michele WhiteheadVice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers and Interim Vice President for Communications, AAC&U
William CraftPresident, Concordia College
Ashmeet OberoiClinical Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Dianne OliverDean, College of Arts and Sciences, Nazareth College