Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence

Higher Education

2023 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence



The 2023 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence (IIE), in tandem with AAC&U’s Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning, 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 five-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 are also expected to attend a one-day Pre-Institute Mandatory 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.



We are grateful for the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and continued support from Lilly Endowment Inc. 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 IA and AAC&U and will connect with the broader network of schools that have attended the Institutes. 

2023 Institute Overview

Who Should Attend?

The Institute is designed for senior-level 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. 

Participation and Platforms

As the Institute and Pre-Institute Mandatory Workshop are both being held virtually, there is no travel involved. The mandatory workshop will be held on Thursday, July 13. The Institute will begin on Tuesday, July 18, and conclude on Friday afternoon, July 21, adjourning no later than 2:00 pm, PST. The Institute will include both the IIE teams and the Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning (IEIL) teams. 

You will be sent the relevant links and registration materials prior to this.

Institute Goals

The Institute is designed to support faculty, staff, and administrative teams in leading strategic, curricular, and co-curricular change in order to create model environments for interfaith cooperation. The Institute provides practical guidance, mentoring, and resources for campus teams to… 

Integrate interfaith themes, methods, and content into the curriculum 

Assess their institution’s assets and growth areas for interfaith cooperation 

Plan for campus-wide facilitation of interfaith cooperation 

Identify opportunities for collaboration across curricular and co-curricular program areas 

Lead efforts to grow campus competency and capacity in religious diversity and interfaith cooperation 

Campus Action Plans

Teams applying to the Institute will each propose an educational change project specific to their individual institutions. Teams will leave the Institute having developed action plans for achieving their goals. Expert faculty and other teams will provide initial feedback on the plans at the Institute. While these action plans can vary widely, each plan must have a curricular component. Each attending campus will have the opportunity to receive a $3,000 grant to implement their plan on campus, as well as ongoing support from IA and AAC&U. 


Thanks to the generous funding of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Lily Endowment Inc., if your campus is accepted, we will cover the costs of the Institute.  

Campus teams will create an action plan over the course of the five-day Institute. Upon completion of the Institute, campuses will be eligible to receive a $3,000 grant to implement their action plan over the next year. 

Institute on Interfaith Excellence

Applications Closed

Applications were due May 19, 2023.

Contact Us

Questions may be directed to Shauna Morin.

Todd Green

Director of Campus Partnerships

Interfaith America