2022 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence
The ever-increasing diversity of the United States means that we regularly encounter religious differences in our everyday lives. American citizens have a choice of how to respond to this unprecedented diversity in our communities and nation. Rather than allowing apathy or intolerance to define the future of our democracy, we can choose to engage each other to build bridges across lines of difference. American colleges and universities have a unique role and responsibility to help our fellow citizens explore how to embrace our many differences while maintaining a common life together. Colleges and Universities bring people together across lines of religious difference through curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement opportunities. As such, campuses serve as both a laboratory and a model for how diverse societies can thrive, as well as a launching pad for the next generation of leaders who can transform these diverse experiences into engaged and productive pluralism.
The 2022 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 four-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 invited to attend a one-day pre-Institute 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.
Through the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and now with continued support from Lilly Endowment Inc., if accepted, all costs will be covered for the 2022 Institute and pre-Institute workshop. 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.
Interfaith Cooperation for Our Times
Focusing on the work of the Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education Initiative, this publication showcases institutional efforts to broaden, deepen, and strengthen commitments to interfaith teaching and learning.
Questions may be directed to Janett I. Cordovés.
Janett I. Cordovés, Ed.D
Director of Higher Education Partnerships
Interfaith America[email protected]
2022 IIE 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 are both being held virtually, there is no travel involved. The pre-Institute will be held on Thursday, July 14. The Institute will begin on Tuesday, July 19, and conclude on Friday afternoon, July 22, adjourning no later than 2:00 pm. 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.
Questions may be directed to Jasmine Epps at [email protected]
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 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, all Institute costs will be covered.
Campus teams will create an action plan over the course of the four-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.
Application Components and Selection Criteria
Campus Interfaith Inventory
The Campus Interfaith Inventory (CII) is required for all institutions applying to the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence. This inventory is an opportunity to evaluate your campus’s assets and growth areas for interfaith cooperation. It should take approximately 20-60 minutes for one person to complete. Fill it out to the best of your ability at this time. There will be a later opportunity to revise and add to it. If your campus has already completed the inventory, you are asked to review and update it. Please fill out this form to receive your campus’s unique Campus Interfaith Inventory link.
Each team applying to the Institute needs to develop a clear and concise narrative addressing the following components and questions (1000 words).
What has motivated a desire for expanding and strengthening your campus’s curricular and campus-wide engagement with religious diversity and interfaith cooperation? (For example, assessment results, faculty and staff interest, new office or position, research on student experience and learning, etc.)?
How do interfaith cooperation and religious diversity intersect or align with other campus Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice initiatives?
At what stage are your current efforts to reform, strengthen, or grow your campus’s commitment to interfaith cooperation (initial conversations, evaluating existing curricula or outcomes, implementing, or scaling up changes, assessing results of change, etc.?)
What do you experience or foresee as some of the key challenges related to engaging religious and non-religious identity and diversity on your campus (lack of administrative support, homogeneity of the student body, campus identity or culture, etc.)?
Do you have any strategies or plans for addressing these challenges?
Campus Interfaith Goals
Please identify 3-5 high-priority tasks for strengthening, assessing, or increasing curricular and campus-wide interfaith engagement that you expect your team to work on during the Institute. At least one, and preferably more, of these tasks must be related to the academic curriculum. These should be tasks that, if advanced substantially during the Institute, would lead your team and campus to consider your participation a success. Please include how you might plan to navigate the ongoing pandemic into the implementation of your goals.
How does participation in the Institute align with your institution’s current strategic priorities?
How will you assess the attainment of these goals on your campus?
What are possible barriers you might experience in attaining these goals?
With what aspects of the four Institute themes- interfaith studies in the curriculum, religious identity and diversity priorities, staff and faculty competency, or strategic planning for interfaith cooperation- does your campus need the most assistance? What would you specifically like to discuss with other teams and consultants?
Institute Campus Teams
Campuses are asked to create a team of five people, including at least one senior academic officer whose role is relevant to the project as well as one faculty member. Key administrative leaders are essential for accomplishing broad-based educational reform on campus. Networks of engaged provosts, chairs, and faculty can help sustain this reform. Teams are also encouraged to include individuals from faculty development, student affairs, or assessment offices.
What is your rationale for choosing the members of your campus team? What roles do you envision each person playing in implementing your action plans on campus?
What do you believe your team can contribute to the Institute? In the selection process, priority may be given to the following:
Proposals that demonstrate achievable and sustainable ways to build interfaith cooperation at their institution.
Campuses that have a strong curricular emphasis in their action plan proposal.
Campuses with existing interfaith initiatives who are poised to broaden and deepen their campus-wide commitment to interfaith cooperation.
Campuses with a demonstrated commitment to interfaith engagement from senior institutional leadership, faculty, and other key stakeholders.