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We are building interfaith America, a nation of people equipped to engage American religious diversity and interfaith bridgebuilding. Explore the latest national news coverage of our work.

Is Pluralism the Next DEI?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

April 4, 2024

Eboo Patel has a vision for colleges and universities embroiled in fights over race, gender, sexuality, and, more recently, the war in Gaza.

The founder and president of Interfaith America, which tries to help institutions, groups, and people find common ground, wants to make “pluralism” central to a liberal-arts education at colleges across the country.

Pluralism Conference Draws Campus Leaders Amid Israel-Gaza War

Inside Higher Ed

April 3, 2024

About 140 college and university leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for a conference on fostering campus pluralism in response to ongoing student conflicts over the Israel-Gaza war and rising antisemitism and Islamophobia nationwide.

The event, called “Advancing Campus Pluralism: Building Bridges Across Difference,” was hosted by Interfaith America, an organization focused on religious diversity, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). 

Four major nonprofits team up to foster connection and service across the country

Religion News Service

February 22, 2024

“We are striving to build a ‘potluck nation’ where all Americans bring the best of their identities to the table for a shared feast,” said Interfaith America Founder and President Eboo Patel.  “Of course we will disagree on some things, but that should not prevent us from working together on other things. Team Up encourages respecting people’s diverse identities, building relationships between different communities, and cooperating on concrete projects with common aims.”

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America, speaks to a seated crowd at a devotional at the Institute of Religion near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Honor the ‘holiness of diversity,’ Eboo Patel tells young adults


JANUARY 30, 2024​

Patel shared examples from the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s life of times that people of other faiths helped him, from a Christian monk to a Jewish rabbi to an ordinary pagan man.

Throughout the story of Islam, Patel said, “there is this theme: … creation is diverse, [and] diversity is sacred. And that means a special responsibility for you. I speak to compatriots in that effort.”

Addressing Campus Antisemitism Is A Now Or Never Moment For DEI


DECEMBER 21, 2023

The nonprofit Interfaith America notes that many college campuses have opted to create interfaith rooms or centers within their facilities. Finding spaces within the community for these conversations has become much more challenging. Without a physical or virtual space where people can talk and interact, interfaith conversations – productive or unproductive – will not occur. Institutions should ask themselves: If such conversations aren’t happening in supportive spaces, where and how do we expect them to occur?

Universities Are Failing at Inclusion

The New York Times

November 17, 2023

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith America, which over the past 20 years has worked on about 1,200 campuses to narrow toxic divides and build bridges between people of all faiths or no faith. Over these decades, he has concluded that far from creating a healthier, more equitable campus, this ideology demonizes, demeans and divides students. It demeans white people by reducing them to a single category — oppressor. Meanwhile, it demeans, for example, Muslim people of color, like Patel, by reducing them to victims.

Interfaith coalition produces 'Faith in Elections Playbook' to guide faith leaders

Baptist News Global

November 6, 2023

The “Faith in Elections Playbook” provides detailed instructions congregations and other religious groups can use to help bridge partisan and community divides throughout next year’s election season, according to co-developers Interfaith America and Protect Democracy.

Building bridges over a war’s divide​

Christian Science Monitor

November 1, 2023

“Now is the time to remove the walls and look at each other,” Katia Abdel Kader, a violinist from Ramallah, West Bank, told The New York Times. “The moment you just look in someone’s eyes and you understand we’re just the same – that’s what matters for me.”

Insights like those create broad ripples. They move individuals from narrow misconceptions to what Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith America, calls a framework for pluralism built of respect, empathy, and cooperation. They add up to a potential new era of peace building.

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U.S. students are clashing over the Israel-Hamas war. What can colleges do?


OCTOBER 14, 2023

Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith America — an organization that works with nearly 1,000 campuses on interfaith issues — described a phone call he got from a college president who was worried that a peaceful vigil could turn violent.

His response was that colleges need to be two things right now: communities of care and cooperation. People are hurting, he adds, and words matter.

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