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Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence

American colleges and universities have a special role and responsibility to help our fellow citizens explore how to embrace our many differences while maintaining a common life together. Higher education brings people together across lines of religious difference through curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement opportunities. As such, campuses serve as both a laboratory for how diverse societies can thrive, as well as a launching pad for the next generation of leaders who can transform experiences with diversity into engaged and productive pluralism.  

From  July 20th through 23rd  ,2021,   Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and AAC&U will hold the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence remotely, with a pre-Institute workshop on July 15th, 2021. The application deadline is May 10, 2021. Click here to apply.

The Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence is designed to prepare college and university leaders to transform their campuses into model environments for interfaith cooperation. Intended for administrators, faculty and staff at both public and private colleges and universities, campuses are invited to bring teams of five people from a diverse set of campus positions to the Institute. Teams must include at least one senior academic officer and one faculty member, ensuring broad-based educational reform on campus. Thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc., if accepted, all costs will be covered for the 2021 Institute. In addition, campuses will be eligible for a $3,000 grant to implement their action plan back on campus. 

Over the course of four days, teams will attend sessions, consult with faculty advisors, and meet to develop context specific action plans for broadening, deepening, and strengthening interfaith teaching and learning on their campus. The Institute will provide practical guidance, mentoring and resources related to the following themes: 

  • Religious Diversity and Interfaith Studies in the Curriculum 
  • Religious Identity and Campus Diversity Priorities 
  • Interfaith Competence and Literacy Among Faculty and Staff 
  • Cross-Curricular and Campus-wide Strategic Planning for Interfaith Cooperation 

IFYC has invited renowned faculty partners to facilitate the Institute

Mamta Motwani Accapadi

Vice Provost for University Life at University of Pennsylvania

Mamta Motwani Accapadi is the Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Accapadi served as the vice...

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Mamta Motwani Accapadi is the Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Accapadi served as the vice president for student affairs at Rollins College. She has held administrative and teaching positions at Oregon State University, University of Houston and The University of Texas at Austin. She has also served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion efforts, specifically focusing on the development and empowerment of employee resource groups. Known for her service within student affairs professional associations, NASPA and ACPA, Accapadi has been recognized for her sustained focus on leadership pipeline development and mentorship opportunities for historically underrepresented communities. She has received multiple awards, including the Zenobia Hikes Award for her commitment to the advancement of women in higher education, and has been recognized as a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. She served as an ACE Fellow in 2016, specifically focusing on the pathways to best support community college and four-year institution partnerships in service of students. As a scholar practitioner, her research interests include Asian American identity development, social justice education and issues impacting women of color. She attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in higher education administration.

Jeffrey Carlson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology, at Dominican University

Jeffrey Carlson is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University. He is...

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Jeffrey Carlson is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Theology at Dominican University. He is committed to advancing a counter-narrative to approaches that perpetuate, exacerbate, and benefit from the appalling and widening educational attainment gaps in our society. He believes in educating all students for deep contemplation and rigorous inquiry wherein the pursuit of truth is relentlessly dialogical, fostering a lifetime of meaningful work in service to others and in ways that promote justice and equity. As chief academic officer Dominican University, he has responsibility for academic priorities and policies and strategic planning initiatives, advancing the mission and major goals of Academic Affairs in collaboration with the President's Cabinet, Deans Team, Faculty Senate, and other academic leadership. Prior to becoming Provost, he served as Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences at Dominican for 15 years, and concurrently as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education for three of those years. He serves on the board of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area and is Trustee Emeritus, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. He has published in the areas of interfaith dialogue, Christian theology, integrative learning, and experiential learning.

Barbara A. McGraw

Professor, Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life and Director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism, Saint Mary’s College of California

Barbara McGraw, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life and founding director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at Saint Mary’s College of California. Recipient of the 2014 Mahatma Gandhi Award for...

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Barbara McGraw, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life and founding director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at Saint Mary’s College of California. Recipient of the 2014 Mahatma Gandhi Award for Advancement of Religious Pluralism, she is a thought-leader in the emerging interfaith leadership field. She speaks on, and is an advocate for, interreligious understanding and cooperation in business, education, government institutions and other professional contexts, and is author or editor of works on religion, interfaith leadership, and religion, law, and politics, including Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground; Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously (with Formicola); Many Peoples, Many Faiths (with Ellwood); The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S.; “Religious Pluralism at the Crossroads,” “Toward a Framework for Interfaith Leadership” and “Cross-Cultural Leadership as Interfaith Leadership.”  Formerly a corporate finance attorney with the international law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, she holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. 

Kyle A. Reyes

Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University

Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU)—the largest university in the state of Utah with over...

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Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU)—the largest university in the state of Utah with over 41,000 students. From 2014-2017, Dr. Reyes served as UVU’s Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer and led the development and implementation of UVU’s nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion Plan consisting of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive campus. He has been at UVU for 17 years in various offices and programs: TRIO Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Student Services, Student Success & Retention, the School of Education, and the Office of the President. Dr. Reyes is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education at UVU and taught courses in Multicultural Education, Family & Community Partnerships, and Arts-based Integration. His research focuses on arts-based student empowerment; leadership for equity and access; and institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning.        

Kyle is the Vice President of the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and serves on the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission. He is the past president of the Utah chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Dr. Reyes has also served as the co-chair of the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Utah County and American Indian Services.   

Rebecca Russo

Executive Director of the Campus Climate Initiative at Hillel International

Rebecca Russo is Executive Director of the Campus Climate Initiative at Hillel International. Having recently returned to Hillel from Interfaith Youth Core, where she consulted for university administrators on religious diversity issues,...

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Rebecca Russo is Executive Director of the Campus Climate Initiative at Hillel International. Having recently returned to Hillel from Interfaith Youth Core, where she consulted for university administrators on religious diversity issues, Rebecca now works collaboratively with higher education administrators to create a more positive, productive campus climate in which Jewish students can freely express their identity and values.

Dawn Michele Whitehead

Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U)

Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) and co-director of the Interfaith Leadership in Higher...

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Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) and co-director of the Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education initiative.  Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices and strategies to integrate global and experiential learning across curricular and co-curricular initiatives, general education and the majors, within professional schools, and on-campus and off-campus experiences. She has presented nationally and internationally and has written on these topics and earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington.

This interactive map shows every campus that has participated in a previous Institute. Click on a pin to see what goals that team set after attending the Institute! Orange pins are 2020 campuses, blue are 2019, and red are 2018.