What is the ILI?
The Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) is the largest gathering of students and educators with a commitment to American religious pluralism. As campuses have taken important measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19 for the health and safety of their communities, we are following their lead and cancelling the in person 2020 ILI for this year. Amid so much uncertainty right now, IFYC felt it was important that the ILI continue in some form, even if we cannot bring people together in person this year. We will instead hold a one day virtual ILI experience.
Join us virtually with the passion to bring people together and leave equipped with the knowledge, skills (and new things we’re cooking up!) to bring the movement for interfaith cooperation back to your campuses and communities. Read more and register for the 2020 ILI.
Who is the ILI for?
Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or educator at an undergraduate college or university within the United States is eligible to attend the ILI. Learn more about what we offer undergraduate students, campus staff, and faculty by reviewing this year's offerings.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
- 10:00am - 10:30am: Orientation
- 10:30am - 10:45am: Talk Better Together
- 10:45am - 11:30am: Opening Plenary with Eboo Patel
- 11:30am - 12:00pm: Break
- 12:00pm - 1:15pm: Deep Dive Sessions
- 1:15pm - 2:00pm: Unconference
- 2:00pm - 2:15pm: Break
- 2:15pm - 3:00pm: Closing Plenary
Student Deep Dives
We are offering a session for students who are new or beginning interfaith work and one for those students who have more experience in the area. The choices are below:
- Foundations of Interfaith Leadership
For students new to interfaith work, this session will offer a new virtual training experience highlighting fundamental concepts of interfaith leadership.
- Advanced Interfaith Leadership
Designed for experienced interfaith leaders, this session will focus on deepening the actionable interfaith skills needed for students to respond to this unprecedented time.
Educator Deep Dives
For this year’s ILI experience, we are offering a session for those educators who need an introduction to interfaith concepts and approaches. And for educators with more experience in interfaith cooperation, we will hold a train-the-trainer session focused on an exciting new virtual tool for promoting interfaith action.
- Foundations of Interfaith Cooperation
Giving an overview of the core concepts of interfaith cooperation, this session connects interfaith work with your goals on campus.
- Interfaith Action Online
With so much being done virtually, how do educators equip students to take action? This session will introduce a new training series that educators can use to foster reflection and action during this “new normal” time on campus.
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Who can attend the ILI?
Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or educator at a college or university is eligible to attend. The registration process for the ILI will help route folks to the deep dive best suited to their needs. While educators are welcome to attend without their students, IFYC recommends that campuses bring multiple students and educators to the ILI so you have a network already established to implement the skills gained. For this reason, there is no cap on how many participants from one campus can attend. We recommend a mixed group of students and educators from various faiths and traditions, majors, and levels of involvement with interfaith cooperation. Please email email@example.com if you have questions and want to talk to an IFYC staff member.
Reduced Registration Fee
Given the financial constraints campuses and individuals are navigating, we have significantly reduced the registration fee to $25. If your campus has the funds to cover the registration fee, that’s great, but there is no need to pay to attend the ILI if you or your campus is unable. There will be a question in the registration process where you can indicate if you are able to pay the registration fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and want to talk to a member of our staff.
Due to the shift to an all virtual ILI this year and the financial constraints campuses are experiencing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pausing our discounts and will save all discounts campuses are eligible for this year to be available in 2021. This means if your campus is new to the ILI this year, you can attend this year’s virtual ILI and the new campus discount of 2 free registrations will be held for your campus to use for the 2021 ILI. We have significantly reduced the registration fee to $25 in light of the many financial constraints campuses and individuals are dealing with so we’ll hang on to those discounts for you until next year when we hope we can all be in person together. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about this change and want to talk to a member of our staff.
- Who should attend the ILI from my campus?
IFYC recommends that campuses have multiple students and educators attend the ILI so that you have a network already established to implement the skills gained. For this reason, there is no cap on delegation size. We recommend a diversity of students and educators attend from various faiths and traditions, majors, and level of involvement with interfaith cooperation.
The deep dive experiences are designed for both participants new to interfaith work and for those looking for advanced skills. Please be in touch with your IFYC contact directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this and strategies regarding who you should attend the ILI from your campus.
- What are some strategies for building a delegation to bring to the ILI?
Our deep dive sessions are designed for new and advanced leaders. We encourage representatives from a variety of student organizations and academic pursuits. For educators, we recommend a mixture of staff, faculty, and administrators to ensure that multiple perspectives are brought from your campus to engage in interfaith leadership. You can read more about the deep dive sessions here.
- Will IFYC provide for my accessibility needs at the ILI?
We are always looking for ways to make the ILI more welcoming, accommodating, and inclusive for our attendees. Here are some of the ways we try to create that environment (virtually this year!) but if there is anything else we can do, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com and ask.
- Registration: Registration for the ILI asks for information regarding accessibility needs. If you indicate that you have accessibility needs when registering, an IFYC staff member will contact you to follow up closer to the ILI to ensure those needs are met.
- Audio and Visual Needs: Since this year’s ILI will be all virtual, live captioning will be available for the entire ILI. All videos shown in our sessions will have closed captioning. Additionally, all presentations and downloadable resources are available for Braille programs upon request within registration.