we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude & bond.

- Gwendolyn Brooks

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IFYC invites you to take part in We Are Each Other’s, a campaign to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to the current national crises.

The Covid-19 pandemic, alongside the massive uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd, reveals the brokenness of American democracy. Instead of pushing us further apart, this historic time holds the potential to unite Americans in common purpose.

We Are Each Other’s equips young people to engage in acts of interfaith cooperation, anti-racism, and service with their communities. Find out more about We Are Each Other’s curricular tools, funding, and connection opportunities below.

GWENDOLYN BROOKS

The Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black Pulitzer Prize winner, authored a poem in memory of Black actor and activist Paul Robeson, celebrating how Robeson’s life called upon people to be part of something bigger than themselves. Her words have long inspired IFYC for their powerful reminder that our lives are deeply interconnected: we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude & bond.

The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing reality of racial inequity in America clearly demonstrate the extent to which our individual and communal destinies are interconnected. In a national moment fraught with division, Brooks’s words remind us again of this essential task: to build an equitable America where our diversity is a source of strength.

Curricular Tracks

All tracks are hosted on the LRNG platform in the format of playlists, which includes a series of activities that can be engaged individually or as an overall track. Participants who go through entire playlists will be awarded a badge backed by IFYC and LRNG.

We Are Each Other’s: Getting Started

This simple curriculum offers any participant an easy way to engage in interfaith reflection and action relevant to our current national context. Ideal for participants new to interfaith work or online learning, this track offers introductory interfaith learning and a straightforward call to action to engage in concrete acts of service.

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We Are Each Other’s: Interfaith Leadership 101

This curriculum includes a comprehensive introductory overview of interfaith leadership. Topics will include the vision, knowledgebase, and skillsets of interfaith leadership alongside personal reflection opportunities. The curriculum will consist of videos, readings, and interactive assignments designed for customizable use in a variety of educational settings. Further information on this curriculum is available here. It will be released on LRNG in September 2020.

We Are Each Other’s: Interfaith Cooperation & Civil Rights

This track will explore the connections between interfaith cooperation and the historic movement for civil rights in the U.S. context. Alongside interactive assignments, this curriculum will include a video featuring IFYC alumna and Faith Matters Network Founder and President Rev. Jennifer Bailey discussing the intersection of interfaith cooperation and racial equity. Further information on this curriculum is available here. It will be released on LRNG in September 2020.

WE ARE EACH OTHER’S FUND

The following financial awards are available to support higher education leaders as well as IFYC alumni who want to meet this national crisis moment with the skills of interfaith leadership.

Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation

IFYC will contribute to the growing movement for racial justice by providing awards to support programs at the intersection of racial equity and interfaith cooperation.

Curriculum Awards

IFYC will support leaders utilizing We Are Each Other’s curricular materials, developed as a resource to engage interfaith leadership in the current national context.

Public Conversation Series

Black Leaders & the Future of Higher Education

Sep 9, 2020 12:00 PM

U.S. Higher Education is among the nation's most important achievements. Join Eboo Patel in conversation with Black Higher Education leaders to discuss their civic role and vision in this moment.

Mary Dana Hinton

President of Hollins University

About the Speaker

Mary Dana Hinton is the 13th president of Hollins University and President Emerita of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She has served as vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College...

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About the Speaker

Mary Dana Hinton is the 13th president of Hollins University and President Emerita of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She has served as vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and previously was associate vice president of academic affairs at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. A recognized leader in higher education nationally, she is a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges. She holds a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College. Williams awarded Hinton its Bicentennial Medal, which honors members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement.

Frederick Davie

Executive Vice President of the Union Theological Seminary

About the Speaker

Frederick Davie joined Union Theological Seminary in 2011 as Executive Vice President. He came to Union from the Arcus Foundation, where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice...

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About the Speaker

Frederick Davie joined Union Theological Seminary in 2011 as Executive Vice President. He came to Union from the Arcus Foundation, where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs. Mr. Davie has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. In June 2020, US Senator Charles Schumer appointed Mr. Davie to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Mr Davie was appointed as chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April, 2017. Mr. Davie is also a member of Mayor de Blasio’s Clergy Advisory Council (CAC). He is co-convenor of the CAC’s public safety committee, with a focus on community safety and improving police-community relations. Mr. Davie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College and an M.Div. from Yale University’s Divinity School.

Lori White

President of DePauw University

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Lori S. White is the 21st President of DePauw University. Most recently, she was the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a Professor of Practice at Washington University in St. Louis....

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About the Speaker

Lori S. White is the 21st President of DePauw University. Most recently, she was the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a Professor of Practice at Washington University in St. Louis. At DePauw, she also holds the rank of professor of education. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as DePauw's president. Dr. White has spent 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Dr. White earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis, with emphasis in higher education.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is We Are Each Other’s?

We Are Each Other’s is a campaign developed by IFYC to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to the current national crises. IFYC believes that interfaith leaders are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of this national moment, and We Are Each Other’s is the set of curricula, funding, and connection opportunities that IFYC has developed to support that engagement.

Who is the target audience for We Are Each Other’s?

Everyone! Anyone has the capacity to act as an interfaith leader. While IFYC designed this campaign with our key higher education and IFYC alumni partners in mind, we hope the tools will also be useful for a broader set of civic and educational leaders who want to engage in acts of service across lines of difference in this critical time.

Who is eligible to apply for the grants connected with We Are Each Other’s?

Because of IFYC’s organizational focus, grants are available for higher education professionals and IFYC alumni. College & university faculty, staff, and administrators are eligible to apply and do not need to be existing members of IFYC’s network. IFYC alumni are young college graduates who have participated in IFYC programs and/or have completed We Are Each Other’s playlists.

Who can use We Are Each Other’s curricula?

Anyone! While the tracks are designed for college-aged learners (with the explicit hope that educators on college campuses will utilize and adapt these tools for their educational activities in the 2020-2021 academic year), anyone can utilize these playlists. Learners will need to make an LRNG profile to access the materials.

How can my organization partner with IFYC around We Are Each Other’s?

We were hoping you would ask that! IFYC is currently pursuing a variety of organizational partnerships to support this important campaign. Please email Mary Ellen Giess (maryellen@ifyc.org) to learn more.