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The Tendency Towards Tribalism on Campus

Left vs. right. In-group vs. out-group. Religious vs. secular, or religious vs. non-religious. Intractable polarization seems to be on the rise on college campuses and throughout the country. How and why do these groups form and why are they so enticing? Is higher education prepared to navigate the continually clashing forces based on identity and values or is there a better way? Join us as we talk to Caroline Mehl, the executive director of the educational group OpenMind Platform, about the psychology behind group formation. We look at research examining polarization, discuss how college and university campuses can support more beneficial engagement across lines of difference, and highlight the unique skills interfaith leaders have to address this national problem.