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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The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession, and now the election has revealed the brokenness of American democracy. In these moments of crises, instead of furthering our existing divides, we have a unique opportunity to begin the work of bridging Americans in common purpose.

IFYC invites you to take part in We Are Each Other’s, a campaign to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to these current national crises. So far, IFYC has awarded over 150 educators, students, and alumni to build stronger bridges on their campuses and in their communities. And we are not done!

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 and connection opportunities below.

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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.

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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. Ideal for participants who are ready to start their journey toward interfaith leadership in earnest, this track covers the vision, knowledgebase, and skillsets of interfaith leadership, alongside personal reflection opportunities. The curriculum consists of videos, readings, and interactive assignments for customizable use in a variety of educational settings.

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

This curriculum will explore the connections between interfaith cooperation and the historic movement for civil rights in the U.S. context. Ideal for participants looking to leverage their interfaith leadership to contribute to contemporary racial justice efforts, this track asks participants to reflect on the role they wish to play in this work, includes an in-depth look at the interfaith connections behind the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, and invites participants to act on the intersections between religion and race in contemporary America. The curriculum was developed in partnership with IFYC alumna and Faith Matters Network Founder and President, Rev. Jennifer Bailey, and features a video of her discussing the intersection of interfaith cooperation and racial equity in her own life.

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Public Conversation Series

Immigrant Faith Communities as Anti-Racist Allies

Mar 11, 2021 12PM CST

In the US, the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism and the persistence of white supremacy touch every aspect of American life, including our religious and spiritual communities. With Kamala Harris’s candidacy, campaign and election, many started opening up more public conversations about racism, and specifically anti-Black racism within immigrant religious communities. Concurrently, anti-racist work is growing from and within immigrant faith communities. Join leaders to discuss the anti-racist work that is needed and happening among faith communities, moderated by Janett Cordoves, Director of Higher Ed Partnerships at IFYC.

Raja Gopal Bhattar, Ph.D (they/them/theirs)

Higher Education Leader, Advocate, and Consultant

About the Speaker

Raja Gopal Bhattar, Ph.D, (they/them/theirs) hails from a long lineage of Hindu spiritual leaders from the Srivaishnava tradition. They are a higher education leader, advocate, and consultant...

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Raja Gopal Bhattar, Ph.D, (they/them/theirs) hails from a long lineage of Hindu spiritual leaders from the Srivaishnava tradition. They are a higher education leader, advocate, and consultant. Raja’s advocacy centers intersections of identity and sense of belonging, international students, religious and spiritual identity development, immigrant and first-generation student success, HIV-AIDS in higher education, access and inclusion in global higher education and impact of diverse staff and faculty on student experience and campus climate. Raja has been featured in The Advocate Magazine, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, India Abroad Magazine, Hinduism Today Magazine, the Vermont Quarterly and many other news outlets. They hold a PhD and Masters in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and a BA in Psychology from Boston University. You can connect with Raja Gopal Bhattar on twitter @rajabhattar and instagram @thedrbookworm.

Sung Yeon Choimorrow

Executive Director of the National Asian American Women’s Forum

About the Speaker

Sung Yeon Choimorrow is a first-generation immigrant working mom who is passionate about building power to create change so her daughter can live in a more just world than...

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Sung Yeon Choimorrow is a first-generation immigrant working mom who is passionate about building power to create change so her daughter can live in a more just world than the one she inherited. She is Executive Director of the National Asian American Women’s Forum, building infrastructure to foster a robust base of community leaders who are most affected by the policy issues that NAPAWF works on, namely immigrant rights, economic justice, and reproductive right and health, using the reproductive justice framework. Before working at NAPAWF, Sung Yeon was the Director of Organizing at Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), and a Community Organizer at Asian American Institute. Sung Yeon was born in South Korea and spent her childhood in Singapore and India. Sung Yeon came to the U.S. at the age of 18 to study Political Science and Urban Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and earned an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Sung Yeon is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Sung Yeon is a board member of the Hana Center, a Chicago based organization that builds power with Korean Americans, immigrants, and multi-racial communities for just policies that impact immigrant families.

Imam Khalid Latif

University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU

About the Speaker

Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve...

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Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio's Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a "Task Force to Combat Hate" by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC. In 2012, Imam Latif co-founded with NYU's Vice-Chancellor Linda Mills, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, and Chelsea Clinton the Of Many Institute, a groundbreaking programmatic model for multifaith leadership at the university level. The OM Institute supports a new generation of religious and civic leaders who, deeply rooted in their own religious and spiritual traditions, reach across faith boundaries to solve social problems together. You can connect with Khalid @KLatif facebook.com/khalid.latif instagram.com/imamklatif

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.