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Interfaith leadership

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), spent the day on campus meeting with faculty, students, and staff in workshops on February 2.

Developing an interfaith radar screen and learning how to respond to issues that may arise are essential to creating interfaith cooperation, Patel said. It’s common to be prepared for dealing with problems around gender and race, but not enough leaders are equipped to handle issues of religion. His interfaith movement builds religious pluralism. More than 125 members of the College’s student body, staff, and faculty participated in three sessions held throughout the day.

In the evening, Patel presented his talk, “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Faith and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century,” to more than 120 community members. Click here to watch a video recording of his presentation. 

IFYC is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to building bridges of cooperation across religious and cultural differences on college campuses. Patel believes religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Patel holds a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, has served as a White House advisor, and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred Ground, and the forthcoming, Interfaith Leadership.