For a full list of Interfaith Center Events, please visit our FACEBOOK PAGE!
The following are programs the Interfaith Center sponsored in the 2012-2013 Academic Year which will continue in the 2013-2014 year.(Events for the 2013-2014 Academic Year have not yet been scheduled. Like our Facebook Page to get regular updates on upcoming Interfaith Center Events and Programs)
An educational student club open to all students. The goal is to create a safe space for dialogue, friendship, and volunteering across difference of ideological framework (religious/non-religous).
Visit the Better Together page for more information.
Field trips to local mosque, temples, churches and cultural centers for events and festivals followed by free food and reflection.
Exploring values and identity through interfaith dialogue with guest speakers. For students of all ideological frameworks (secular & religious).
Fun, games, and a FREE meal once twice a semester. Make new intercultural, international and interfaith friends! All students (international and domestic) are welcome.
A spring semester event planned by (and for) students to address current religious diversity issues. Visit the Interfaith Week page for more information.
Explore your path to a fulfilling future. Examine the intersection of your values, passions, and what the market will pay for.
Many of our events and programs include dialogue across religious and non-religious difference. In order to have productive dialogue, the Interfaith Center sets up Safe Space Guidlines at the beginning of each program. These Safe Space Guidelines are as follows:
1. Modified Vegas Rule: Personal sharing that takes place in the room stays in the room but what is learned in the room is taken out and shared with others.
2. Step In/Step out: It is essential to the health of the group that everyone be heard. Some people tend to speak up as their way of “participating” while others tend to listen as their way of “participating.” It is important for everyone to step into the dialogue and for those who speak up frequently, it is important for them to step out and let other speak.
3. Check Presumption at the Door: What we presume to know about others is often based on stereotyping or profiling and gets in the way of learning. If we set aside our presumptions, we open ourselves up to what is real and authentic.
4. No Proselytizing/Debating: We understand that for some traditions, efforts to convert others are very important. However, these efforts can create barriers rather than bridges to open dialogue. Also, we are here to learn and seek understanding not to debate.
5. One Mic/One Diva: Respectful dialogue means listening to others when they are speaking. Only one person speaks at a time. This means that when someone is speaking there should be no other conversations going on, whether directly or indirectly (through social media).
6. I-Statements: When speaking, speak for themselves only. This relieves speakers from the pressure to speak on behalf of all others with similar identities and precludes generalizing about people with other identities.
7. Oops/Ouch: We are here to learn and thus we will inevitably make mistakes. This is not a therapy session. A speaker may realize that something s/he just said might be offensive, hurtful, or disrespectful. On such realization, s/he is invited to simply say “oops” and to acknowledge the difficulty. Similarly, a listener may hear something s/he feels is offensive, hurtful, or disrespectful. On such occasion, s/he may say “ouch” and provide a simple explanation of what was perceived as offensive, hurtful, or disrespectful and why. No one takes anything personally and there is no debate. Everyone moves on.
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