The Bridge Initiative
This pioneering “crossover” initiative brings together celebrated faculty, subject-matter experts, and seasoned researchers to examine attitudes and behaviors towards Muslims; dissect public discourses on Islam; and uncover the operational mechanisms of engineered Islamophobia in an effort to raise public awareness and enrich public discourse on this pernicious form of prejudice.
The non-profit, non-partisan Brooklyn-based Democracy Works/TurboVote organization aims to foster democratic knowledge and capabilities in college students through active engagement and by utilizing TurboVote’s civic technology to drive the vote in every election—local, state and national—on campuses.
Guidelines for Discussing Difficult/Controversial Topics
This guidelines shared by The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigancan help instructors facilitate classroom discussion around controversial issues. Whatever the context, it is helpful to structure such discussions in a way that defines boundaries for the process and provides some degree of closure within the classroom.
Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian school of religious and theological studies that educates students both in the pursuit of the academic study of religion and in preparation for leadership in religious, governmental, and a wide range of service organizations. Founded in 1816, and one of the oldest of Harvard University's professional schools, HDS has a long history of fostering scholarship and critical thinking, as well as supporting service and ministry.
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)
The highly regarded IFYC works with campuses to build models of interfaith understanding and cooperation. IFYC believes interfaith collaboration leads to a society characterized by religious pluralism which it definesas “an intentional engagement of religious diversity toward a positive end or common good.”
On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University provides an excellent paradigm for energetically engaging religious diversity. Its director, Diana Eck, distinguishes between “diversity” and “pluralism,” noting that “mere diversity without real encounter and relationship will yield increasing tensions in our societies.” In contrast, “Pluralism is the encounter of commitments. It means holding our deepest differences, even our religious differences, not in isolation, but in relationship to one another.”
SU&IC | Student Union & Intercultral Center at CUNY Kingsborough Community College