What is the Interfaith Leadership Summit?
The Interfaith Leadership Summit (the Summit) is the largest gathering of students and educators with a commitment to American religious pluralism. Each year, hundreds of people who care about the future of our religiously diverse society converge to learn, train, share, and get inspired to bring the movement for interfaith cooperation back to their campuses and communities. Over the course of three days, participants learn to bridge divides and forge friendships across lines of religious and worldview differences. For the 2022 Summit, we are excited to gather in-person while still offering a virtual component.
Come to the Summit with the passion to bring people together and leave equipped with the knowledge and skills to make it happen.
Who is the Interfaith Leadership Summit For?
Any undergraduate student or educator at an undergraduate college or university within the United States is eligible to attend the Summit. Graduate students are also welcome, are considered educators at the Summit and should register as such. Email email@example.com if you have questions or want to talk with an IFYC staff member.
- 10:00am – 12:00pm Registration and Check-In
- 11:00am – Information Session for First Time Attendees (optional)
- 12:00pm – Opening Lunch and Welcome Program
- 1:30pm – 3:15pm – Training Session 1
- 3:15pm – 3:45pm – Break
- 3:45pm – 5:15pm – Training Session 2
- 5:30pm – 8:00pm – Dinner
- 8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
- 9:00am – 11:00am - Saturday Symposia
- 11:00am – 11:15am – Break
- 11:15am – 12:45pm – Training Session 3
- 12:45pm – 2:00pm – Lunch
- 2:00pm – 3:30pm - Training Session 4
- 3:30pm – 4:00pm – Break
- 4:00pm – 6:00pm - Unconference Session
- 5:30pm – Night on the Town (Dinner on your own)
- 8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
- 9:00am – 10:30am – Training Session 5
- 10:30am – 11:30am – Break
- 11:30am – 1:00pm – Closing Programs for Students and Educators
All times in CST. The Summit takes place in Chicago, IL.
- Stepping into Interfaith America (great for students new to interfaith work)
As an introduction to interfaith cooperation, this track will support students’ understanding of America’s diverse democracy, the challenges it faces, and how interfaith cooperation is an integral part of strengthening it.
- Building Interfaith America (great for students with interfaith experience interested in civic engagement)
Begin to learn the skills that bring communities together across religious identities to provide solutions for shared challenges. Participants in this track will learn the building blocks of making change and leave with an action plan to take back to their own campus.
- Telling the Stories of Interfaith America (great for students with interfaith experience interested in storytelling)
In this training, participants will learn how to construct a public narrative and use stories to inspire action as well as counter disinformation or add texture to incomplete dominant narratives. In their learning, participants will gain clarity about meaningfully contributing to a national narrative that prioritizes bridge building in a religiously diverse democracy.
- Laying Foundations for Interfaith America (great for educators new to interfaith work)
This track introduces educators to the fundamental skills, knowledge, and research that underlie effective interfaith work on campus. Educators will discuss how they can promote pluralism in their own role on campus and support student leadership development. Participants will leave the track with a set of resources tailored to fostering interfaith engagement at their institution.
- Bridging the Gaps in Interfaith America (great for educators with interfaith experience interested in bridging deep differences)
Bridging the Gap is committed to supporting campus leaders who see value in crossing lines of difference. We know long-term change on campus is not easy, but productive and meaningful encounters across difference—whether religious, political, or racial—are needed now more than ever. We believe that bridge-builders can be the heroes in our polarized society. Led by expert facilitators from the Bridging the Gap project, this track focuses on the core skills and knowledge critical to successful bridge-building on campuses and provides the resources and tools needed to make it happen. Aimed at experienced educators looking to facilitate a range of bridge-building experiences on their campuses, this track’s unique cohort experience will give participants a chance to hear from their peers and think deeply about how to engage difference in their specific campus context. Participants in this track will be expected to commit to a bridge-building campus project and join in a cohort of fellow campus leaders that will be supported with financial awards to help further their goals.
- Facilitating Interfaith Workshops (great for educators who have some interfaith background and are ready to plan facilitation opportunities in their campus community while integrating the lessons from the pandemic)
In this “train the trainer” workshop, participants will cultivate the ability to develop and lead interfaith professional development for faculty, staff, and/or paraprofessionals within their campus community. Using IFYC’s BRIDGE curriculum as a learning tool, participants will:
- experience interfaith workshop modules as participants;
- reflect on strengths and limitations as facilitators;
- identify strategies from working during the pandemic that increased access and promoted racial equity;
- practice workshop facilitation, develop strategies for addressing challenging situations that can arise during interfaith workshops; and
- plan concrete facilitation opportunities back on campus.
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Who can attend the ILI?
Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or educator at a college or university is eligible to attend. The registration process for the ILI will help route folks to the training track best suited to their needs. Please note that graduate students are considered educators by IFYC as our student training tracks are designed with undergraduate student experiences in mind. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and want to talk to an IFYC staff member.
The registration fee for the Summit is $299, which does not include the cost for travel and lodging. This includes most meals and snacks throughout the weekend. In an effort to increase access to the Summit, we provide a number of discounts and scholarships to support participant attendance.
A few of the discounts are listed below, and if you have questions or need a discount and don’t see one that fits you, you can email email@example.com and someone from our team will be in touch to support you.
Early Bird Discount: Everyone who registers before May 27th, 2022 at 11:59pm CST will receive an early bird discount. Regular registration costs $299, but the early bird rate is $199!
New Campus Discount: Has your campus attended the Summit before? If not, your campus is eligible to receive 2 free registrations! Check this list to see if your campus has attended and if not, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your discount code for 2 free registrations.
In addition to the above discounts, we have a limited number of scholarships available for registration, travel, and/or lodging available for undergraduate students and eligible staff and faculty who present a strong application and indicate financial need. These scholarships are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two per institution.
Students and educators who receive a registration scholarship will have their entire registration fee covered. IFYC will cover the costs of lodging for Friday and Saturday night of the Summit at the Swissotel, the location of the Summit, for participants who receive a lodging scholarship. There will be a question in the registration process where you can indicate if you want to apply for one or both scholarships. Please note there are limited funds so be sure to register and apply early.
Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Who should attend the ILI from my campus?
IFYC welcomes a diversity of students and educators from various faiths and traditions, majors, and level of involvement with interfaith cooperation.
The training experiences are designed for both participants new to interfaith work and for those looking for advanced skills. Please be in touch with your IFYC contact directly or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this and strategies regarding who you should attend the ILI from your campus.
- Will IFYC provide for my accessibility needs at the ILI?
We are always looking for ways to make the ILI more welcoming, accommodating, and inclusive for our attendees. Here are some of the ways we try to create that environment but if there is anything else we can do, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com and ask.
- Registration: Registration for the ILI asks for information regarding accessibility needs. If you indicate that you have accessibility needs when registering, an IFYC staff member will contact you to follow up closer to the ILI to ensure those needs are met.
- Audio and Visual Needs: Closed captioning will be available in all plenary sessions. Closed captioning, audio description, and other services will be made available for individuals upon request within registration.