Early Bird Registration for the 2022 Summit

Register before May 27th, 2022 to receive an early bird discount– $100 off registration!

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Learn more about past ILIs

Check out our plenaries playlist for a glimpse of the ILI experience..

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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org 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.

Training Tracks

Student Tracks

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.




Educator Tracks


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:

  1. experience interfaith workshop modules as participants;
  2. reflect on strengths and limitations as facilitators;
  3. identify strategies from working during the pandemic that increased access and promoted racial equity;
  4. practice workshop facilitation, develop strategies for addressing challenging situations that can arise during interfaith workshops; and
  5. plan concrete facilitation opportunities back on campus.

ILI Stories

"I think it was important
for all of us in that room
to sit down and discuss the problems we all faced on our campuses and to help one another overcome them. Campus leaders tend to feel pretty isolated and it was great to come together for a common cause and to realize that we are not alone and that we are all in this fight together."
- Mandy Tu
Student, Sewanee: University of the South
"The five training sessions
taken together were
of both conceptual and practical use to me. They helped me learn a new vocabulary for expressing interfaith cooperation and they did help me develop at least the beginning of an action plan for our campus activities this year."
- Brian DuSell
Educator, University of San Francisco
"After ILI, I identified
the need for a safe
space to conduct dialogues, and I plan to collaborate with the convocation office (religious office) at my school to organize events where discussions can be had with people to monitor the progress of these dialogues."
- Carolina Borjas
Student, Pepperdine University
twitter logoOlivia Elder@livlikespolicy
One of the truest forms of interfaith work is simply to stand up and demand better for all of us. Incredibly grateful to @ifyc, Rev. Kaytlin Butler, & @snipesjt for the opportunity to discuss faith, BLM, & Covid-19 to close out the 2020 Interfaith Leadership Institute. #ifycili
twitter logoCaleb J. Keith@DrCalebJKeith
In continuing to reflect on @EbooPatel's keynote from yesterday's #ifycILI, I'm struck by the ways in which he emphasizes that all aspects of our lives - academic, civic, personal - are intertwined and it is possible, even necessary, to view them as such and act accordingly.
twitter logoTom Reid@tomtdr
Thank you to @ifyc for a wonderful virtual version of #ifycILI 2020! Great speakers. Great conversation. Hope we can do it in person again next year, but thankful for this opportunity to gather. Feeling energized to keep doing the work. #interfaith

ILI Stories

"For those who are just
starting in interfaith
it provides a good, basic foundation to begin with. This way anyone can feel welcome to come and learn based on their skill levels."
- Natalie Nabass
Student, Pacific Lutheran University
"This was an incredibly
diverse group
in representation across positional power, robust interfaith programs, teaching and research experience, and other content knowledge."
- Liane Ortis
Educator, University of Northern Colorado
"The panel was great
and helped show
some amazing things that an interfaith leader might do."
- Marion Larson
Educator, Bethel University
twitter logoInterfaith Program at Virginia Tech@interfaithVT
Great Unconference Session about IDEALS research with Shauna Morin @ifyc Interfaith Leadership Institute Down pointing backhand index #ifycILI Thank you!
twitter logoSean Watson@Mrseanwatson
I was enjoying the conversation too much to tweet, but that's always the sign of a great conference! #IFYCILI @ifyc #SAPro
twitter logoMatt Hartley@rmatthartley
Great to see @revjenbailey inspiring Interfaith story shared at @ifyc #ifycili, and glad she contributes as a Trustee to Jacksonville local @duPontFund. I was a freshman in college on 9/11, and the aftermath too spurred my Interfaith vocation
"I felt like I was learning substantive things
that were also very applicable… It got the mix of theory and practice just right, and was fun, to boot. I'm excited to bring some of the exercises back to my campus."
- Matisse Peppet
Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The track I was in
was so practical
and so easily applicable. Because we were asked to come in with a particular program or initiative in mind that we were hoping to start, I spent the whole weekend being able to immediately apply the things I was learning to my actual work, rather than in a vague, hypothetical sense..."
- Katherine Grooms
Educator, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
"The opportunity to
create an action plan
for a project that can be implemented on my campus was beneficial."
- Tondaleya Jackson
Educator, Benedict College
twitter logoBryce Bunting@brycebunting
I've thoroughly enjoyed participating in the 2020 Interfaith Leadership Institute today. Big thanks to the #IFYC for putting together an excellent program. We are each other's.
twitter logoAmanda Armstrong@amandarae88
“If you had a megaphone loud enough to be heard by the world, what’s one sentence you’d want to share about your worldview?” #IFYCILI
twitter logovic@vicwcu
‏We Are Each Other's. Beautiful way to view cooperation and navigating ways to work together in such a polarizing climate. We need each other for today and our future #IFYCILI

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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org 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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org 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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.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 leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org 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.