Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement

Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement : A Handbook for Student Affairs

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This book arises out of a recognition that student affairs professionals have little preparation or guidance in dealing with matters of spirituality, religion, secularism and interfaith work at a time of greater diversity in studentsaEURO (TM) beliefs; and from a broad recognition that there is a need to engage with this aspect of student life. For those who donaEURO (TM)t know how to begin and may be nervous about tackling a topic that has the potential to lead to heated disagreements, this book provides the resources and practical guidance to undertake this work.

With the aim of providing student affairs practitioners and faculty with the tools they need to increase their comfort level and enable their ability to engage in discussions about belief both in and out of the classroom, the contributors provide foundational knowledge, concrete teaching ideas, sample activities, and case studies that can be used in a variety of settings.

This book serves multiple audiences in student affairs by providing teaching ideas for practitioners who want to include a session or two about interfaith in their programs as well as ideas for student affairs faculty who may be teaching one session on this topic or a whole course.

The book is divided into four sections. The first offers context, provides the findings of research, and asks readers to reflect on the framework they use to embark on this work, whether a social justice framework that aims to highlight issues of power and privilege or an interfaith cooperation framework that aims to create religious pluralism.

Part 2 provides concrete ideas for creating courses, activities, events, and programs focused on spirituality, religion, secularity, and interfaith engagement, as well as ideas for incorporating these topics into courses typically offered in student affairs preparation programs. Part 3 presents case studies to engage students, practitioners, and faculty in thinking about campus situations related to religious diversity. Part 4 provides some basic information about a variety of religions and worldviews held by college students.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • English
  • 1620366088
  • 9781620366080

Table of contents

Forewords: A Vision for Interfaith Education in Student AffairsaEURO"Kevin Kruger, Cindi Love, and Eboo Patel
Introduction & Book Overview
Part 1: Context
1) A Little Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing: Ideas to Consider Before Your Event or ClassaEURO"Kathleen M. Goodman and Christy Craft
2) Perceptions of and Engagement with Worldview Diversity: An Overview of CRSCS and IDEALS FindingsaEURO"Ben Correia-Harker, Alyssa, and Matthew Mayhew
3) Social Justice and Interfaith CooperationaEURO"Eboo Patel and Cassandra M. Meyer
Part 2: Strategies, Techniques, and Activities for Teaching about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement in a Variety of Student Affairs Settings
4) A Call to Propagate Courses Focused on Spirituality, Religion, and Secularity in Student Affairs Preparation ProgramsaEURO"Kathleen M. Goodman, Sherry Watt, and Tricia Seifert
5) Adding Spirituality, Religious Diversity, and Interfaith Engagement to Existing Courses in Student Affairs Preparation ProgramsaEURO"Jenny Small and James P. Barber
6) Professional Development for Student Affairs Practitioners
7) Educational Activities for Student Affairs Practitioners in Residence Life, Diversity, Leadership, and other Functional AreasaEURO"Kathleen M. Goodman
Part 3: Case Studies in Engaging Religious Diversity on Campus
8) Exploring Case Studies as a Pedagogical Strategy for Engaging Religious DiversityaEURO"Cassandra M. Meyer
9) Study or Indoctrination? Teaching the QuraEURO (TM)an at UNCaEURO"Karla Suomala
10) Coercion or Conversion? Engaging Evangelicals at UICaEURO"Karla Suomala
11) Creating a Welcoming Community: Embracing Atheists at Concordia CollegeaEURO"Karla Suomala
12) Exploring Intersectionality: Religion and Race at Kinnamon UniversityaEURO"Megan Lane
13) Engaging Religious Diversity in Student Affairs: Routine ScenariosaEURO"Megan Lane
Part 4: Foundational Knowledge about Religious and Secular Students on Campus
Background & OverviewaEURO"Mary Ellen Giess
14) Understanding Christian Students on Campus
15) Understanding Muslim Students on CampusaEURO"Altaf Husain
16) Understanding Jewish Students on CampusaEURO"Sheila Katz and Josh Feigelson
17) Understanding Secular Students on CampusaEURO"Lyz Liddell and Nick Stancato
18) Understanding Dharmic Traditions on Campus
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"The editors of this volume have produced a timely, thoughtful, and responsible effort that locates the importance of excellent interfaith practice within the good work of Student Affairs. Offering examples of effective co-curricular pedagogical tools -- programs, activities, events and case studies - designed to help students engage in productive exchange across worldview differences, the editors have provided an invaluable resource for institutional stakeholders specifically interested in inclusive interfaith engagement."--Matthew J. Mayhew, The William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration "The Ohio State University " "The writers in this volume bravely and empathetically address the fascinating religious and secular diversity on college campuses. Unlike those wishing to use the student affairs profession to advance a narrow moral agenda, these writers lead the way in showing respect, justice and honor to the breadth of humanity in our universities. If read sympathetically and used wisely, their insights and advice can lead us to a deeper understanding of and love for each other."--Perry L. Glanzer, Professor of Educational Foundations and Resident Scholar "Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion " "Goodman, Giess and Patel masterfully and poignantly remind us that If we are truly committed to the holistic development of our students, creating more inclusive communities, and developing capacities that form global citizens then we must facilitate opportunities for college students to learn about their, and others, religious, spiritual and secular identities. Their message is clarifying and strikes as a moral imperative if we understand that our greatest mission is the utmost development of human potential. They generously and wisely offer us many paths forward!"

--Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Virginia Tech; Past President of ACPA-College Student Educators International ". " "If you dream about humanity bending toward justice, or relationships that nurture peace and even love, you understand that religious, secular, and spiritual diversity education is a critical frontier for higher education. History has taught us that college campuses are catalysts for movements of inclusion and human transformation--and Goodman, Giess, Patel and colleagues implore us to design learning environments that champion interfaith engagement to this end. A treasure of pedagogically sound and practical wisdom awaits. I could not stop reading."

--Frank Shushok, Jr., Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Associate "Virginia Tech " From the Foreword:
"While we have increased our emphasis on racial and gender identity over the past twenty years, higher education has not had a commensurate effort to create a deeper understanding of the important role college years play in student's religious, secular, and spiritual identity. This book, through case studies and examples of relevant research and practice, will be an important resource for creating programs that encourage interfaith dialogue and promote a greater understanding of the religious and secular diversity represented among our students."--Kevin Kruger, President "NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education "
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About Kathleen M. Goodman

Kathleen M. Goodman is an Assistant Professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University.

Mary Ellen Giess is the Senior Director of Co-Curricular Partnerships, Interfaith Youth Core.

Eboo Patel is the Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core.
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