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

Foreword by Kevin Kruger, Cindi Love
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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 students’ beliefs and, from a broad recognition, that there is a need to engage with this aspect of student life. For those who don’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 Two 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 Three presents case studies to engage students, practitioners, and faculty in thinking about campus situations related to religious diversity. Part Four provides some basic information about a variety of religions and worldviews held by college students.

Table of Contents:

Forewords: A Vision for Interfaith Education in Student Affairs—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 Class—Kathleen M. Goodman and Christy Craft
2) Perceptions of and Engagement with Worldview Diversity: An Overview of CRSCS and IDEALS Findings—Ben Correia-Harker, Alyssa, and Matthew Mayhew
3) Social Justice and Interfaith Cooperation—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 Programs—Kathleen M. Goodman, Sherry Watt, and Tricia Seifert
5) Adding Spirituality, Religious Diversity, and Interfaith Engagement to Existing Courses in Student Affairs Preparation Programs—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 Areas—Kathleen M. Goodman

Part 3: Case Studies in Engaging Religious Diversity on Campus
8) Exploring Case Studies as a Pedagogical Strategy for Engaging Religious Diversity—Cassandra M. Meyer
9) Study or Indoctrination? Teaching the Qur’an at UNC—Karla Suomala
10) Coercion or Conversion? Engaging Evangelicals at UIC—Karla Suomala
11) Creating a Welcoming Community: Embracing Atheists at Concordia College—Karla Suomala
12) Exploring Intersectionality: Religion and Race at Kinnamon University—Megan Lane
13) Engaging Religious Diversity in Student Affairs: Routine Scenarios—Megan Lane

Part 4: Foundational Knowledge about Religious and Secular Students on Campus
Background & Overview—Mary Ellen Giess
14) Understanding Christian Students on Campus
15) Understanding Muslim Students on Campus—Altaf Husain
16) Understanding Jewish Students on Campus—Sheila Katz and Josh Feigelson
17) Understanding Secular Students on Campus—Lyz Liddell and Nick Stancato
18) Understanding Dharmic Traditions on Campus


Reviews & Endorsements:
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