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, secularity, 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—Cindi Love (ACPA) and Kevin Kruger (NASPA)

Part 1: Context
1) Preparing for Interfaith Engagement—Christy D. Moran Craft and Kathleen M. Goodman
2) Students’ Perceptions of and Engagement with Worldview Diversity in College—Benjamin P. Correia-Harker, Jeremy T. Snipes, Alyssa N. Rockenbach, and Matthew Mayhew
3) Social Justice and Interfaith Cooperation—Eboo Patel and Cassie Meyer

Part 2: Teaching Ideas for Student Affairs Faculty
Part 2 Introduction: Teaching Ideas for Student Affairs Faculty—Kathleen M. Goodman
4) Developing Courses that Engage Spirituality, Religion, and Secularity in Student Affairs Preparation Programs—Kathleen M. Goodman, Sherry K. Watt, and Tricia A. Seifert
5) Adding Spirituality, Religious Diversity, and Interfaith Engagement to Student Affairs Courses—Jenny L. Small and James P. Barber
6) Reflective Opportunities to Explore Spirituality and Professional Purpose—Mari Luna De La Rosa and Holly Holloway-Friesen

Part 3: Strategies and Activities for Student Affairs Practitioners
Part 3 Introduction: Strategies and Activities for Student Affairs Practitioners—Kathleen M. Goodman
7) Training Student Affairs Professionals—Ariel Ennis and Tarah Trueblood
8) Educational Activities for Student Affairs Practitioners—Kathleen M. Goodman
9) Interfaith Activities Integrated with Academic Courses and Programs—Kathleen M. Goodman and Mary Ellen Giess

Part 4: Case Studies in Engaging Religious Diversity on Campus
Part 4 Introduction: Using Case Studies to Engage Religious Diversity and Build Interfaith Leadership—Cassie Meyer
10) Study or Indoctrination? Teaching the Qur’an at UNC—Karla Suomala
11) Coercion or Conversion? Engaging with Religious Difference at UIC—Karla Suomala
12) Secular Students on the Prairie—Karla Suomala
13) When Causes Collide: Exploring Intersectionality and the Middle East Conflict—Megan Lane
14) Engaging Religious Diversity on a Regular Basis: Short Scenarios—Megan Lane

Part 5: Foundational Knowledge about Religious and Secular Students on Campus
Part 5 Introduction: Foundational Knowledge: What Matters and Why?—Mary Ellen Giess
15) Understanding Christian Students on Campus—Katie Brick, J. Cody Nielsen, Greg Jao, Eric Paul Rogers, and John A. Monson
16) Understanding Muslim Students on Campus—Altaf Husain
17) Understanding Jewish Students on Campus—Sheila Katz and Josh Feigelson
18) Understanding Secular Students on Campus—Lyz Liddell and Nick Stancato
19) Understanding Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu Students on Campus—Upali Sraman, Rahuldeep Singh Gill, and Varun Soni

About the Authors

IHE Conversations on Diversity blog post

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