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Interfaith intersection diversity training to be offered for faculty and staff in Spring 2020

As a reminder, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a seminar series to develop understanding and skills related to religious, spiritual, and secular diversity.  Express your interest by January 17.

  • What is the interfaith movement? 
  • What does religion, spirituality, and secular identity mean to you?
  • How could knowing more about different religious worldviews and practices better help you connect with your students? 

Led by Dr. Kirk VanGilder and two graduate assistants, the seminar series will allow for faculty and staff to grow their personal and professional knowledge of religious history, literature, and practice. We aim to increase the knowledge and competencies of our university in this area so that students of diverse religious backgrounds can find more belonging on campus. Even if your field does not touch on religion or social settings, it would benefit educational settings to be familiar with the worldviews, religious observances, and practices present in our world and campus community.

The seminar series will have a completion certificate, which can be used as evidence of professional development. Seventy-five to 90-minute meetings will be held every other week for 16 weeks for a total of eight meetings, and we hope to provide a meal. 

Preparation for a typical seminar meeting will involve watching three or four short videos from the curriculum and a short reading selected from the curriculum module assignments.  Discussions at the seminar will unpack our own responses to what we learn and ways we can utilize this information in our classes and work with students. Readings can be selected from the work of; Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, Eboo Patel, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Putnam, Malcom X, Ashutosh Varshney, Karen Armstrong, Paul Ricoeur, Barack Obama, Valerie Kuar, Agnes Richardson, Cynthia Loubier, and more!

If you would be interested in learning more about this seminar, please write to interfaith.intersection@gallaudet.edu by Jan 17th 2020 to be included in further information and planning. If you know of someone else who would enjoy this seminar, please feel free to send this invitation along!

Posted by Kirk VanGilder | Posted January 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM

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Gallaudet

800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002