How interfaith infusion can improve college outcomes
With increasing focus on racial and economic diversity on college campuses, religion is commonly left out of the conversation.
Colleges have a unique opportunity with education and exposure to produce a new generation of interfaith leaders — experts who can integrate humanities with social and political examples and outcomes to demonstrate the value of faith in global society.
- Interfaith integration in academics can create brand new perspectives in addressing campus tolerance issues, offering parallel messages of acceptance and understanding when racial and ethnic perspectives are difficult to overcome.
Colleges and universities are the common breeding ground for industrial innovation and free thought of the humanities. With the infusion of faith and religious discourse in academic, specific majors and career training can greatly benefit students with new ways of career preparation and perspective.
Public health majors can appreciate a greater depth of perspective on how spirituality impacts patient pursuit of treatment, as well as treatment outcomes. Law, social work, and mass communications, all rapidly changing industries with varying employability and professional earnings metrics, can find new avenues of job training and job creation potential by showcasing how these industries can reach and retain more customers with refining of their approaches to global audiences.
Job readiness is now a global proposition, but tolerance is a global ideal that can positively impact students’ capacity for performance and cultural appreciation on campus and in the years following graduation.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Colleges should be nurturing interfaith leaders