The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has awarded Hofstra University’s Department of Religion a $10,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to support the development of Interfaith Studies as a component of pre-professional education. The Religion department will work with faculty from the School of Health Professions and Human Services, the Zarb School of Business, the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs, as well as the Center for Civic Engagement, to further inter-religious literacy.
Receipt of the grant was announced by Dr. John Teehan, chair of the Department of Religion on June 3, 2016, who commented that “This will allow us to contribute to an environment of interfaith understanding and respect on campus, and make this a distinctive part of pre-professional education at Hofstra.”
Representatives from IFYC commended Hofstra on its strong existing interfaith studies programs, and for plans to continue to partner religion studies with other liberal arts and pre-professional programs on campus.
“This is any exciting time for the field of Interfaith Studies, and we believe your curricular program will help promote the importance of interfaith leadership and literacy in the civic and professional lives of your students and the surrounding community,” wrote Noah Silverman, IFYC senior director of academic initiatives.