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Better Together Interfaith Ally Training Program: Zoom-based trainings

The Better Together Interfaith Ally Training Program is a 3 hour stand-alone training that builds capacity for interfaith cooperation and creates a more inclusive and welcoming campus for all. This training was developed by Professor Bonnie Glass-Coffin for the USU Interfaith Initiative. It has already been completed by more than 400 USU students, faculty, administrators, and professional staff. Participation in this capacity-building training will give you both the knowledge and the practice you need to become an effective interfaith ally on campus. This experiential training will:

  • Introduce our campus-climate and provide what you need to know to create a welcoming environment for all
  • Provide tools for sharing your beliefs and values while learning to engage respectfully with those who are different
  • Discuss the obstacles and challenges that must be overcome to build positive relationships across "faith-divides"
  • Build a stronger sense of community among participants and contribute to campus transformation in positive ways

If you and any other members of your department, residence hall, or administrative unit are interested in participating in a Better Together Training Program, please contact Professor Glass-Coffin to schedule.

To see previously recorded trainings, click on the links below:

Zoom presentation, 55 minutes long

How do we make our campus more welcoming and inclusive? Do differences in how members of our campus community orient around religion matter as we consider this question? This interactive 55 minute presentation is grounded in the theory and method of the emerging discipline of interfaith studies as well as campus climate research over the last seven years. After providing an overview of the unique challenges we face as a public university campus with majority participation in a a single religious tradition it presents some concrete ideas for bridging religious divides on campus to make our campus more welcoming and inclusive for all Aggies. View the pre-recorded Zoom-based presentation here: .

Zoom Presentation, 55 minutes long

Spiritual well-being is about feeling “connected” with the Holy (or that sense of “Wholeness”) that gives our lives a sense of meaning, purpose, and peace. In this workshop, we will explore how to bust the religious divides on campus while cultivating skills for enhancing spiritual well-being. The pre-recorded session, will be available here soon.