Our Programs and Approach
Effective engagement in the American public square requires a nuanced understanding of religious and cultural diversity. This requires an awareness of the social context in which diverse religions and cultures exist as well as the complex social dynamics that mediate encounters with religious and cultural difference.
IDCL’s work promotes intellectual exchange, makes current scholarship publicly intelligible, cultivates conversations about belonging, inclusion, and recognition, and facilitates collaboration across communities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, IDCL’s educational programs and research bridge public and academic discourse and provide resources for educators, community leaders, policy makers, social service providers and other professionals. Bringing together current scholarship and best practices, IDCL’s educational programs take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing religious and cultural diversity, drawing from religious studies, cultural studies, and social science research as well as anti-oppression education and multicultural education.