We take an interdisciplinary approach to critically engaging the most pressing issues related to diversity in the Texas public sphere. We produce resources, curriculum, and guides that help students, community leaders, educators, and other professionals navigate and engage with religious and cultural diversity– as well as issues of belonging, recognition, and discrimination– in communities, workplaces, schools and classrooms.

IDCL can also tailor resources and trainings to meet the needs of your organization.

Research Reports

IDCL research investigates religious discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and the experiences of minority communities in Texas.

White Paper: Understanding Islamophobia in Texas

After recognizing a rise in incidents of Islamophobia in Texas in recent years, IDCL convened a team of researchers to better understand the climate of Islamophobia in Texas. Drawing primarily from media reports, social media posts, and government documents from 2011 – 2016, the team developed a white paper that identifies patterns of anti-Muslim bias in Texas and considers their implications for the Texas public sphere. This topic remains an ongoing area of research for IDCL.

Curriculum Guides

IDCL develops resources and curriculum guides for teaching about religious diversity in intellectually sound, nonsectarian, and constitutionally appropriate ways.

Commemorating and Teaching about Sept. 11 in Texas Public Schools: Elementary and Secondary School Curriculum Guides

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Resources from other organizations:

The American Academy of Religion Guidelines for K-12 Public Schools

The Religious Literacy Project

Oral History Resources

“Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s and … Continue reading Oral History Resources