Kaufman Interfaith Leadership Scholars
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Kaufman Interfaith Institute is in our fourth year of the Interfaith Leadership Scholars program. In this program, students develop their leadership skills, learn about interfaith cooperation, and work to create a more inclusive community.. Students meet approximately two times a month on Sundays from 3-5pm at the GVSU downtown campus. They experience college-level trainings, discussions and interactive activities led by DEI and Interfaith leaders. They spend half the school year working on a student-led and student-driven project of their choice which impacts the community.
Students from 8th-12th grade are welcome to apply each year. Prior interfaith experience is not necessary but a commitment to attending the program is most important. We welcome all students of any spiritual, secular or religious background.
For more info, please reach out to Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani: [email protected].
“When we learned about the Trail of Tears, we learned about the Native American experience from the perspective of atrocities they experienced rather than the flourishing culture they represent.”
Who Are the Kaufman Interfaith Leadership Scholars?
Teenagers from the greater Grand Rapids area who provide invaluable leadership, input and direction for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute while gaining greater cross-cultural and interfaith knowledge.
They are the future of interfaith in West Michigan!
What will they do?
The Scholars are working on two projects:
- Addressing Eurocentrism across curriculum in general with a presentation and learning guide for teachers.
- Incorporating youth voices into World Religions/Histories curricula by recording youth reflections on how they practice and experience their tradition.
How Will They do it?
● Trainings- Implicit Bias, Influencer (Social Media), Strengths/Skills assessments, presentation skills, story-telling workshops
● Deepening Networks- Interactions with our community partners, service opportunities
● Lessons and best practices - provided by college professors and experts in their field.
● Coaching and guidance - Geared toward exploring each scholars own passions and interests
● Influencing Kaufman Programs- In addition to personal growth the Leadership Scholars will serve as an advisory council to Kaufman Interfaith Institute and help to guide the Institute forward into the future.
Check out the community initiatives created by our Scholars!