Better Together Days | Interfaith Cooperation

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our frequently asked questions. If we missed something or you want more details, please reach us at students@ifyc.org.  

Q: When is Better Together Days?

A: February 17th-21st.

Q: What’s the best way to get started?

A: There’s no “best” way to get started because every campus comes to interfaith leadership in a different way. We recommend that all campuses first take a moment and assess their resources, then take some time to consider the type of program that would work best within your campus context. Here is a resource with some helpful tips on designing your interfaith program. And here is another for hosting your interfaith program

Q: How can I fund my interfaith program idea? 

A: It depends on what you are looking to do.  

  • If you are hosting a dinner dialogue, you could reach out to local restaurants to see if they are willing to be a sponsor and offer a discounted price or provide the meal for free.  

  • If you are looking to cover the cost of speaker fees, think about the staff or faculty at your school who are connected to certain departments, programs, etc. who can help with finding funds for your trip. They may have a budget to spend on guest speakers. You could also try your Student Activities Office, other Student Clubs or Organizations, or your Student Government. Many of these have program funds to help with the costs of food and other expenses. 

Q: How can I ensure that my event is welcoming to everyone on campus? 

A: The best way to ensure that your event is inclusive is to have a diversity of people help organize the event. Assembling a planning committee with students from different worldviews will help uncover potential barriers before they become an issue. You can also educate yourself on the various religious observances and practices of your peers with this literacy toolkit.  
 
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Q: My campus doesn’t have a lot of diversity. Can we still do Better Together Days?

A: Yes! But we would challenge you to do some digging into the demographics of your campus. Just because a campus appears to lack diversity doesn’t mean that is necessarily the case. Here is a helpful resource to help you reflect and design an interfaith activity based on the characteristics of your campus.

Q: What’s in it for my campus? 

A: Above and beyond increasing the awareness and involvement in interfaith cooperation on your campus, you could also win free 2020 Interfaith Leadership Institute registrations for your campus. See the potential prizes for each type of activity on the home page. You have to tell us what you plan to do and submit a survey after your activity (which we will put up and send out closer to the date) to be entered into the competition. We will judge each submission by the involvement and impact of their Better Together Days activity (and extra consideration will be given to those that submit images and multimedia material with their submission!). 

A PROJECT OF INTERFAITH YOUTH CORE

Better Together Days is a national week of action headed by Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge divides and find common values to build a shared life together. A society where interfaith cooperation is the norm.

Have questions? Email us at students@ifyc.org.