When working with students from around the world and students from different cultures, religion will have a different impact on different student’s lives. According to NAFSA, it is imperative as an international educator to:
- advance diversity in our communities and on our campuses;
- make us a more welcoming and inclusive United States;
- ensure every U.S. college student benefits from global learning; and
- create a participatory democracy for all Americans.
Information about diversity sometimes inadvertently does not feature religion, which is an important aspect of many people’s cultures, even if someone is not religious.
- Interfaith – involving persons of different religious faiths
- Religion – a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
- Spiritual – of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
- Worldview – a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint
- Cult – formal religious veneration; great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work
- Religious Leader – leader of a religious order
- Spiritual Leader – a leader in religious or sacred affairs
- Interfaith Leader – people who create and foster opportunities for positive knowledge and opportunities for engagement move others around the interfaith triangle and lead to a community marked by pluralism
- Diversity – the condition of having or being composed of differing elements
- Pluralism – a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization
- Extreme(ist) – exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected
First Amendment: What does it really say about religion? The Establishment/Religion Clause in the United States Constitution’s First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The term “separation of church ...
In all these situations, the best way to achieve success is to educate others about different religious practices. Empower students to speak to religious life staff and other faculty and staff who may be unaware of the importance of their ...
Be educated and knowledgeable about religions, interfaith, and nonreligious worldviews. You are not expected to know everything. Be aware that you will be constantly learning new information about religion and aspects of religion. Have an open dialogue and engagement ...