Interfaith Fellows Program

The University of La Verne seeks to be a model institution for interfaith cooperation. The Interfaith Fellows play a crucial role in the University’s interfaith initiative by creating and implementing interfaith programming. The Interfaith Fellows also build relationships with interfaith partners on and off campus, work closely with religious, philosophical, interfaith and multicultural clubs, and develop resources to support interfaith activities and cooperation on campus. Interfaith Fellows carry an important role on campus, advocating for diversity, respect, understanding, social justice, and compassion.

Supervision:The Interfaith Fellow’s primary supervisor is Rev. Zandra Wagoner, Ph.D., University Chaplain.

Perks! What you Get

  • $1000 tuition scholarship (divided over two semesters)
  • Training in Interfaith Leadership, including participation at the Interfaith Leadership Institute on Sept. 27, 2020. This year, because of Covid-19, it will be a virtual one-day conference: https://www.ifyc.org/ili
  • Leadership development
  • Interfaith Fellows shirts and nametag – to identify you as a campus leader
  • Special invitations to University events to represent Interfaith Fellows
  • Community with the other Fellows
  • Networking with local and national partners in Interfaith work
  • Encouragement to explore your own worldview and spiritual development

Requirements: What You Give

  • Summer 2020 Interfaith Leadership Seminar (8 part webinar on Interfaith Leadership), to prepare for your Fellowship. If accepted, you and the other Fellows would be asked to complete this webinar series, which we will discuss at our retreat in mid-August. You can view the course at: https://www.ifyc.org/interfaithleadership/coursemodules. To access, just fill out the required information.
  • Plan and implement at least one event/program/initiative per semester
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • With the other Fellows, plan and implement Interfaith Week (in spring)
  • Assist with teaching your peers about Interfaith Engagement and Cooperation

Position dates/time commitment: August 15, 2020 – May 31, 2021. Each Interfaith Fellow will engage in this experience for an average of 4 hours/week during the academic year. Please note that intense programming weeks will require more than four hours; however, other weeks may have only one hour. Interfaith Fellows will meet for weekly meetings.

Application Instructions: Please submit a resume and a response to the six Application Questions listed below. Please email your resume and responses to the Application Questions to Zandra Wagoner at zwagoner@laverne.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2020.

Application Questions

For each question, please answer fully and completely. Please take note of the word count minimums. You can write as much as you’d like for each question, but you must meet the word count minimums. Please type your responses:

  1. Why are you personally committed to interfaith dialogue and cooperation both at La Verne and in our world? Why do you consider this work valuable, necessary and meaningful? (minimum word count: 250)
  2. Why do you want to be a La Verne Interfaith Scholar? What skills, qualities, gifts and experience do you possess that qualify you for this position? (minimum word count: 250)
  3. What kinds of programs, projects or initiatives would you like to work on as an Interfaith Fellow? (minimum word count: 100)
  4. What experience have you had in the past that involves diversity, inclusivity, and/or interfaith engagement? (minimum word count: 250)
  5. What other obligations will you have for the 2020-21 academic school year (please include employment, club & org involvement, academic workload, etc.)? (no minimum word count)
  6. Interfaith Fellows carry an important role on our campus, advocating for diversity, respect, understanding, social justice, and compassion. Given the importance, we ask that Interfaith Fellows make this role a priority for the 2020-21 academic year, which requires your commitment and energy. If chosen, are you able to make this a priority? If yes, please elaborate. (minimum word count: 100)