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Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI)

A Fellowship Program for Undergraduate Students

Sponsor: 

The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College

 

Partner Institutions: 

Bentley University, Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Wellesley College

 

Overview: 

The Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI) program is designed for outstanding undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to interreligious and cross-cultural engagement on their respective campuses. This fellowship provides participants with the opportunity to engage with peers from other schools in, a structured program of dialogue, study, and leadership development.

 

Program Goals:                                                    

  • Train fellows in the theory and practice of interreligious leadership, using best practices from participating schools and leading intellectuals and practitioners
  • Provide interreligious student leaders with a wider network of colleagues and mentors
  • Assist fellows in planning meaningful programming for the wider undergraduate student community of New England
  • Encourage participants to continue to serve as interreligious leaders on their campuses and beyond
  • Develop greater collegiality among religious and spiritual life professionals on local campuses

 

Program Structure

  • Opening Fellowship Orientation (Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2018, at Hebrew College)
  • Six In-person Meetings (Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel)
    • October 9, 2018
    • November 13, 2018
    • December 4, 2018
    • January 22, 2019
    • February 12, 2019
    • April 2, 2019
  • Two Conference Calls
  • Winter Community Event (at Brown University)
  • Spring Community Retreat (Saturday evening, Sunday, February 23-24, 2019, at the Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange)
  • 2 Blog Posts or 1 Podcast (with a partner)

 

Content Areas:

  • Interreligious Literacy (with a focus on leadership models and challenges)
  • Intersectional Identity Formation
  • Facilitation of Courageous Conversations
  • Coalition Building
  • Program Design & Implementation
  • Public Voice: Speaking & Writing on Religion

 

Learning Modalities:

  • Professional Presentations
  • Scenarios & Case Studies
  • Peer Presentations (texts, objects, memories)
  • Group Discussion
  • Reflective Exercises
  • Committee Work (for winter and spring programs)

 

Eligibility: 

This fellowship program is open to outstanding undergraduate leaders from the participating schools with a passion for interreligious and cross-cultural engagement. Religious and spiritual life professionals from the participating schools will nominate 2-3 students. Each student must fill out a brief application form. The Miller Center staff will make final selections of all fellows. Cohorts range in size from 14-16 fellows.

 

Participant Expectations: 

Each participant will actively engage in all of the activities listed above. There will be brief readings to be completed in advance of each in-person meeting. In addition, each participant will also be expected to write two blog posts (750 words, fall and spring) or a podcast (5-15 minutes) on a topic relevant to the fellowship experience as well as contribute to the planning & implementation of the fall and spring student events.  

 

Fellowship Stipends: 

Each participant will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the program, submission of blog posts, and a brief exit interview and written evaluation with the fellowship coordinator.

 

Fellowship Steering Committee:

  • Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain, Harvard University
  • Rev. Kirstin Boswell-Ford, Chaplain to the Institute & Director, Office of Religious Life, MIT
  • Ms. Jessica Chicka, University Chaplain for International Students, Boston University
  • Dr. Celene Ibrahim, Muslim Chaplain, Tufts University
  • Mr. Alexander Levering Kern, Executive Director, Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service, Northeastern University
  • Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, University Chaplain, Tufts University
  • Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of the University, Brown University
  • Rev. Dr. Robin Olson, Director, Spiritual Life, Bentley University
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College
  • Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wellesley College
  • Rev. Dr. Charlene Zuill, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Boston University School of Theology

 

Program Staff: 

  • Mr. Tom Reid, BILI Coordinator & Community Engagement Associate, Miller Center, Hebrew College
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Director, Miller Center, Hebrew College
  • Rev. Soren M. Hessler, Associate Director, Miller Center, Hebrew College
  • Ms. Jessica Chicka, University Chaplain for International Students, Boston University
  • Ms. Phoebe Oler, BILI Almuni/ae Liaison
  • Ms. Marilyn Stern, Administrator, Miller Center, Hebrew College

 

How to apply: 

The 2018-2019 application is now available via: https://goo.gl/forms/A7s4ptpu0c5GCM6C2

Application deadline: 12:00 PM (noon) on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

2018-2019 fellows will be selected by Friday, September 7, 2018.

For further information:

Mr. Tom Reid, BILI Coordinator & Community Engagement Associate, Miller Center, Hebrew College: tom.reid@hebrewcollege.edu

MORE INFORMATION

Rabbi Or Rose
Director
617-559-8636
orose@hebrewcollege.edu

Rev. Soren Hessler
Associate Director
617-559-8816
shessler@hebrewcollege.edu

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