April 25, 2012
The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Georgetown's Year-End Symposium
Since last fall Georgetown University has been an active participant in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a White House initiative engaging nearly 400 campuses around the country. This year-end symposium was an opportunity for faculty staff, students, and community partners to celebrate and reflect on their experiences in advancing interfaith engagement around community challenges of poverty and educational opportunity. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, a pioneering organization at the intersection of interfaith dialogue and civic action, gave the keynote address.
Eboo Patel is the founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses, and has dedicated his career to promoting interreligious dialogue and public service. Patel is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation and the forthcoming Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, as well as a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN. He has served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel earned his doctorate at Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship.