Doyle Undergraduate Fellows 2017-2018: Call for Applications

September 8, 2017

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs is now accepting applications for the Doyle Undergraduate Fellows Program for 2017-2018. The Doyle Engaging Difference Program brings faculty and students together to foster engagement with difference and the diversity of human experience through scholarship and interreligious/intercultural engagement on campus, in Washington, D.C., and around the world. The Doyle undergraduate fellows explore the broader implications of cultural and religious diversity, organize and participate in events and service projects, and blog regularly for the Berkley Center to build a community of student leaders engaged in academic and outreach work on these issues.

Best Practices for Justice and Peacemaking: The Role of Religion in Community Building 

Open dialogue across cultural and religious lines is becoming increasingly more challenging. The role of religion has emerged as a powerful force for combating discriminatory rhetoric and building strong communities across socioeconomic and cultural differences. This year the Doyle fellows will investigate new ideas and strategies at the local and national level to build bridges through interreligious and intercultural dialogue. 

Students will investigate questions including:

  • What are the successful habits and practices for sustainable justice and peacemaking?
  • In what ways is faith-inspired social justice activism responding to the challenges society is facing now, and planning for the future?
  • How are individuals and organizations on campus and in Washington, D.C. using religion/spirituality/religious discourse and protest to shape and nurture inclusive communities?

Doyle fellows will participate in visits to faith-inspired social justice organizations and religious sites, blog monthly about their experiences, and conduct interviews for publication on the Berkley Center website. Doyle fellows will also read and reflect on several academic articles about justice and the common good. Doyle fellows will attend one mandatory reflection meeting per month during the program with Berkley staff and faculty advisors. 

For more information, visit the Berkley Center website. Interested students should send a 250 word statement of interest, CV, and unofficial transcript to Melody Fox Ahmed by Monday, September 11.

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