The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism in the U.S. will explore U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. Topics will include, but are not limited to, early religious traditions in the United States; the separation of church and state; immigration and the introduction of new religions in the United States; protection and representation of minority groups and religions; and interfaith dialogue and cooperation in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Participants will meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths that advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups. Participants also will examine the leadership role that religious officials play in their own societies and develop ideas for how they can work with leaders, of similar or different faiths, to bring about positive social change.
The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the U.S. will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, assignments, and lectures. Educational travel, local site visits, and volunteer opportunities will complement the coursework and classroom activities. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic travel component of approximately one week. The Institute will be held from January 14 – February 21, 2012.
For information regarding on last year’s program, please visit: http://institute.jesdialogue.org/programs/study_of_the_us_instituteson_religious_pluralism/winter_2011/
Specific Required Qualifications:
The participants are expected to be highly motivated and exemplary undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. While all candidates will have a strong interest in religious pluralism, their fields of study might vary and can include disciplines such as Anthropology, Government, History, International Affairs, Law, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.
– be 25 years of age or younger; – have strong English language skills; – have at least one semester remaining when they return from the program and be committed to returning to their home universities following completion of their Institute program; – demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities; – indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States; – have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations; – have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities; – have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country; – be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive; – be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel program; and, – be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.
All candidates must submit a complete nomination sheet according to the attached format. Sending a CV alone is not adequate.
Please return completed nomination sheet and justification electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 30, 2011. S