Better Together Learning Community

Better Together BU Members

  • BTBU Members actively participate in our weekly meetings to plan, organize, and implement civic and interfaith events on campus and in the community

Advisory Board

  • The Board is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members who meet once every month

Staff Associates

  • Watch Of Many film
  • Listen to our Good Neighbear podcast (also on iTunes)
  • Incorporate tenets of Cultural and Religious Humility into your departmental programs
  • Develop programs around Principles of Inter(active)-faith Engagement
  • Read brief article by Eboo Patel: Religious Diversity and Cooperation on Campus
  • Actively include civic and religious/interfaith literacy skills as part of the goals and outcomes for your events or programs – use these Resources!
    • Example: “As a result of this experience, students will be able to articulate a story of positive interaction with someone of a different religious/philosophical community.”
  • Consult with Sharyl and Josh (as needed) when incorporating these concepts and ideas into your events and programs
  • Submit an informal Evaluation Report describing the results of one of your programs in which you attempted to incorporate these concepts and principles

Faculty Associates

  • Watch Of Many film
  • Listen to our Good Neighbear podcast (also on iTunes)
  • Incorporate tenets of Cultural and Religious Humility into your classroom
  • Develop a teaching philosophy around Principles of Inter(active)-faith Engagement
  • Read two or more articles in “Theory and Pedagogy
  • Actively teach civic and religious/interfaith literacy skills in the classroom and include one interfaith learning outcome in your syllabus.
    • Example: “As a result of this course, students will be able to articulate a story of positive interaction with someone of a different religious/philosophical community.”
    • Example: “Ethical integration of faith and practice.”
  • Submit an informal Evaluation Report describing the results of one of your programs in which you attempted to incorporate these concepts and principles
  • Meet with one of our faculty partners who co-teaches the Civic and Interfaith Studies course sequence
    • Dr. Josh Ritter, Spirituality and Public Life
    • Dr. Holly Oxhandler, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
    • Dr. Mike Whitenton, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

Faculty Fellows

  • Serve on Better Together BU Advisory Board
  • Aid in implementing inter(active)-faith events and programs on campus and/or in the community and collect data from those events for research
  • Actively engage in research regarding models of civic and interfaith engagement, religious/interfaith literacy, and/or civic literacy related to religious identity