The Center for Interfaith Dialogue transitioned from the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry in summer 2023. The goal of the new Center is to provide resources and offer programs for religious and spiritual diversity, identity, literacy, spiritual well-being and engagement among UW-Madison students. The Center educates students about religious pluralism and promotes interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Paying special attention to international and minority students for whom religious identity is particularly important, the Center undertakes initiatives to foster respect and understanding among the different religious communities on campus.

The Center is dedicated to promoting religious identity, dialogue, and understanding. It enhances the University’s capacity to make religion a meaningful diversity category and carries out programs leading to a more inclusive religious climate on campus. It increases our students’ religious literacy as well as their dialogue skills so that they can function effectively as citizens of a religiously diverse world.

The previous Center for Religion and Global Citizenry (CRGC) was established in 2017 after the closing of the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions in June 2016. CRGC’s mission was to increase UW-Madison students’ religious literacy and their facility for communicating across boundaries of faith so that they may function effectively as citizens of a religiously diverse world. It served as a resource for UW-Madison students and the greater Madison community for interfaith programming and discussion. CRGC collaborated with the University Religious Workers on selected projects and was a founding partner of the LOKA Initiative at UW-Madison.

Our Programs

The Interfaith Fellows Program

The Interfaith Fellows Program trains up to 25 undergraduate students to become more knowledgeable about different religious traditions and more skilled at communicating with people from other religious backgrounds.

Interdisciplinary Religion Group

The IRG provides a forum where graduate students and faculty members can workshop research-in-progress, discuss theoretical and practical issues involved in the academic study of religion, and form connections across departments at UW-Madison.

Attendees listen during a Fall 2020 IRG meeting with Vaneesa Cook

The Interfaith Network

The Interfaith Network meets biweekly to discuss local, national, and/or international issues of interest to religious and non-religious students. The group is meant to serve as a bridge between the interfaith fellows and the wider campus community.

IFYC's Interfaith Leadership Institute 2019

The Lubar Institute (2005-2016)

The Lubar Institute created better understanding of the Abrahamic traditions and their interrelationships by encouraging ongoing discussion of these traditions among scholars, members of those traditions, and the general public.


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