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.