2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner Eboo Patel
The 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize was awarded to Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), for his long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the U.S..
View the ceremony and his acceptance speech in the video above.
Dr. Patel founded IFYC in 2002 with the goal of making interfaith cooperation a social norm. Today, IFYC has become the largest interfaith organization in North America, partnering with college campuses to foster and develop institutional cultures of mutual understanding, respect, inclusion, and collaboration. Each year it trains 500 college students to be interfaith leaders and reaches nearly 1,000 college campuses with its messages and programs. Through IFYC, Dr. Patel’s work has advanced interfaith studies as a new academic discipline which is recognized today as a field of study and taught in over 100 colleges. In 2009, he served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and helped launch the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which engages over 500 campuses each year in high-quality, sustainable interfaith work. Dr. Patel has consulted with the White House, U.S. Department of Education, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and many others to share best practices for interfaith programming and cooperation. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.
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