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We live in an era where xenophobia, Islamophobia, and dangerous "Othering" is gaining ground in our communities. If anthropology's purpose still is, as Ruth Benedict once said, "to make the world safe for human differences," it is more important now than ever for colleges and universitites to provide our students with the necessary tools to do so." This research report provides an overview of the grass-roots USU Interfaith Initiative, its' origins, development, and "pros" and "cons" of a bottom-up approach to this campus-wide initiative.

This paper tells the story of how undergraduate researchers at Utah State University became involved in a campus-climate research project that led to the initation of the Utah State University Interfaith Initiative.

USU is participating in the national Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (co-sponsored by Interfaith Youth Core and North Carolina State University. We are one of more than 100 campuses participating. View the first year report here.

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