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Loyola University Chicago

Conference on Diversity & Equity 2014

Program & Awards

June 11-13, 2014: Loyola University Chicago... See you soon!

Keynote Speaker: Eboo Patel

Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of the book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and the forthcoming book Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.  He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Eboo serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Advisory Council. He has spoken at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and universities around the world. Eboo is a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world. He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America and was chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch. Both Eboo and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009 and Eboo was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, an award given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace.

Today, Eboo lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz Mansuri, and their two sons.



For a downloadable, transferable, and printable PDF schedule, click the following: 2014 CDE Schedule Draft


Distinguished Program Award

CDE invites you to submit nominations for our Distinguished Program Award. The award is presented annually to a Jesuit institution of higher education for an innovative project which serves to fulfill one or more of CDE’s major objectives, which are to:

• Ensure access of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American students to Jesuit higher education.
• Provide an awareness of challenges faced by students of color and foster the development of strategies to overcome these challenges.
• Enhance the quality of the educational experience for all students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
• Promote the institutionalization of participation by underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in planning, policy formulation and implementation.

A representative from each nominated institution must be available to attend the conference and make a special presentation on the nominated program. Two finalists will be identified by May 3, 2014 and notified of their inclusion in the conference program. 

Click the following for more information on how to nominate!
CDE 2014 Distinguished Program Overview

Each institution may nominate up to three programs or projects.  Projects or programs that have previously received this distinction should not be resubmitted.  Please submit all nominations by April 18, 2014.