The Interfaith Cooperation Committee (ICC) was established in Fall 2014. This advisory committee was created following a key recommendation of the Campus Interfaith Climate Survey sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).
Chaired by Rita George Tvrtkovic, Associate Professor of Theology, the committee includes faculty and staff from a wide range of religions on campus, including a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jew, Atheist/Humanist, and Christians of several different denominations. The committee meets on an ad hoc basis to help the university better live out its Benedictine value of hospitality. Some projects we've worked on over the years include creating the Interfaith Prayer Room in Kindlon Hall, helping Campus Ministry with its website and religious calendar/holiday emails, and reviving the Interfaith Hooding Ceremony (a tradition from the 1990s).
The ICC mission statement: "Benedictine University is rooted in its Catholic, Benedictine Heritage; celebrates all faiths; and is on a journey together. We live this tradition daily."
Rita George Tvrtkovich, Associate Professor, Theology, Chair
Zubair Amir, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and Professor, Theology
Manmohan Kaur, Professor, Mathematics
Elizabeth Kubek, Professor, English Language and Literature
Carrie Ankeny, Director, Campus Ministry
Jayashree Sarathy, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Anne Marie Smith, Writing Learning Specialist
Monica Tischler, Professor, Biological Sciences