Eboo Patel | Founder & CEO, Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel at Drew University, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Eboo Patel at Drew University, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Named by U.S. 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. Patel 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.

Patel 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. Patel 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 10 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 Patel and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and Patel 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.

Read Drew’s story on Patel’s upcoming visit to campus, as well as Patel’s recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, “In Promoting Campus Diversity, Don’t Dismiss Religion.”

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum was established in 1991 and endowed by Dr. Shirley Sugerman G’70, Drew trustee emerita, and other donors. The forum provides a venue for interdisciplinary exchanges between and among scholars, teachers, religious leaders and members of the larger community interested in exploring issues of interfaith understanding, the diversity of religiously based ethical perspectives and the political, social and cultural conflicts caused by the clash of religious traditions.

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