Mount Union Religious Studies Awarded $6,000 in Grants

August 21, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Office of the Chaplain were recently awarded two grants totaling $6,000 from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).

Dr. Susan Haddox, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in collaboration with the colleagues in the department and chaplain’s office, wrote the grants proposals in order to receive assistance in broadening Mount Union’s interfaith understanding.

The first grant is approximately $2,000 and is student-focused. The money awarded from that grant will go toward four dinners for students and invited guests. The goal of these dinners is to build a foundation for the new Interfaith Alliance student group on Mount Union’s campus. One dinner already took place earlier this year, with dinners scheduled for September, October and December.

The second grant is for $4,000 and is geared toward educating faculty and staff campus-wide about creating a welcoming environment across campus for all backgrounds of faith.

The grant money will fund 8-10 “Lunch and Learn” events across campus. The intent will be for each campus department to explore how their skills and leadership can be translated into success for interfaith initiatives. The hope is to eventually form an Interfaith Committee made up of Mount Union faculty and staff.

Additional money from the second grant will go toward funding student projects in two different classes taught by Haddox and Johnson. “This grant provides an exciting opportunity for students to design events to engage fellow students across the campus in interfaith initiatives,” Haddox said.

The Interfaith Youth Core is made up of students from diverse backgrounds of faiths and traditions who work together to advance interfaith leadership and cooperation. For more information on IFYC, visit

For more information on Mount Union’s religious studies major, visit


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