The Interreligious Engagement Initiative is a project designed to support a variety
of academic and engagement activities related to the study and practice of religion
in comparative and cross-cultural contexts. Programming supports events and projects
related to religious understanding through academic dialogue and scholarship, and community
engagement through targeted outreach programs. Intercultural understanding is an educational
imperative in higher education and is among the core values of Utah Valley University.
Because religion lies at the heart of cultural identity and relationships, the university
is committed to finding ways to facilitate dialogue across religious and related ideological
As part of UVU's commitment to educating the whole person, the university has prioritized
the effort to shape the university as an inclusive institution, a place in which people
of all faiths, or those choosing no faith,will be welcomed and supported.
The institution is also committed to educating the whole student by providing meaningful
activities that contribute to their physical, academic, social, spiritual, and emotional
well-being. Given the importance of religion in our community and on the national
and international stage, the academy in general, and UVU in particular, has an obligation
to address this fact in an open, healthy, and educationally productive manner. The
university is committed to innovation and leadership in directions appropriate to
our place and institutional profile.