Eboo Patel was the subject of "Eboo Patel Has a Dream," the cover
story, for the May 3, 2013 issue of
The Chronicle of Higher Education.
In the feature, Saint Martin's was included on a map of college
campuses where the book
Acts of Faith has been or will be used for required
During the fall 2013 semester, all first-year students at Saint
Martin's will be reading
Acts of Faith as the common book for First-Year Seminar.
Dr. Patel was also the subject of Visi R. Tilak's
Wall Street Journal
"Eboo Patel: The Interfaith Man." Tilak highlights Dr. Patel's
background and plans for the Interfaith Youth Core.
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About Eboo Patel
Named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World
Report in 2009, Eboo Patel, Ph.D. is the founder and president
of Interfaith Youth Core, a
Chicago-based organization founded on the belief that religion is a
bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is
inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian
heritage and his American citizenship.
Dr. Patel has authored two books,
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle
for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville
Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He has spoken about his vision at
places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative
and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college campuses across the country. Dr. Patel is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post,
USA Today, NPR and CNN.
Dr. Patel is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of
social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world. In
March 2013, he received the Sandor Teszler Award for Moral
Courage and Service to Humanity from Wofford College, selected
for his commitment to courage, justice and understanding. In
2012, Hofstra University awarded Dr. Patel the Guru Nanak
Interfaith Prize, honoring his work using religious dialogue as
a means to minimize conflict and cultivate awareness of faith
traditions. He served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory
Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships and on the Department of Homeland
Security's Faith-based Advisory Council.
Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from
Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. He
earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was during his college years
that Patel first became interested in religions diversity and
found inspiration in the legacy of his "first faith hero,"
Dorothy Day, leader of the Catholic Worker movement.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he embraced the
role of advocate and activist, teaching at an alternative
education program for high school dropouts in Chicago and
founding a cooperative living community for activists and
artists in the city's Uptown neighborhood. As a doctorate
student at Oxford, Dr. Patel organized youth for several
interfaith organizations in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Recognizing the significance of the convergence of faith,
service and diversity, Dr. Patel developed the idea for an
organization that would unite young people of different
religious beliefs around service and dialogue. His idea,
cultivated through his relationship with Brother Wayne Teasdale,
a Catholic monk and social justice advocate, and blessed by the
Dalai Lama, led to the Interfaith Youth Core, which he cofounded
in 2002 with a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
Today, the Interfaith Youth Core is a thriving organization
that inspires and trains college students to build a sustainable
movement of people from all faiths and traditions who are
working together to change the world. Focusing on the science of
interfaith cooperation and the art of interfaith leadership,
these students engage religious diversity, shift the public
narrative on religion from division to pluralism, and empower
students nationwide to build the movement for interfaith
cooperation and become life-long interfaith leaders.
Dr. Patel lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz Mansuri,
and their two sons.