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It helps a new generation of leaders better understand the often-underestimated role of world religions in public life. Whether one is religious or not, well-educated leaders in today’s world need a measure of religious fluency, with experience and knowledge in inter-religious dialogue and understanding. Tanenbaum Inter-Religious Peace Fellows have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the creative role inter-religious engagement plays in a wide variety of fields—including community development, community organizing, conflict resolution and peacemaking, education, health care, social advocacy, and more. Tanenbaum Fellows are expected to work with a project or an organization that engages two or more religious traditions, one of which may be—but does not need to be—their own. This opportunity may be of interest—and is open—to students of all majors.

Summer Fellows  Students have received stipends to spend a summer abroad working for an organization—religious or secular—that focuses on inter-religious engagement as an agent for peacemaking and social change.

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The Tanenbaum Inter-Religous Peace Fellows Program is established in memory of Sidonie Bennett. The program has been made possible thanks to a gift to Vassar College from Sidonie Bennett's daughter, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett '67, President and Founder of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, via the Polonsky Foundation.