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Administration Officials to Promote Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service at President's Campus Challenge Convening


Contact:  
Sara Gast, (202) 401-1989, sara.gast@ed.gov


Event Date 1: August 03, 2011 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Joshua DuBois, U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Director of the Department's Center of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Brenda Girton-Mitchell, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Robert Velasco, and Interfaith Youth Core President and founder Eboo Patel will address representatives from colleges and universities at President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge convening on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The event is hosted by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Interfaith Youth Core.

The Challenge invites college and university officials from across the country to take the initiative to bring together diverse religious groups on campus for a year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming. The program challenges students and administrators to serve together on projects that strengthen their communities and unite people of diverse religious backgrounds. Community colleges, colleges, universities and theological schools from across the country have accepted the Challenge and many plan to attend the event, which includes sessions at George Washington University and the White House. The convening will give institution officials a chance to learn best practices and build strategic partnerships to make the President's vision for interfaith cooperation a reality on campuses across the country.

Note to editors: Members of the press are asked to pre-set by 2:30 p.m.


Event 1
Who :

Melody Barnes, assistant to the President and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
Joshua DuBois, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education
Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
Robert Velasco, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core

What : Remarks at the plenary session of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Convening
When : 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 3 (pre-set by 2:30 p.m.)
Where :

George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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