Creating Cohorts

In the past decade, the Carpenter Program has turned its attention to supporting cohort-based relational programs focused on social justice, inclusion, and community activism. The Summer Institute (2010-14, co-sponsored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program) and the Justice Through Engagement Project (2014-2017, supported by the Arcus Foundation) brought students into sustained conversation with seasoned religious leaders. Graduates of both programs have gone on to become significant change makers on LGBTQIA+ justice in a variety of creative ways and in various institutional locations. They continue to credit these programs for equipping them with vital skills, knowledge and confidence. They also credit the projects with giving them the robust network of colleagues necessary for sustaining this work over the long term.

Currently, the Carpenter Program supports the Queer Faith, Policy, and Liberation Cohort for students  and is launching the Courageous Voices in Action Cohort for adults and working professionals during the 2024-2025 academic year.

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