Representatives of more than 200 colleges gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to discuss the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an effort launched by the White House in March to encourage colleges to bring different religious groups on campus together to work on specific issues. The colleges are tackling various problems, including hunger, human trafficking and environmental issues, during the yearlong project, said Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "They don’t have to agree about theology, they don’t have to agree about their different beliefs, but we feel they can agree on issues of service," DuBois said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
Colleges participating include both secular institutions, including Cornell University and American University, state universities, Jewish and Christian colleges and some theological seminaries, as well as community colleges. The White House will recognize some of the best examples after the effort is complete.