Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre offers Postdoctoral Fellowship appointments to exceptional scholars whose research complements and advances the Centre’s mission and program.
Rosa Sevy’s Post-doctoral project
Dr. Rosa Sevy’s postdoctoral research has been focused on exploring best practices for inter-group and inter-religious collaboration. During her appointment, she has been working in two innovative parenting programs for immigrant and established women from diverse faiths and ethno-cultural communities. These projects have been funded by two consecutive Embrace BC grants and a Waldman one.
In these programs, mothers from diverse faith traditions and ethno-cultural communities engage in conversations intended to learn about each other’s cultures, and explore common practices, concerns and challenges in their role as mothers of elementary-aged school children. Through these initiatives, Dr. Sevy has aimed to create a context for promoting respect for differences, cooperation and personal friendships and connections among the participants as they realize that their commonalities as women and mothers transcend faith, cultural or political differences. Most importantly, these initiatives are providing participants with the opportunity to counter prejudices and stereotypes that originate from misinformation and lack of face- to-face encounters with members of other faiths and ethno-cultural communities.
The first interfaith parenting program took place from January to May 2011 and brought together sixteen Jewish, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Buddhist mothers whose countries of origin included Iran, Egypt, Israel, Chile, Argentina, Taiwan, India, United States and Canada. Dr. Sevy is currently working on the implementation of a second program which will be running from November 2011 to March 2012.