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  • The Boniuk Institute advances its mission through a number of initiatives that foster religious literacy, respect, and mutual understanding. As a part of Rice University, and in line with its mission, the Institute neither engages in partisan politics nor serves as a rapid response entity.

    It serves as a resource to campus community members of all faiths and no faith. The Institute enables cutting-edge research on religious tolerance and the conditions that enable or deter its embodiment across time and geography. Drawing upon research findings, our organization promotes religious understanding and pluralistic engagement through education, and service opportunities for diverse individuals to learn from one another and to work together to leave the world improved. Replacing ignorance with knowledge, and fear with hope, enables people who differ in faith and philosophical belief to understand and respect one another as members of our shared humanity. Boniuk leadership advise and train government and civil society leaders, and have garnered international recognition for their efforts in advancing religious tolerance. 

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  • Receiving Recognition

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    The Boniuk Institute, its staff, and benefactor and founder have been widely recognized for their work promoting religious understanding and pluralistic engagement.


    Read more about Boniuk Institute in the news.

  • Announcements & Events

    March 29, 2017
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Women's Leadership Series: Women's Education and Empowerment with Keynote Cherie Blair

    April 9, 2017
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    (Church & Society Series) Let Them Be Heard: Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery

    April 27, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    The Social is Spiritual: Beyond the Critique of Tolerance

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  • Encouraging Tolerance Through Education


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    Boniuk Institute maintains a comprehensive collection of resources addressing religious diversity and tolerance in America and around the world.  Resources for youth and adults are available on a variety of subjects and formats from organizational listings and curricula to video documentaries, calendars, books and journal articles.


    Explore the Religious Tolerance Resource Guide online.

  • Rice Reaffirms Its Commitment to Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity

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    "[O]ur students, from wherever they come and whatever their citizen or immigrant status, deserve our support when it comes to being able to pursue their education at Rice.  Our commitment equally extends to faculty, researchers and staff in support of their ability to do their work and research at Rice and around the globe."

                                                                         - Rice University President David W. Leebron


    Read the full version of President Leebron's message online.