Moral Courage College
We need an antidote to polarization. With populism, climate change, mass migration, artificial intelligence, and other global challenges planting fear into people, we have to stand up for what’s right — without sowing the backlash that comes from shaming and humiliating those who have a different point of view. This takes moral courage, the skill to turn disagreement into engagement and, ultimately, into shared action. Yes, it’s a skill that can be taught.
Moral Courage College teaches this skill to three audiences:
Educators: Certifying teachers of moral courage
We’re developing an online course for certified teachers who want to introduce moral courage to their students. And after completing the online course, educators can deepen their commitment to moral courage by taking an in-person, multi-day, immersive course with Irshad.
Businesses: A different approach to diversity and inclusion
Let’s face it, companies are terrified of inflaming the culture wars at work. But conventional “diversity training” so often plants the seeds of conflict among co-workers. It demoralizes people. And it drains productivity. Moral Courage College offers a different approach to diversity and inclusion — an approach that the renowned sociologist, Jonathan Haidt, has described as “humble, loving, humane, and therefore likely to work for many more people.”
Communities: A global network of moral courage mentors
Moral Courage College is training a global network of moral courage mentors who — as the name suggests — will mentor individuals and groups in their own locales. Mentors might even earn money doing this: Turning caustic polarization into constructive conversation requires skills that the market increasingly values. After graduating from Moral Courage College, mentors will continually be equipped with resources that are produced by the college.
Those who complete their training in moral courage will be awarded a diploma from the Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights at Oxford University, where our founder, Irshad Manji, teaches. Moral Courage College is based in New York. If you want us to come to you — wherever in the world you are — just inquire. Got more questions? Email them to us: [email protected].