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The future of Xavier's CICE

By Ed Morley
On October 28, 2012

Over the last few weeks, rumors have been going around campus concerning the future of the Center of Interfaith Community Engagement (CICE). The Xavier Newswire sat down with Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott Chadwick to
clarify what exactly is going on with CICE.

  • Xavier Newswire: First, could you clarify the situation with CICE, please? There are rumors that Rabbi Ingber is leaving but apparently this does not hold any truth.
  • Scott Chadwick: We very much appreciate Rabbi Ingber's good work for students, interfaith communities and Xavier. The CICE and Rabbi Ingber are funded through June of 2013. Over the past year, the university has instituted a policy of requiring centers to be fully funded and on good financial ground by the end of the fiscal year. The CICE has run a significant six figure deficit that the University can no longer subsidize.
  • XN: What measures are being taken in order to try and secure the funding for the CICE next year?
  • SC: President Fr. Michael Graham, RS.J., Rabbi Ingber, staff from our University Relations office and I are all intent on matching benefactors of the university to the CICE. While we believe this is an extremely worthy cause, we understand the keen competition for donations to other worthy causes, both within and beyond Xavier.
  • XN: What are the chances that CICE will survive and continue to be engaged on campus, and indeed in the community, next year?
  • SC: We have more than eight months to secure funding for the CICE. Given the good work Rabbi Ingber has done through his own initiative and in collaboration with others, I believe there is a good chance we will be successful. We are committed to interfaith dialogue and community engagement. If we are not able to maintain CICE in its present form I can assure you we will continue to engage people and groups of all faiths, on campus and beyond, through other existing programs and staff. And we will continue to strive to fully fund the important work that an interfaith engagement center does for Xavier, the local community and the world.  

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