Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Values that drive policy debates in Indiana

June 8th a group of graduate students from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs organized a community conversation about values and public policy. Some of the questions they sought to answer:

  • What role do religious and ethical values play in policy-making?
  • What explains the divisiveness of the past legislative session?
  • Is it possible for people with different value systems to cooperate constructively?

Guiding the discussion were three of Indiana’s leading policy-shapers:

David Sklar

David Sklar

  • David Sklar has been the Jewish Community Relations Director of Government Affairs since 2007. David has become a leading advocate on various public policy issues including human service funding, poverty, public education and immigration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center and also serves as a board member or officer of numerous domestic issue coalitions, including three years as President of the statewide Indiana Coalition for Human Services.

Fady Qaddoura

Fady Qaddoura is a PhD student at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. His research interest includes public policy, nonprofit advocacy, strategic philanthropy, social justice, and democracy. Fady currently works as a senior manager for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Fady holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Tim Swarens

Tim Swarens

Tim Swarens has been the opinion editor of The Indianapolis Star since 2003.  Before joining The Star, he was an editor at The Miami Herald.  A graduate of Indiana University, his commentary has been published by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other major publications.  He was the editor on projects that in recent years have won Sigma Delta Chi, National Headliners and Robert F. Kennedy Excellence in Journalism awards.


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