Brandeis

Allison Cornelisse

Allison is the Catholic Campus Minister in the Department of Spiritual and Religious Life at Brandeis University. With a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry and concentration in Education from Boston College, Allison is passionate about how we listen for the movement of God in our lives. Allison’s passion is not only listening for the call of God as we make decisions about the future but also looking back, retrospectively, to make sense of decisions or experiences in the larger journey of life. Allison has a longtime passion for interfaith dialogue and appreciation. Outside of her ministry work, Allison cultivated her passion for environmental stewardship to bring about concrete change. She assisted with the founding of a local, community farm, helped to start a website to encourage elementary aged students to walk to school and participated as a certified food vendor at her town’s farmer’s market.

Liza Stern

Liza was ordained as a Reform Rabbi in 1984, by the Hebrew Union College. For the past 17 years, she has been the Rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chayim, a transdenominational congregation in Cambridge.  A year ago she accepted the opportunity to also serve as Jewish chaplain at Brandeis University. This past fall she became the Acting Director of the Department of Spiritual and Religious Life. In this role, Liza is endeavoring to increase the visibility and impact of the chaplains at Brandeis. In addition to Liza and Allison, they have Muslim, Hindu and Protestant chaplains.  In addition to her professional responsibilities, Liza has a husband, five children (six, if you include her daughter-in-law) and two grandchildren.

Brown

Michelle Dardashti

Michelle serves as the Rabbi of Brown RISD Hillel and Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown.  As a rabbi, Michelle views herself as a leader, teacher and guide and feels privileged to accompany students on their religious/spiritual journeys during their time at Brown.  Daughter of an Iranian hazzan (cantor) and American folk-singer of Eastern European descent, and married to an Australian Jew, Michelle brings to her roles a deep understanding of global Jewry, Jewish music, practice and culture, and a commitment to fostering pluralistic communities.  She was ordained and received a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). She previously served as Director of Community Engagement at Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut, and was the Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan for two years. Before JTS, Michelle lived and worked in Uruguay and Israel.  During her rabbinical school years in Manhattan, she served as Director of Family Programming at Shaare Zedek; educator for Interfaith Community; chaplain at Bellevue Hospital; and rabbi and cantor for JTS's High Holy Day services. Michelle lives in Providence with her husband, two daughters and a son.

Megan O'Brien Crayne

Megan is the Catholic Campus Minister at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.  As an undergraduate she studied Classics at Stanford University, and recently earned a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame.  While at Notre Dame, she was a facilitator of a Restorative Justice circle at a local alternative public high school, working with at-risk students who are often overlooked to build community, share stories, and develop conflict resolution skills; taught an undergraduate service learning course which focused on integrating the principles and implications of Catholic Social Teaching with students’ service placements and own lives of faith; and worked at the Gender Relations Center, primarily with Lean In leaders and LGBTQ students, to help students develop and maintain healthy relationships with God, self, and others.

 

Bucknell

Mouhamadou Diagne

Mouhamadou joined Bucknell University after serving as the Assistant University Chaplain at Columbia University in the City of New York. There, he helped coordinate interfaith programming, providing spiritual care to students of all faith traditions, including Muslim Students. He is also a board member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and a member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC).  Born in Dakar, Senegal, Mouhamadou immigrated to the United States at age 12 with his family. After overcoming initial language challenges, he eventually began succeeding academically and engaging in community service, securing the Posse Foundation Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship to attend Carleton College. While at Carleton, his most significant experience was working as a Chaplain's Associate. The passion of promoting religious understanding through facilitating interfaith dialogue and through creating programs led him to pursue a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He complemented his coursework in Islam and African Religions with involvement in local mosques and Muslim community organizations throughout the Boston/Cambridge area.

Chana Leslie Glazer

Chana Leslie comes to Bucknell from positions as rabbi at three congregations in the eastern US.  She received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). During seminary, she held a series of rabbinical internships in six synagogues in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, two senior care centers, as well as work with three synagogue religious schools and Goucher Hillel of Maryland. Rabbi Glazer also spent two years as an interfaith organizer during her seminary time. She founded Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), a nationally acclaimed organization that brings together seminarians and religion students across Philadelphia for interfaith engagement. She has also volunteered as an interfaith spiritual coach since 2003.  Prior to becoming a rabbi, the New York State native received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and then held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She enjoys photography and art, yoga, current events, hiking and nature, singing and all kinds of music.

Drexel

Isabel DeKoninck

Isabel serves as the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi for Hillel at Drexel University.  Rabbi de Koninck began her career with Hillel as the Advisor to Jewish students at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in 2008.  Prior to beginning her work with college students, Rabbi de Koninck served as the editor of Ritualwell.org and as rabbinic intern at Temple Shir Hadash of Westford, Massachusetts.  A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Rabbi Isabel de Koninck is a 2004 graduate of Brandeis University, and received her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2010 where she additionally completed a graduate certificate in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies. Rabbi de Koninck is also a proud alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and currently serves on the board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.  Rabbi de Koninck's passion for Jewish life starts with the belief that Judaism is a relevant and inspiring framework for engaging the daily opportunities and challenges of today's world.

Abigail Gorman

Abigail is a campus minister for the Drexel Newman Catholic Community at Drexel University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University, where she studied English and Theology. At Saint Joseph’s, she was very involved in campus ministry, service immersion, and honors programs. She also served as a Resident Assistant, providing support, resources, and mentorship to her residents. At Drexel, she works to help students grow in their Catholic faith by fostering space for prayer and community, while walking with them in faith.

Emerson

Harrison Blum (2017)

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Harrison is Director of Religious and Spiritual Life & Campus Chaplain at Emerson College. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Harrison is a Board Certified Chaplain and a Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism. He previously worked as Buddhist Spiritual Advisor and Mindfulness Program Director at Northeastern University, and as a staff chaplain on Franciscan Children's acute adolescent psychiatric unit. His book Dancing with Dharma (McFarland 2016) features 27 contributors from 6 countries writing on the intersections of movement and dance with Western Buddhist practice. Venues at which he has presented on mindfulness equity and Buddhist chaplaincy include Oxford University, Harvard's Medical and Divinity Schools, and the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies. Harrison grew up in downtown Boston, and arrives daily to Emerson via bicycle from Somerville.

Brian Indrelie

Brian serves in a part-time capacity as the Protestant Chaplain at Emerson, serving Christians across a wide spectrum of denominations and traditions. He actively advises the student Christian Fellowship, oversees seasonal programming and retreats, provides spiritual counseling, and collaborates closely with Harrison and the other chaplains on interfaith programming. Outside of Emerson, Brian chairs the theology department and teach full-time at a Christian Preparatory high school in Haverhill. At the school, his major project this year is implementing the AP Capstone program at the school, where they decided to link the AP Seminar class to a comparative religions theme. It's been a great joy for Brian to read through a wide variety of religious texts with high school students while helping them to understand and appreciate other faiths more! At Emerson, at the moment he’s mostly occupied with planning their spring retreat and helping the group transition to new student leadership next fall. Brian has been married to his wife Joy for ten years, and has two daughters aged three and four.

Georgetown

Rachel Gartner

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Rachel is the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life at Georgetown University. A graduate of Barnard College, and of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College just outside of Philadelphia, PA, she was born and raised in New York. Rabbi Gartner finds Georgetown and Washington, D.C. an invigorating and exciting place to be. Before turning her sights on campus work, Rabbi Gartner was a pulpit rabbi for four years, served as a chaplain for Jewish aging and elderly, and was part of a rabbinic team at New York City’s Conservative synagogue Bnai Jeshurun. She is a member of American Jewish World Service First Rabbinic Delegation and serves on the Board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Rabbi Gartner is the co-author of the Moving Tradition’s transdenominational nationally acclaimed, Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing Sourcebook.

Brandon Harris

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Brandon is the Protestant Chaplain to the Law Center and Main Campus of Georgetown University. He is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religion. Rev. Harris studied theology focusing on religion and race and homiletics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology from which he earned a Masters of Divinity with certificates in Baptist Studies and Black Church Studies. Rev. Harris is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Prior to serving at Georgetown Rev. Harris served in campus ministry at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his role at the Law Center he is a Chaplain-In-Residence on Georgetown's Main Campus.

Harvard

Getzel Davis

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Getzel received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbinical School of Hebrew College where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. He works as a rabbi and educator at Harvard Hillel and also as a Harvard University Chaplain, where much of Rabbi Davis’ work is to engage unobservant students. He is also the adviser for the Reform Minyan, teaches regular classes, and counsels students, faculty, and community members. Rabbi Davis is also the founder and executive director of Unorthodox Celebrations, a service that connects unaffiliated Jews with inspiring rabbis and cantors nationwide to facilitate meaningful weddings, bar mitzvahs and baby namings. He is also a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post and received an honorable mention in Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis of 2015 for leading Yom Kippur Services at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. He recently was honored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropy’s Chai in the Hub award for his work with Unorthodox Celebrations. 

Lucy Forster-Smith (2017)

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Lucy is the Sedgwick Chaplain to Harvard University. Before joining Harvard in January 2014, she was Chaplain of the College and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota for 20 years. Prior to that, she served in campus ministry positions at Carroll University, the University of Washington, and Muskingum College. She has Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Her most recent book, Crossing Thresholds: The Making and Remaking of a College Chaplain (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books), was published in 2015. Rev. Dr. Forster-Smith also edited College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses across America (SkyLight Paths Publishing, October 2013), a collection of essays written by chaplains in higher education settings that reveals the powerful ways that chaplains are engaged with religious, spiritual and moral lives of students and the campus community.

Donna Hakimian

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Donna is the Baha’i Representative (Chaplain) at Harvard. She is an educator, human rights advocate, and artist. Donna works to create spaces of interfaith dialogue and understanding, creative collaboration, and cross-disciplinary alliance building. She was previously the representative for gender equality and the advancement of women for the Baha’is of the United States. In that role she worked on a wide range of issues, including the prevention of violence against women, the involvement of men and boys in processes of gender equality, and gender equity in education. Hakimian has facilitated numerous discussions on gender equality with colleagues in Washington, DC; during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; and at leading universities across the United States. Hakimian holds a M.Ed. from Harvard, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University.

Haverford

Sarah Barasch-Hagans

Sarah, currently a student at the Reconstruction Rabbinical College (RRC), comes from a long line of Alabama Jews, but was raised in St. Louis and is proud to call it home. Before moving to Philadelphia to begin her studies at RRC, Sarah lived in New Orleans, where she was a founding member of Jews Pursuing Justice. Sarah is an intern at Ritualwell and the rabbinic intern for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call to Human Rights on their campaign to end mass incarceration. She also works as an adult educator and Bat Mitzvah tutor at Kol Tzedek Synagogue in West Philadelphia. Sarah is married to Graie Barasch-Hagans, an education justice activist.

Walter Sullivan

Walter graduated from Haverford in 1982 with a major in Religion. From 2006 – 2010, Walter served as faculty and Dean of Students at Pendle Hill, a Quaker adult study center in Wallingford, PA. Working for Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), he mentored emergent climate-change activists at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Walter is a trained Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator (AVP), a certified Breema® Bodywork instructor, and leads workshops on spiritual discernment and embodied spirituality. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he has lived and studied in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone. Walter is a member of Green Street Friends Meeting in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Howard

Cecil Duffie

Cecil is Assistant Dean of Religious Life at the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel of Howard University. He earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from Howard University and a degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida.  A promising scholar, his research interests and award-winning publications have been in the areas of feminist and womanist interpretation of Hebrew Bible wisdom literature, spiritual formation at chapels of historically black colleges and universities and college & university black chaplaincy in the 21st Century.  A native of Miami, Florida, Duffie served as a Teach for America corps member there and taught 7th and 8th grade students. Most recently, he was elected to the executive board of the National Association of College and University Chaplains and appointed as the Chairman of the St. John Community Development Corporation Scholarship Fund, which has awarded $80K to deserving Miami youth.  A proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., Duffie was initiated into the Theta Sigma Chapter in 2009. He is a fourth generation member of the St. John Baptist Church in the Overtown area of Miami, Florida.

Nisa Muhammad

Nisa is the Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University.  She is responsible for religious programming, advocates for the religious needs of Muslim students, teaches non academic classes on the Islamic tradition and works closely as part of the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel to foster inter religious dialogue and cooperation.  Mrs. Muhammad organizes Muslim worship and devotion services, counsels and advises students, faculty, staff, and answers a myriad of questions and challenges from race to religion to relationships. She is also the advisor to the Muslim Students Association and the Justice for Juniors Advocates. Mrs. Muhammad is on the boards of the Association of Muslim Chaplains and the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains.  She is the Politics Editor for Sapelo Square, an online resource for Black Muslims.  She is a 2017 graduate of Hartford Seminary, with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies.  Her concentration is in Islamic Studies.  She also has a graduate certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Mrs. Muhammad is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Howard University’s School of Divinity.

Lafayette

Alexandra Hendrickson

Alexandra received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, with a double major in Religious Studies and Judaic Studies. Alex then entered the ordination process in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and received her M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Since her ordination as a Presbyterian Minister of the Word and Sacrament in 2001, she has served as a congregational pastor, a hospice chaplain, and, since 2012, as College Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life at Lafayette College. Alex was a founding board member of Young Clergy Women International, a network of clergywomen ordained before the age of 35, which now has over 1600 members worldwide. In addition to her work with the various religious and spiritual communities on campus, she advises a dynamic group of social justice peer educators and Refugee Action, a chapter of the Every Campus a Refuge movement, which sponsors refugee families in the local community. Rev. Hendrickson is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she is exploring spirituality and faith formation among the “Nones”. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania with her husband, Brett, who is a historian of American Religions, and her three lovely children.

Robert Weiner

Robert received his B.A. from Temple and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers. His special academic interests include Europe, diplomatic history, and Jewish history. He is a five-time recipient of the Student Government Superior Teaching Award, and has also received the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award and the Daniel Golden Faculty Service Award. He describes himself as one who hugs his students and loves his work. He serves as adviser to Hillel, coordinates Jewish religious observances on campus, and serves as a spiritual adviser to the Jewish community at Lafayette.

Maryland

Aderet Drucker

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Aderet is a spiritual leader, entrepreneur, educator & community organizer. She is Co-Director for The Den Collective, creating a Judaism that is relevant, accessible, and deeply rooted in tradition throughout the greater DC area. Prior to this role, she served as Campus Rabbi & Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the University of Maryland Hillel, where she was part of UMD’s Interfaith Chaplaincy and co-founded UMDs Interfaith Student Fellowship. Before moving to Maryland, Rabbi Drucker served as senior rabbi for Congregation B’nai Shalom in Northern California. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a concentration in pastoral care. Rabbi Drucker is a recipient of the Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Rabbis Without Borders Fellowship, CLAL’s CLI fellowship in innovation and RRC’s Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World. She has traveled to Guatemala with American Jewish World Service as a Global Justice Fellow.  Rabbi Drucker loves traveling, spending time by the water, cooking & spontaneous dance parties with her husband and two daughters.

 

Ray Ranker

Ray, campus minister, is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  After college he served in Argentina for a year through a church service program with the ELCA and later served in shorter-term projects on different continents.  He graduated with his master’s degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia before returning to Maryland to serve with Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM). In addition to worship, the campus ministry focuses on providing students with two weekly service opportunities with elementary school children. Short-term experiential-learning programs sponsored by LCM provide opportunities for students to expand their horizons, both domestically and abroad.  Ray has served as a commissioner with the World Council of Churches, in young adult leadership positions with the Lutheran World Federation and National Council of Churches, and in addition to serving as the Lutheran Chaplain at Maryland is currently the Senior Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in College Park.

MIT

Nada El-Alami

Nada has dedicated her time to be at the service of the Muslim community. She has served for over 15 years in leading study circles. During the last 10 years, she has planned and supported faith-oriented programs, such as classes and retreats. Much of her work has been focused on youth and young adults. She has also led educational institutions catering to young Muslims, namely Al Huda Academy in Worcester and Malik Academy in Boston. She has a B. A. in psychology and and M.A. in administration and leadership. She holds an Ijaza (authenticated certificate with direct one-to-one transmission going back to the Prophet Muhammad) in teaching Quranic reading.  Nada's spiritual journey started as a teenager. She found great satisfaction in learning to differentiate between cultural and religious practices. She strongly believes in the kindness and mercy of God, the power of strong brotherly and sisterly bonds, and the need to offer a true glimpse of Islam through dialogue. Nada is very passionate about working with youth, college students and young adults.

Adam Reynolds

Adam studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, even though he meandered out of physics as a vocation, he wasn't able to find his way out of the labyrinthine hallways of MIT. He's still there, serving as MIT's Chaplain for Interfaith Engagement and Spiritual Health. Adam comes from a tradition called Blue Ocean Faith (a recent, quirky expression of Christianity focused on connection and inclusivity). His chief interests as a chaplain are bolstering spiritual health and building bridges of interfaith engagement within the MIT community. He seeks to promote: self-awareness, spiritual exploration, emotional literacy, authenticity and self-care.  Adam is involved with: The Heretic's Club, a community focused on friendship, diversity and supporting each other in the spiritual journey of life through the sharing of spiritual practice and wisdom of various traditions; The Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue, eligiously and spiritually diverse small groups of MIT students who meet weekly to build relationships and interfaith understanding; Shadow Magicians, fosters emotional well-being by promoting tools for vulnerability, authenticity, and self-awareness in a group setting; and Science and Spirituality First-year Seminar—a weekly seminar for first-year MIT students to support them in the transition to college and in finding integration and harmony between their scientific and spiritual selves.

 

Northeastern

Karin Firoza (2017)

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Karin is the Senior Assistant Director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service Executive Staff at Northeastern University. While a student at Wellesley, she was a fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and a campus activist, working to bring faith-inspired students together to engage with social justice on campus. She was the president of Al-Muslimat, the Muslim students’ association. Following graduation, Karin became a resident organizer with Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency. Most recently, Karin was the Community Development Director at Youth LEAD (formerly Interfaith Action), a non-profit organization whose vision is to equip high schoolers with the skills that they need to effectively connect across differences of identity including race, class, and religion. Karin also directed the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), a signature program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries that seeks to mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to work toward a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.  

Alexander Levering Kern

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Alexander currently serves as the first Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University in Boston. He is a Quaker, ecumenical and interfaith leader, widely published poet and writer, educator, and chaplain. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Alex served as Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, and as Protestant chaplain at Brandeis University. Alex co-founded the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) – a peacemaking and leadership program for high school, college, and graduate theological students. As an educator, Alex has served as an adjunct faculty member, speaker, panelist, or consultant at institutions including Harvard Divinity School and Pluralism Project, Brandeis University, Hebrew College, Boston University School of Theology, and Merrimack College’s Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. His writing and organizing work engages issues of contemplative and engaged spirituality, religion and the arts, Quakerism, and the interfaith quest for peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. A product of Quaker education at Guilford College, where he earned his BA in Religious Studies, History, and African-American Studies, Alex also studied at Vassar College, received his MDiv. from Andover Newton Theological School, and a graduate certificate in ecumenism from the Boston Theological Institute.

Samer Naseredden

Samer is a community servant who moved to Boston from Arizona to become the MAS Youth Programs Director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). Samer studied both psychology and family and human development at Arizona State University and is an aspiring counseling psychologist. Upon graduating, he proceeded to work as a youth minister and interfaith coordinator at a local mosque in Arizona. Samer sees a future for himself working in the field of social services and community development. Samer is a proud community organizer with the Muslim American Society (MAS), working to develop thought leaders and dynamic activists. Samer’s passion is in helping others finding theirs, and assisting in people’s journey to God through that passion, thoughtful reflection, comprehensive self-development, and meaningful activism. Samer enjoys working with ambitious young people and seasoning their unbridled passion with unparalleled commitment, consistency, and discipline. Samer feels most himself hanging out with small groups of friends and wearing his signature Nike polo shirts. He is an avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, movie buff, cologne aficionado, fantasy football savant, snack junkie, and lover of idioms.

Sagar Rajpal

Sagar Rajpal

Sagar is originally from Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay), India, and graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management in December 2017. He was engaged with the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) community since 2015 and worked in the capacity of the Operations and Program Associate until graduation. Sagar finds solace in Northeastern’s Sacred Space and loves the CSDS community and so, decided to continue as an Associate. He believes that his religious identity lies between Hinduism and Sikhism, and holds the teachings of Jainism very close to his heart. He loves programming for interfaith events and has helped organize and execute some of the biggest CSDS projects including New England Interfaith Summit (NEISS) with Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, Renew Spirituality and Leadership Retreat, and the World Religions in Greater Boston Alternative Spring Break, among others. In his free time Sagar enjoys reading and cooking. Different illustrations of Hindu epics are his favorite genre in books and robust Indian dishes are his go-to meals.

NYU

Yael Shy

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Yael is the Senior Director of the NYU Global Spiritual Life Center and the NYU 'Of Many' Institute for Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership, as well as the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. She teaches regularly at MNDFL in NYC and is a sought after speaker, teacher, and writer on meditation, interfaith engagement and spirituality. She is the author of the forthcoming book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, November 2017).

NYU/Columbia

Doyeon Park

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Doyeon is the Buddhist chaplain at Columbia University and New York University. Rev. Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. She has served as a minister of the Manhattan Won Buddhist Temple and an associate representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations since 2008. She focuses on creating a sangha (spiritual community) where various individuals and groups can cultivate their inner wisdom and compassion to live with peace and dignity based on the teachings of Won Buddhism. Realizing the interconnectedness of all through her spiritual practice, she is also actively engaged in interfaith dialogue and cooperation to promote mutual understanding and respect among different religions.
Inspired by the Buddhist idea of inner freedom and happiness, Rev. Park started her monastic training in 1998. She graduated from Dept. of Won Buddhism, Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea and earned M.A. of Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She received full ordination in 2007.

Princeton

Vineet Chander

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Vineet is the Coordinator for Hindu Life at Princeton University. He has also served as an adjunct professor, attorney, and communications consultant. His areas of specialty include the Bhakti movement, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Journal of Vaishnava Studies to the George Washington University International Law Review, and he has written regularly for The Huffington Post and beliefnet.com.
As the nation’s first full-time Hindu chaplain and program director, Mr. Chander‘s work with Hindu-American students at one of the world’s premier educational institutions affords him a unique vantage point and powerful experiences from which to draw. His work with the Hindu-American community is also unapologetically autobiographical– he is a second-generation Hindu American, who was born and raised in New York City and discovered his own faith calling in his youth. Mr. Chander earned his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School. He has also studied the theology and praxis of Hinduism’s Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition in a number of traditional ashram settings in both the United States and India. To further his personal and professional development, Mr. Chander is currently pursuing graduate study at Rutgers University in Religion with a concentration in Hindu Studies, under the tutelage of Professor Edwin F. Bryant.  

Matthew C. Weiner

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Matthew is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. He served for ten years as Program Director for the Interfaith Center of New York, where he developed a methodology for engaging religiously diverse communities through civil society, working with over 500 grassroots religious leaders and the New York State Court System, the New York Public Library, Catholic Charities, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the United Nations. Dr. Weiner earned a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and an BA from New York University. He writes about public religion, interfaith and civil society, and engaged Buddhism.

Rutgers

Kaiser Aslam

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Kaiser has been serving as the chaplain of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University since August 2016. He previously served as the Muslim Chaplain at Wesleyan University. Chaplain Aslam has studied various classical Islamic sciences including Arabic, tafseer, hadith, fiqh in his studies within the United States, as well abroad at Markaz Fajr in Cairo, Egypt and Al Amana Center in Oman. Kaiser holds a Masters degree in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations from Hartford Seminary. His thesis is “Islamic Literacy for Undergraduate American Muslims”. In addition to his work at Wesleyan, Chaplain Aslam served as the only Muslim Chaplain at Hartford Hospital and as the youth director at the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center.

David Bryce Yaden

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David serves as a Humanist Chaplain for Rutgers University. He is a research fellow at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center and assistant instructor under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman. He works in collaboration with neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg of Thomas Jefferson University and The Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Pennsylvania. He provides public health education and consulting with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management techniques at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. His research focus is on the psychology and cognitive-neuroscience of the varieties of self-transcendent and spiritual experiences, including potential applications as well as the theoretical and ethical issues resulting from this study.

Swarthmore

Umar Abdul Rahman

Umar is the Muslim Student Advisor for Swarthmore College. He holds a B.A. in International Relations (Middle Eastern Studies focus) and Economics from Lehigh University. After graduation he received a Fulbright Grant and spent the next year in Sana'a, Yemen, conducting research on "The Impact of Marxism on Islamic Thought." Umar subsequently received his J.D. from Temple University's School of Law. Prior to beginning work in religious life and pastoral care, Umar practiced immigration and human rights law, specifically deportation defense, for a number of years in the Philadelphia area. Umar is currently completing an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary. In addition to his present course of study at the seminary, Umar has studied various aspects of the Islamic faith in both traditional and academic settings in the U.S. as well as abroad. He continues independent study of the Islamic tradition focusing much of his attention on Sufism and different approaches to Islamic law. Umar has been an active member of the local Muslim community and was one of the founders of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization.

Michael Ramberg

Michael holds a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College—further proof that your liberal arts major doesn’t determine your future work. After college he received a Fulbright fellowship to live and study in Peru. Michael was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2012. Before coming to Swarthmore he worked as College Rabbi and Hillel Director at Ursinus College. When he's not at Swarthmore Michael serves as co-chair of the board of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an interfaith, immigrant-led movement for justice and dignity for immigrants, spends time with his family and, when he's lucky, gets to play soccer.

Temple

Quaiser Abdullah

Quaiser is the Assistant Professor of Adult & Organizational Development in the College of Education at Temple University. He teaches undergraduate courses on Leadership and Communication, Research Methods and Organizational Communication, Conflict and Classroom Management, the Field Practicum course in the AOD department. Quaiser also taught the Cyberspace and Society course (and its predecessors) in the College of Science and Technology for over 10 years.  Quaiser earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Religion, with a minor in Asian Studies. He then went on to earn a Masters degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Temple.

Daniel Levitt

Daniel is currently the Executive Director of the Hillel at Temple University: the Edward H. Rosen center for Jewish life in Philadelphia. Daniel is originally from West Orange, New Jersey. Since receiving ordination, Daniel has served as assistant Rabbi of Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville, Tennessee, summer Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Achim in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, and Hillel Director and OU Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on campus educator at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Daniel lives Bala Cynwyd, PA, with his wife Naomi and their four children (Yonah, Leah, Atira, Yair).

Tufts

Lynn Cooper

Lynn Cooper

Lynn was appointed Catholic Chaplain at Tufts in 2008. She seeks to serve those who are united in Catholic life and worship, those who are attracted to the Catholic faith, and the larger Tufts community. Pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, retreats, study groups, and prayer groups extend this ministry throughout the university community. Lynn also welcomes opportunities to participate in the academic study of religion and exploration of ethical issues at Tufts. Lynn holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry at Boston University School of Theology. At BU, Lynn is exploring how the Catholic religious imagination and sacramental living might help break open the demands of university life. She’s also passionate about technology use (techno-hygiene) and how our devices may be better utilized as doorways to the sacred. Her spouse, Andrew, is a Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain. Together they delight in their little tyke, Rory. If becoming a mom has taught her anything it is that spirituality can thrive in the mucky, messy and mundane.

 

Celene Ibrahim

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Celene is the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University and has served on the faculties of Andover Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, Hartford Seminary, Boston Islamic Seminary, Episcopal Divinity School, and Merrimack College. She lectures frequently at cultural, civic, and educational institutions across the United States and holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from Brandeis University, a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University with highest honors. She is widely published on academic and popular forums, sits on several non-profit boards, and is the recipient of many awards, honors, and fellowships. Her work can be accessed at Celeneibrahim.org

Greg McGonigle

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Greg is the University Chaplain at Tufts University and an ordained minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association—a religious tradition rooted in Judaism and Christianity that honors spiritual insights from many sources and promotes progressive principles of personal ethics and social justice. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Brown University. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Boston University School of Theology. Before coming to Tufts, Reverend McGonigle served as Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oberlin College. Before that, Reverend McGonigle was a campus minister for four years at the University of California at Davis. He has also served as a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Boston Living Center—a community resource center for people with HIV/AIDS. At Tufts, Reverend McGonigle serves on the university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and the President’s Mental Health Task Force.

Priya Rakkhit

Priya Rakkhit

Priya is the Buddhist chaplain at Tufts and has been there since 2016. He is originally from Chittagong, Bangladesh and received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2017.  Priya has been leading mindfulness meditation sessions and guides dharma discussions after the sessions, reading important Buddhist texts in a group.  Priya also helps with the organization and celebration of special Buddhist religious events, and guides Buddhist Pali chanting on different occasions. Among his other activities are leading retreats and providing pastoral care to the community.  He has been living as a Buddhist monastic since 2003, and has travelled widely to pursue the academic study of Buddhism. Priya earned his BA in Buddhism in Thailand and a master’s degree in Buddhist studies from the University of Hong Kong. He is also interested in learning about and from other spiritual traditions and philosophies that expound on harmonious living.

UMass, Dartmouth

Jacqueline Satlow

Jacqueline is Director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Jewish Culture Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She teaches in the Religious Studies program of the university, serves as Jewish Chaplain and does Jewish and Interfaith programming on campus. She also oversees all of the religious groups on campus. She is ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is also a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband (Michael Satlow) and son Jeremy. Two other children, Penina and Dani, are away at college. In her free time she loves to run, read fiction and work with clay.

Beth-Anne Vieira

Beth-Anne is the Assistant Director of Health Services for Health Education & Promotion at UMass Dartmouth. She directs LiveWell: Office of Health Education, Promotion, & Wellness. Her work focuses primarily on alcohol and other drug prevention, sexual health, and mental health promotion. She is also working to build supports for students in recovery from substance use disorders. Beth-Anne's professional areas of interest include: social justice and its relationship to health care access, delivery, quality and outcomes; comprehensive sex and sexuality education; mental health promotion and suicide prevention; and women's health. Beth-Anne received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, and Women's Studies from Lehigh University and her Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University. She joined the UMass Dartmouth community in 2004 as the Health Educator. Beth-Anne has been strongly influenced by her volunteer work at various non-profit organizations, including: Planned Parenthood, Boston G.L.A.S.S. (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services), F.I.N.E.X. House (a shelter for women and children escaping abuse), and Fenway Community Health.  In her free time, Beth-Anne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, raising her feminist sons, reading, writing, and baking. She identifies as Unitarian Universalist.

 

University of Pennsylvania

Patricia Anton

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Patricia is the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. She has come into chaplaincy with a background of working with Muslim, interfaith, academic and peace-building institutions, including: the International Interfaith Peace Corps, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Relief, Pillars of Peace, and American University, among others. Ms. Anton’s studies and work have taken her to Egypt, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, the UAE, Yemen and Senegal. She received her BA in International Relations from the Ohio State University, MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, A Graduate Fellowship in Non-Profit Management and Governance from Indiana University, additional graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and currently is completing a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy with Hartford Seminary.

Charles "Chaz" Howard

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Chaz is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Prior to his return to Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts Quarterly, Black Theology: An International Journal, Daily Good, Urban Cusp, Sojourners Magazine, Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, and Slate.  Rev. Howard is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, which explored new ways of considering homelessness and poverty, The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection and Lenten Devotional, Black Theology as Mass Movement, a call to theologians to expand the reach of their theological work, and Pond River Ocean Rain, a small book about going deeper with a big God. Rev. Howard has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Graduate School of Education at Penn, as well as at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He sees his vocational calling to be to work for a communal increase in joy, peace, justice and love.

Vassar

Elizabeth Aeschlimann

Liz is the Rose and Irving Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life and Assistant Director for Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar. Prior to beginning her role at Vassar, she worked as Associate Director of United Interfaith Action in Southeastern Massachusetts and served as a leader in independent Jewish communities in Boston.  Liz received her Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, interviewing organizers and activists across the country for her thesis on the role of spirituality in social change.

 

 

Samuel Speers

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Sam is the director of the Religious and Spiritual Life Office at Vassar College. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he is project director of “Secularity and the Liberal Arts,” a Teagle Foundation consortia among Bucknell University, Macalester College, Vassar College and Williams College. Rev. Speers received his Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago and his Doctor of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Nora Zaki

Nora Zaki

Nora joined the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in January, 2019 as Vassar’s Advisor for Muslim Student Life.  She oversees Muslim prayer services every Friday and planned services and events associated with the Ramadan observance.  Born in Toledo, OH and raised in Tampa, FL, Nora grew up in an interfaith culture that compelled her to think about her spiritual identity from an early age.  She feels her calling is working in an academic environment that values introspection and social responsibility.  Nora earned a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic, Religion, and Political Science at the University of Florida and a Masters in Divinity from The University of Chicago in 2017. She served as a chaplain at Dominican University in Chicago, was a volunteer chaplain at the Cook County (IL) Jail, and worked as a chaplain at Tampa General Hospital.  Nora is also the Muslim chaplain at Bard College.

 

Villanova

Asheq Fazlullah

Asheq serves as a Public Speaker for the Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau, the local affiliate of the Islamic Networks Groups (ING). In this capacity he delivers presentations informing fellow Americans regarding Islam and Muslim Americans at faith groups, schools, universities, senior centers, law enforcement and local civic organizations, across the Greater Delaware Valley region.

Additionally, he works with Campus Ministry at Villanova University helping support Muslims life and Interfaith activities on campus. He rotates as a Friday congregational prayer service leader at Villanova University and Swarthmore College.

Asheq serves on the board of MuslimsServe.org, a non-profit service organization in Philadelphia serving over 2000 meals a month to those in a state of homelessness and food insecurity. The meals are distributed across 12 sites in Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, Norristown, PA and Chester, PA.

 

Julie Sheetz

Julie serves as Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach at Villanova University. She is the first Protestant campus minister at Villanova, with a special focus on interfaith dialogue and outreach to students of diverse religious backgrounds, as well as those who are nonreligious. Julie also teaches a graduate course on Intercultural Competencies for Ministry, serves as a facilitator with Villanova’s Intergroup Relations program and is a mentor to a freshman Global Citizenship Learning Community. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2014, she served as Director of Programs for the Dialogue Institute at Temple University, where she designed and shared leadership for 5-week programs on religious diversity in the U.S., for groups of undergraduate students from the Middle East and from Southeast Asia.  Julie graduated from Earlham College, has master’s degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School, and holds a PhD in Religion and Society from Temple University. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and has served as a pastor in churches in upstate New York, New Jersey, and suburban Philadelphia.

Wellesley

Dena Bodian

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Dena Bodian serves as Jewish chaplain and campus rabbi within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley. As an authentic Jewish teacher and experienced interfaith chaplain, Dena is dedicated to building Jewish community through meaningful conversations, collaborative ventures, and innovative approaches to religious life. Dena works with colleagues across campus to create thoughtful spiritual-life programming, foster student wellness, and nurture inclusive excellence with students of all religious and nonreligious traditions.  Prior to coming to Wellesley, she spent seven years at Colgate University advising the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and atheist student groups as the associate university chaplain and director of Jewish life. While there, she led Jewish programming and participated in broader campus-wide initiatives, including Inter-Group Dialogue, the Yes Means Yes campaign, and faculty reading groups, as well as spearheaded the research, writing, and publication of a volume on the history of Jews at Colgate, marking the university’s bicentennial celebration. In addition to serving as a past president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, Dena has also supported the spiritual life of local Jewish communities in her role as rabbi. Rabbi Bodian received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, Ill., and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bryn Mawr College.

Shrestha Singh

Shrestha hails from Fremont, California. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she was raised in a multicultural and multifaith community and spent much of her childhood between two worlds, navigating her dual identities as Indian and American. She brings this creative tension and her passion for being of service to others to her work of providing spiritual care to students. Shrestha graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in global health and journalistic writing and received her masters degree from Harvard Divinity School. In college, her love of stories and growing consciousness of social inequality led her to leave her pre-med track and explore other routes to being a part of serving and healing the world. She ended up working at a mental health center, then on a farm, and then landed in divinity school. She has been involved in racial justice work throughout the years and is particularly interested in that intersection between the "inner" spiritual life and the work of engaging in the sacred and beautiful mess that is community and the "outer" world. She is passionate about mental health, talking about gender, race, and sexuality, and working with folks to navigate issues of identity and faith. She loves hiking, writing, and her sweet pit bull mixes Clooney and Scout.

Yale

Sharon Kugler (2017)

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Sharon became the seventh University Chaplain to Yale in July of 2007. She came to New Haven from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she had served as the University Chaplain since 1993. Ms. Kugler has over two decades of experience in ministry in higher education, interfaith collaboration, pastoral and social ministry. Her main focus at Yale is to further cultivate a chaplaincy for students, faculty and staff which defines itself by serving the needs of the richly diverse religious and spiritual traditions on campus allowing for deeper dialogue, increased accessibility, personal growth, creative educational opportunities and pastoral leadership. She holds the appointment of Lecturer of Inter-Religious Engagement and Chaplaincy at the Yale Divinity School and is a contributing author to the recently published College & University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses across America. She is the first woman, first lay-person and first Roman Catholic to hold this position at Yale. Sharon is the past president of both the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chaplains in Higher Education (IACHE). Ms. Kugler received her Masters degree from Georgetown University and is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology.

Maytal Saltiel

Maytal has been working in the Chaplain’s Office since 2013. Her work is primarily focused around interreligious dialogue, pastoral care, working with smaller religious groups, helping students develop their own faith and sense of meaning, and helping everyone breathe a little deeper.  She works with the InterFaith Forum at Yale (IFFY), Chaplain’s Office Peer Liaisons, Chaplaincy Fellows, the Yale Sangha, Feasting on Faith, Study Breaks and W{holy} Queer. Prior to coming to Yale, Maytal worked as the Repair the World Coordinator at Penn Hillel, connecting students to service opportunities, encouraging conversations around social justice issues and teaching on the Jewish responsibility of service. She earned her MDiv degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2012, interning at Brown University’s Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life. She has also worked as the programming coordinator at the Interfaith Center at Johns Hopkins University and a 4th grade Special Education teacher. Maytal also serves on the board of ACURA (the Association of College and University Religious Affiliates). She can be found taking long walks around New Haven and enjoying its delicious food options with her family.

Asha Shipman

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Asha, the Director of Hindu Life at Yale University, has a BA in Biology and English from Mount Holyoke College as well as an MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Her dissertation fieldwork examined marriage norms in Bangalore, India and found some significant differences in expectations among unmarried workers at American companies versus their counterparts in non-globalized occupations. Asha’s research interests include religiosity among Asian Indians in the US, human mate selection and medical anthropology. She is an experienced educator, having taught for almost 20 years at the high school, college and university levels. Asha grew up among Connecticut’s Hindu community. She has spent most of her life witnessing and participating in the development of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society. Her foremost contribution to the Temple Society was co-founding the Hindu Sunday School for children grades K–12.