Jessica Lott

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Jessica Lott is Interim Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience at Hillel International. Her love of teaching was extended to people of all kinds - from toddlers to seniors, at synagogues and summer camps, on Israel trips, in interfaith dialogue groups and, of course, on college campuses. A deep investment in innovation and pluralism led her to a career in Hillel. She joined Hillel International after serving as the Associate Director for Jewish Life and Learning at University of Maryland Hillel. Previously she worked at the Hillels at the University of Delaware and at Temple University. Jessica is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also holds a bachelors of Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a masters in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from DePaul University in Chicago. Jessica enjoys bike riding, doing crossword puzzles, hosting, and volunteering for local and global social justice organizations. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter.

Janet Cooper Nelson

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Janet Cooper Nelson is Chaplain, Director of the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, and a member of the faculty at Brown University. In addition to her responsibilities at Brown, she serves on the Harvard Divinity School Visiting Committee, the Institutional Research Board for Women and Infants Hospital, and on the Boards of AIDS Project Rhode Island, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Spurwink Institute, among others. She left secondary education to complete a Master of Divinity degree at Harvard where she was also awarded the Hopkins Scholarship and the Billings Prize for preaching. In 1996 she was honored with Harvard Divinity School's Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Distinguished Alumna award. She teaches at the Rhode Island State Adult Correctional Institution, a Medium Security facility, on a regular basis. Her articles in Rhode Island Medicine on the ethics of physician-assisted suicide include "Mistaking the Periphery for the Center", "Through the Looking Glass of Abortion." Her article "It's the Rivets not the Icebergs" published in The Providence Journal examines the ethical structure of managed medical care. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Cooper Nelson also preaches extensively and serves as a consultant to religious and academic organizations. Her articles have appeared in Rhode Island Medicine, The Providence Journal, and Education as Transformation: Reflections on Religious Pluralism, Spirituality and Higher Education. Cooper Nelson holds degrees from Wellesley College, Tufts University, and Harvard University.

Eboo Patel

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Eboo Patel grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he attended Glenbard South High School. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and earned a degree in Sociology. He has a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. His 2007 autobiography, Acts of Faith, details his life and career extensively. In the book, Patel notes that he became interested in religious diversity in college, where he noticed that conversations on multiculturalism and multiple identities did not involve religious identity. After graduating he taught at an alternative education program for high school dropouts in Chicago. As an activist, Patel felt that diversity, service, and faith were important parts of civic life but found no community organization that touched on all three. In response, he developed the idea for the Interfaith Youth Core, formulated through his relationship with Brother Wayne Teasdale and blessed by the Dalai Lama, that would bring young people of different faiths together around service and dialogue. While a student at Oxford, Patel ran numerous interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. He officially founded IFYC in 2002 with a Jewish friend and a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. Patel has spoken at numerous college campuses and conferences across the country. Patel and IFYC partnered with White House officials in developing President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

Stephanie Paulsell

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Stephanie Paulsell joined the faculty of HDS in 2001 as Lecturer on Ministry and was appointed associate dean for ministry studies in 2003. She served in the post of associate dean until 2005, when she was appointed Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies. For the 2007–08 academic year, she was also associate dean for faculty and curricular affairs. Before coming to Harvard, she served as director of ministry studies and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Paulsell studies the points of intersection between intellectual work and spiritual practice, between the academic study of religion and the practices of ministry, and between the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher. She is the author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice and co-editor of The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. Her current research is on Virginia Woolf and religion. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Kameelah Rashad

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Kameelah Rashad is the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn and continues to facilitate discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth. She is also a resource to the wider Penn community and administration on Islam and Muslims. Kameelah is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing stigma associated with mental illness, addiction and trauma in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. Kameelah serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Further, Kameelah is an advisory board member of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) and the Husayn Center for Social Justice, a Muslim-run social services and advocacy center that promotes health and wellness for the residents of Trenton, NJ. Kameelah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She has pursued further graduate education, completing a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and obtaining a post-Masters certificate in Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center. Kameelah is a certified instructor in Adult, Higher Education & Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Paul Raushenbush

Paul Raushenbush currently serves as Senior Vice-President for Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary. He is a writer, editor, and religious activist. From 2009-2015 he was the Executive Editor Of Global Spirituality and Religion for Huffington Post's Religion section, and formerly served as editor of BeliefNet. From 2003-2011, Raushenbush served as Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, and served as President of the Association Of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA) from 2009-2011. He is the co-founder with Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber of PORDIR, The Program of Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. An ordained Baptist minister in the American Baptist tradition, Raushenbush is the great-grandson of 19th-century Baptist cleric and Social Gospel proponent Walter Rauschenbusch, and the great-grandson of the Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis and is related to the philosopher Richard Rorty. He is a graduate of Macalester College and Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is married to the author Brad Gooch, and they have one child Walter Gooch-Raushenbush.

Jeffrey A. Summit

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Jeffrey A. Summit is the Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel at Tufts University and also he serves as Research Professor in the Department of Music. He received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Ph.D. from Tufts University where he studied ethno-musicology. Rabbi Summit has a special interest in the field of oral history. He has taught for four summers has conducted an oral history project with the Jewish community of Annecy, France, for American students, under the auspices of Tufts European Center. Also for three additional summers he has taught a seminar at the Tufts European Center on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism in France. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security he has co-directed a project establishing Muslim/Jewish/Christian dialogues and inter-religious education on five university campuses. He is currently directing the Cummings/Hillel Program on Holocaust and Genocide Education for Tufts University. Being an accomplished musician he has performed for Israeli soldiers during the Yom Kippur War in the Sinai and Golan Heights. The programs initiated through him at Tufts examining ethical perspectives on the role of the university, sexual ethics and the parent/child relationship have received national grants and awards. He was awarded the Musher Publication Prize by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for his book on Jewish music and identity. Rabbi Summit is past-president of the National Hillel Professional Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

Timur R. Yuskaev

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Timur R. Yuskaev is Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam, Co-Editor of The Muslim World journal, and Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy pro-gram at Hartford Seminary. His upcoming book, Speaking Qur’an: the Emergence of an American Sacred Text, examines contemporary written and oral interpretations of the Qur’an. This project highlights his academic interest in religion as lived reality, past and current, which he approaches through the lens of Qur’anic hermeneutics, American Religious History and Memory Studies. In his past professional life, and in between degrees and teaching assignments, Dr. Yuskaev served as Coordinator of Educational Programs and Director of Muslims in New York Civic Life Project at the Interfaith Center of New York.