IFYC is proud to invest in over 150 faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni in their efforts to build bridges and implement programs that increase dialogue around racial equity and interfaith cooperation. These individuals bring a diverse set of perspectives and experiences to help move interfaith leadership forward in their campuses and communities.  

Below are our 2020-2021 Awardees: 

 

Racial Equity Awardees 

 

Faculty

 

Fall Awardees 

  • Tyler Atkinson, Bethany College, KS, Assistant Professor of Religion 
  • Maeve Callan, Simpson College, Professor of Religion 
  • Rachel Cantave, Skidmore College, Assistant Professor 
  • John Cha, Gustavus Adolphus College, Associate Professor 
  • SJ Crasnow, Rockhurst University, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies 
  • Elissa Cutter, Georgian Court University, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Theology 
  • Jonathan Golden, Drew University, Professor 
  • Matthew Hoffman, Warren Wilson College, Associate Director for Interfaith Initiatives & Instructor of Religious Studies 
  • Lucia Hulsether, Skidmore College, Assistant Professor  
  • Mona Ibrahim, Concordia College, Moorhead, Professor 
  • Kayla Kauffman, Birmingham Southern College, Assistant Professor of Religion 
  • Varun Khanna, Swarthmore College 
  • Jake Kurczek, Loras College, Assistant Professor 
  • Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Associate Professor 
  • Michelle Lelwica, Concordia College, Moorhead, Professor of Religion 
  • Darryl Mace, Cabrini University, Associate Professor and Chair, History and Political Science 
  • John McCormack, Aurora University, Assistant Professor of Religion 
  • Younus Mirza, Shenandoah University, Assistant Professor 
  • Dawn Moore, Martin University, Business Faculty Lead 
  • Lopita Nath, University of the Incarnate Word, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator, Asian Studies 
  • Guy Nave, Luther College, Professor of Religion, Professor 
  • Martell Oliver, Cabrini University, Adjunct Instructor of American Studies 
  • Scott Paeth, DePaul University, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies 
  • Todd Penner, Eckerd College, Visiting Assistant Professor Religious Studies 
  • Prea Persaud, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lecturer 
  • Jennifer Rathbun, Ashland University, Professor 
  • Elizabeth Sartell, Lewis University, Assistant Professor 
  • Sara Shady, Bethel University, MN, Professor of Philosopher 
  • Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth College, Professor of Religious Studies and Executive Director in the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue  
  • John Sheveland, Gonzaga University, Professor 
  • Malia Spofford Xavier, Keuka College, Associate Professor of Spanish and Intercultural Studies 
  • Tanja Stampfl, University of the Incarnate Word, Associate Professor of English 
  • Dheepa Sundaram, University of Denver, Assistant Professor of Hinduism and Hindu Studies 
  • Julie Swanstrom, Augustana University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion 
  • Sana Tayyen, University of Redlands, Visiting Assistant Professor 
  • Nichole Torbitzky, Lindenwood University, Assistant Professor 
  • Michael VanDyke, Cornerstone University, Professor of English & Humanities 
  • Alice Wood, Bethune-Cookman University, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

December Awardees

  • Russ Arnold, Regis University, Associate Professor 
  • Lauren Basson, Cornish College of the Arts, Professor and Director, Department of Humanities and Sciences 
  • Christy Cobb, Wingate University, Assistant Professor of Religion 
  • Tori Lockler, University of South Florida, Senior Instructor,  
  • Kendal Mobley, Johnson C. Smith University, Associate Professor of Religion 
  • Max Mueller, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Assistant Professor 
  • Ami Shah, Pacific Lutheran University, Associate Professor 
  • Naomi Yavneh Klos, Loyola University New Orleans, Professor of Languages and Cultures

Spring Awardees (coming soon! Apply February 1 thru February 25th) 

 

Staff/Administrators 

 

Fall Awardees 

  • Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, Grand Valley State University, Program Coordinator 
  • Royal Baxter, Clayton State University, Associate Director of Campus Life 
  • Geneva Blackmer, Miami University of Ohio, Program Director 
  • Danielle Brooks, Arkansas Tech University, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Christopher Clarke, University of Tampa 
  • Karl Constant, Benedictine University, Assistant Director Student Development 
  • Brooke Deal, Bethany College, WV, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Co-Chair of the Dept of Humanities 
  • Eric Detar, Keuka College, Chaplain and Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement 
  • Emily Egan, Boston College, Campus Minister 
  • Chelsea Garbell, New York University, Associate Director, Global Spiritual Life, Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition 
  • Rebecka Green, Islamic Resource Group, Communications and Engagement Coordinator 
  • Matt Hartley, University of North Florida, Associate Director, Interfaith, Department of Diversity Initiatives 
  • Melanie Hauser, Buena Vista University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry 
  • Joey Haynes, Queens University of Charlotte, University Chaplain 
  • Krista Holland, Luther College, Asst Dir Center for Ethics and Public Engagement 
  • Callista Isabelle, Washington University in Saint Louis, Director for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life 
  • Marinus Iwuchukwu, Duquesne University, Director of Interreligious Studies & Chair, Theology Department 
  • Kristie Johnson, Marian University 
  • Jillian Juni, Syracuse University, Executive Director at Syracuse Hillel 
  • Akua Kankam, Cardinal Stritch University, University Minister,  
  • Simran Kaur, University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate Assistant 
  • Scott Kershner, Susquehanna University, Chaplain 
  • Laura Kline, Bellarmine University, Director of Campus Ministry,  
  • Alex Kress, University of California, Los Angeles, Rabbi 
  • Anna Levin Rosen, University of Chicago, Executive Director of UChicago Hillel 
  • Misty Levingston, University of La Verne, Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Services 
  • Annette McDermott, Mount Holyoke College, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life 
  • Angie Mendoza Luo, University of Southern California, Administrative Assistant II, University of Southern California 
  • Dennis Millan, Holy Family University, Director, Center for Academic Enhancement 
  • Bobbi Miller, Regis University, Professor 
  • Endy Moraes, Fordham University, Director, Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work 
  • Najla Mouchrek, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Program Director, Interfaith Leadership & Holistic Development 
  • Nadia Mullin, Nazareth College, Interfaith Program Specialist 
  • Sharee Myricks, North Park University, Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life 
  • TiAira Neal, Rutgers University, Camden, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Manager 
  • Amy Omi, Dominican University, University Minister 
  • Emiola Oriola, University of Pittsburgh, Program Manager,  
  • Tammy Ortiz, University of Northern Colorado, graduate student 
  • Allison Pelyhes, Elon University, Multifaith Coordinator 
  • Sharon Pitterson-Ogaldez, Penn State Berks, Coordinator of Diversity and International Programs 
  • Andrew Pomerville, Alma College, Chaplain 
  • Sherry Radowitz, Molloy College, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs 
  • Ian Rottenberg, Columbia University, Dean of Religious Life,  
  • Monica Sanford, Rochester Institute of Technology, Asst. Director of Spirituality and Religious Life at RIT 
  • Samantha Sauer, Illinois College, Illinois College Archivist, Curator, Assistant Professor of History 
  • LaTia Sinclair, Georgia State University, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs 
  • Jonathan Stoll, Oregon State University, Director, Community Responsibility and Belonging 
  • Celeste Thomas, Eastern Mennonite University, Director of Multicultural Student Services & Senior Adviser to the President (DEI) 
  • Gloria Urrabazo, Our Lady of the Lake University  
  • Beatrix Weil, Rhodes College, Chaplain 
  • Eunice Williams, State University of New York, Onondaga Community College, Vice President of Curricular & Instructional Support Services/Diversity Services/Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Shane Williamson, Lindenwood University, Associate Vice President, Student Life and Diversity 
  • Gloria Winston-Harris, North Carolina Central University, Director

December Awardees

  • Preeta Banerjee, Tufts University, Hindu Advisor 
  • Kara Baylor, Carthage College, Campus Pastor 
  • Yesenia Caloca, University of the Incarnate Word, Assistant Director, Ettling Ctr. for Civic Leadership & Sustainability  
  • Gail Cantor, Endicott College, Director of Spiritual Life 
  • Katherine (Katie) Low, Mary Baldwin University, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chaplain 
  • Colleen Mclellan, Madonna University, Director of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement 
  • David Schulz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program Coordinator (CRGC) 
  • John Sebastian, Loyola Marymount University, Vice President for Mission and Ministry 
  • Jonathan Stoll, Oregon State University, Director, Community Responsibility and Belonging 
  • Zandra Wagoner, University of La Verne, University Chaplain 
  • Ken Weber, Loyola University New Orleans, University Minister 
  • Beatrix Weil, Rhodes College, Chaplain 
  • Jerrard Wheeler, University of Michigan- Dearborn, Race, Ethnicity, Intercultural, & Intersectional Identities Program Manager 

Spring Awardees (coming soon! Apply February 1 thru February 25th)

 

Alumni  

 

Fall Awardees 

  • Mohammed Baaoum, Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Phd Student,  
  • MacKenzie Bills, The Kenjya-Trusant Group LLC 
  • Armani Brockman  
  • Seth Browner, Engagement Associate, Hillel at Davis and Sacramento,  
  • Nic Cable, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana 
  • Arpan Chokshi, Social Studies Teacher, Hinsdale Disctrict 86 
  • Aurora Cossairt  
  • Meili Criezis, Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security 
  • Sabriya Dobbins, CEO, Project Passport LLC 
  • Lisa Doi, President, JACL Chicago,  
  • Frank Fredericks, Founder of World Faith, World Faith 
  • Shivam Gosai  
  • Elizabeth Hengen, Manager of Development and Strategic Growth 
  • Aamir Hussain, Dermatology Resident Physician, MedStar Health 
  • Ellen Ijebor, New Mexico State University, Research Assistant 
  • Jem Jebbia, PhD Student, Stanford University 
  • Harmeet Kamboj, STM candidate, Union Theological Seminary; dance educator, Moksha Arts,  
  • Alexis Kassim, Rev., United Church of Christ 
  • Tasmiha Khan, Activist, Brighter Dawns 
  • Saaliha Khan, Diversity & Social Justice Advocate,  
  • LaTanya Lane, Principal & Founder, Lane Collaborations 
  • Gilana Levavi  
  • Nadiah Mohajir, Executive Director, HEART Women & Girls 
  • Dazmond Patterson, Executive Director, ACTION 
  • Jacqueline Perez Valencia, CSL Coordinator, Hispanic Heritage Foundation 
  • Amar Peterman, Graduate Student 
  • Afif Rahman, Chief Operating Officer, NuWatt Energy 
  • Alexis Rixner, Coastal Resources Scientist, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana 
  • Monique Roberts, Tenant Organizer & Facilitator,  
  • Seán Rose, Educator and Dialogue Facilitator, Peace United Church of Christ 
  • Bharat Sanders, Medical Student, Medical College of Georgia 
  • J.T. Snipes, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership 
  • Andrew Spector, Co-Founder and Program Director, Tulsa Changemakers 
  • Joshua Stanton, Rabbi, East End Temple 
  • Clare Stern, Director of Children and Youth Ministry, Village Presbyterian Church on Antioch  
  • Jeremy Tibbetts 
  • Aroona Toor 
  • Jasmine Whaley, Regional Field Director, Carolina Federation 

Spring Awardees (coming soon! Apply February 1 thru February 25th)

 

Educator Curriculum Awardees 

 

Fall Awardees 

  • Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, Grand Valley State University, Program coordinator 
  • Brian Birch, Utah Valley University, Director, Religious Studies Program 
  • Kate Blanchard, Alma College, Professor of Religious Studies 
  • Christopher Bobier, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Associate Director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership; Assistant Professor of Philosophy 
  • Danielle Brooks, Arkansas Tech University, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Michael Burns, Loyola University Chicago, Assistant Professor 
  • Jacqueline Bussie, Concordia College, Moorhead, Director, Forum on Faith and Life/Professor of Religion 
  • Elizabeth Candido, Kalamazoo College, College Chaplain 
  • Tracy Davis, Western Illinois University, Professor & CSP Program Coordinator  
  • Brooke Deal, Bethany College, WV, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Co-Chair of the Dept of Humanities 
  • Arminta Fox, Bethany College, KS, Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Varenhorst Center 
  • Todd Green, Luther College, Associate Professor of Religion,  
  • Susan Harper, University of North Texas, Coordinator of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs 
  • Matt Hartley, University of North Florida, Associate Director, Interfaith, Department of Diversity Initiatives 
  • Joey Haynes, Queens University of Charlotte, University Chaplain 
  • Holly Hillgardner, Bethany College, WV, Associate Professor  
  • Martha Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word, Religious Studies professor 
  • Carly Lynch, Santa Clara University, Director of Religious Diversity 
  • Wade Melnick, The Ohio State University, Springboard Ezra Fellow, OSU Hillel 
  • Najla Mouchrek, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Program Director, Interfaith Leadership & Holistic Development  
  • Kim Nguyen, Cornerstone University, Associate Professor of Old Testament 
  • Erin Nourse, Regis University, Assistant Professor 
  • Chris Phillips, Lafayette College, Professor of English 
  • Andrew Pomerville, Alma College, Chaplain  
  • Amy Posner, College of Staten Island-CUNY, Executive Director 
  • JUAN ROJAS, Ohio Wesleyan University, Professor and Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Steven Smith, South Piedmont Community College, Sociology Faculty 
  • Martin Spence, Cornerstone University, Professor of History 
  • Julie Swanstrom, Augustana University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion 
  • Sunita Viswanath, Columbia University, Hindu Religious Life Advisor 
  • Shaila Wadhwani, Marquette University, Graduate Student/Lecturer 
  • Jeffrey Wallace, Gwynedd-Mercy University, Director of Campus Ministry 
  • Beatrix Weil, Rhodes College, Chaplain 
  • Lawrence A. Whitney, Curry College, Associate Lecturer Philosophy and Religion 
  • Zachary Wooten, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Instructor of Leadership Studies 
  • Naomi Yavneh Klos, Loyola University New Orleans, Professor of Languages and Cultures

December Awardees

  • Matthew Bersagel Braley, Viterbo University, Associate Professor, Ethics, Culture and Society 
  • Christy Cobb, Wingate University, Assistant Professor of Religion 
  • Mona Ibrahim, Concordia College, Moorhead, Professor, Psychology 
  • Luke Lavin, Gonzaga University, Director  
  • Leah Milne, University of Indianapolis, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Literature 
  • Dawn Moore, Martin University, Business Faculty Lead 
  • TiAira Neal, Rutgers University, Camden, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Manager 
  • John Rudnick, Thomas More College, Professor, Program Manager, Health Care Management 
  • Zandra Wagoner, University of La Verne, University Chaplain 
  • Nancy Watterson, Cabrini University, Associate Professor of American Studies 
  • Beatrix Weil, Rhodes College, Chaplain 
  • Dave Wright, University of Puget Sound, University Chaplain

Spring Awardees (coming soon! Apply February 1 thru February 25th) 

 

Alumni Starter Awardees

 

Fall Awardees 

  • Salma Ahmed 
  • Anna Robertson 
  • Ahmed Hamed 
  • Evarlyne Ndeti 
  • Alexis Valeriano 
  • Katherine ("Kati") Young 
  • Nicole Wriedt 
  • Kyle Desrosiers 
  • Mia Willis 

Spring Awardees (coming soon! Apply February 1 thru February 25th)