Our award-winning team includes chaplains, educators, and international leaders from over twenty faith traditions committed to furthering students’ ability to find their spiritual home at New York University.  

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Interested in reserving space in the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life? Please contact Kimmel Operations. You may also reach their office at 212.998.4900. Global Spiritual Life at NYU does not handle or respond to room reservations.

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Yael Shy, Senior Director
Global Spiritual Life

(212) 998-2266

Yael Shy is Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. She is also the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, one of the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiatives in the country. She is the author of "What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond" (Parallax Press, November, 2017). Yael has been teaching and lecturing on mindfulness, meditation, and multifaith engagement at universities, community centers, and organizations across the globe for the past seven years. In 2010, Yael was named one of the “36 under 36” changemakers transforming the Jewish world by The Jewish Week newspaper. Yael has been published in the Buddhist journal, Inquiring MindsHarvard Business ReviewThe Clinical Journal of Social WorkThe NYU Review of Law and Social ChangeSports Lawyers JournalHuffington Post, and elsewhere. She is an alumna of New York University (CAS) and Northeastern University School of Law.

Mel Carter

Melissa Carter, Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming
Associate Director, Global Spiritual Life; Adjunct Professor, The Silver School of Social Work

(212) 998-4112

Melissa Carter is the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. Melissa’s career began in the hip-hop music business at Violator management. From there she became a digital sales and marketing executive at both Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. After a decade in the industry, Melissa embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. Melissa has served as a meditation teacher, reiki master, intuitive coach and wellness consultant. The last ten years have brought her to 15 different countries as a presenter and workshop leader speaking about the intersection of spirituality, social justice and mindfulness including belonging, self-care, intuitive and emotional intelligence. As a spiritual thought leader, Melissa takes a holistic approach to problem solving. She has a drive to understand how systems work and how they can function more efficiently using mindfulness and grassroots practices. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Silver School of Social Work and is the New York Trauma- Informed facilitator for Connection Coalition. She is a Mama Glow-trained doula. Melissa has been featured in Good Housekeeping magazine and Billboard magazine's "Top 30 Under 30 Executives" as well as various mindfulness blogs and podcasts, including The Naked Podcast and The Trailblazer Podcast.

Chanelle Adams

Chanelle Adams, Facilitation and Engagement Administrator Global Spiritual Life

Chanelle Adams is our new Facilitation and Engagement Administrator at Global Spiritual Life at MindfulNYU. As a multidisciplinary researcher, essayist, translator, editor, and facilitator, Chanelle privileges experience as a way of knowing. During her undergraduate studies at Brown University, she completed the Science Studies program with a self-designed focus in “ecologies of knowledge” and the “how of healing." After serving as Managing Editor at Black Girl Dangerous, she accepted a Fulbright award to research Madagascar plant medicine in French colonial natural history archives while completing a Master’s in Social Science Research at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. 

Her professional practice across contexts of academic, journalism, and healing work always center bridging connections across scales of the body, time, and space. Chanelle’s research, essays, translations, and reviews have recurrently appeared in The Funambulist, NPR, Feministing, and Bitch Media. Chanelle has had the honor to accept invitations to present and collaborate internationally in Benin, Canada, France, Greece, Madagascar, South Africa, and the US.

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Emily Mervosh, Office Manager
(212) 998-4717

Emily Mervosh is the Office Manager at the NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life. She is a graduate of Boston College, where she worked in the Theology Department and served as a Kairos retreat leader. She also worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow for the Arts and Social Responsibility Project at BC, an organization committed to exploring the intersection of art and social activism. Before joining GSL, Emily worked in Production at BBDO New York, producing digital content for a variety of clients and serving as a department coordinator.