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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Yael Shy, Senior Director
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 Minds, Harvard Business Review, The Clinical Journal of Social Work, The NYU Review of Law and Social Change, Sports Lawyers Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She is an alumna of New York University (CAS) and Northeastern University School of Law.
Ariel Ennis, Assistant Director
Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership
Ariel Ennis is the Assistant Director at the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership in the Office of Global Spiritual Life at NYU. He is responsible for NYU's award winning Faith Zone Workshops, the Chaplains' Circle and other diversity education initiatives. He is the author of Teaching Religious Literacy: A Guide to Religious and Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education, is the creator and host of the Multifaithful Podcast, and is an Adjunct Lecturer for the Multifaith Service Learning course at the Silver School of Social Work. His passion for multifaith work was first sparked as an undergraduate at NYU where he had the privilege to help co-found Bridges: Muslim Jewish Interfaith Dialogue at NYU. Ariel is a former "celestial" for President Sexton's course Baseball as a Road to God, and has always admired and loved NYU's commitment to building a multifaith community. Ariel was formerly the Program Director for Campus Programs at the Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. There, he founded the Jewish Student Leadership Fellowship as well as worked with Baruch College faculty and administration on a course entitled "Leadership and Diversity in the Business World." Ariel is currently enrolled in the Langone Part-Time MBA Program at NYU and graduated from NYU with a BA in Jewish History and Civilization and a minor in Politics in 2012.
Reka Prasad, Assistant Director MindfulNYU
Reka Prasad manages and runs mindfulness programming for NYU through the Office of Global Spiritual Life. She is a native New Yorker who also works as a psychotherapist, facilitator, researcher, and consultant for non-profits, universities, and businesses. She completed her MSW with honors from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Reka continued her education at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in couples and family therapy, where she founded and co-facilitated Supportive Space, a collaboration of trainees, faculty, and alumni of color. A long time meditator, Reka is a practicing Buddhist in the Theravada tradition and has studied through the Barre Center for Buddhist Study. She has utilized mindfulness in all areas of her client work and conducts guided meditations and mindfulness training in a variety of settings.
Emily Mervosh, Office Manager
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.
Matt Gesicki, Student Engagement Coordinator
Matt Gesicki is a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary, where he studies psychology and religion with an emphasis on Christian and Buddhist perspectives. He is also a poet of Catholic upbringing and Zen practice. Originally from Ohio, he graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014. Before joining Global Spiritual Life, he worked at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and served as Minister for Mission with The Crossing, an emergent church in downtown Boston.
Jessica Tezen, Student Engagement Coordinator
Jessica Tezen received her bachelors in Music Business with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology from Five Towns College. As an audio engineer, she's had the pleasure to work with many great vocalists and musicians. Currently, Jessica is obtaining her Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary where her concentration is theology and the arts. As the Student Engagement Coordinator for NYU's GSL, she intends to continue to foster relationships with students that are authentic, vibrant and transform multifaith and spiritual encounters at NYU and beyond.