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

(212) 998-4112

Melissa Carter is the Interim Senior Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for MindfulNYU. In 2019, Melissa launched MindfulNYU internationally, expanding its reach to become the largest campus-wide global mindfulness initiative. 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 serves as a meditation teacher, reiki master, intuitive coach and wellness consultant. Over the last ten years, Melissa has traveled to 15 different countries to present and lead workshops on the intersection of spirituality, social justice and mindfulness, and their interconnectedness with belonging, self-care, intuitive and emotional intelligence, and understand the microcosm of their impact on one’s suffering & liberation. 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. Melissa holds an MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York and has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of South Florida. 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, The Trailblazer Podcast and The Financial Diet.

Connect with Melissa on Instagram: @ignitewithmelissa 

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Chelsea Garbell

Associate Director, Global Spiritual Life;

Adjunct Lecturer, Silver School of Social Work

Chelsea Garbell is the Interim Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at NYU, and lectures on religion, gender, and peacebuilding. She has previously held positions at the Bronfman Center at NYU, the New York Southeast Asia Network, the Asia Society Policy Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign Policy Program, and spent a year teaching English in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Chelsea has over a decade of experience in interfaith activism, and today co-chairs a chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and is involved in the alumni community of Interfaith Youth Core. She is a member of the Spark Leadership Council at the Global Fund for Women and sits on the board of KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad. Her writing has been featured in USA Today, the Diplomat, Religion Dispatches, Tablet Magazine, the Times of Israel, and MyJewishLearning.com. Chelsea holds a BSc in Communication and an MPA in international policy and management from New York University.

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Robert Taylor Jr.
Program Administrator, Global Spiritual Life

Robert Taylor Jr. is the Program Administrator for MindfulNYU & Global Spiritual Life at New York University. He is grounded in the Caribbean diasporic community which influences his everyday experiences navigating life as a Queer, Afro-Caribbean American Blackademic. 
Robert is an educator committed to lifting up the voices of BIPOC and drawing upon scholarship to inform his practice. A graduate of New York University, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Gender & Sexuality Studies and is currently working on a Master’s degree in History examining the intersection of slavery, afro-syncretic faith traditions, and gender in the Caribbean. You can find his work on Queeribbean.com, a transnational collective that endeavors to translate queer, Caribbean life, language, and culture while developing a sense of home and community in the Diaspora. 


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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.