About the Minor

The minor in Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership is built around a commitment to social justice, the practice of relational change, and an ethic of religious literacy. Religious literacy is an understanding of the historic and contemporary interconnections of religion with cultural, political, and social life and the ability to use this knowledge to promote allyship and engage in dialogue on issues of religious or spiritual concern.

Offered jointly between the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and the NYU Silver School of Social Work, this interdisciplinary program molds scholar-practitioners. Students develop competencies to navigate the religious, spiritual, and secular dimensions of various fields, preparing students for careers in community development, healthcare, education, social work, policymaking, journalism, law, human rights, religious leadership, and more.

In addition to innovative classroom experiences, The Of Many Institute provides co-curricular programing for students interested in expanding their coursework into practice.

Courses Offered

UNDSW-US 54 Mindfulness Practice and Social Work, Melissa Carter, (4 credits, offered Fall)
UNDSW-US 88 Shaping Change: Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Chelsea Garbell, (2 credits, offered Fall and Spring)
UPADM-GP 249 Religion, Conflict Transformation, and the Future of Democracy, Melissa Carter & Chelsea Garbell, (2 credits, offered Spring)
UPADM-GP 254 Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century, Yehuda Sarna & Khalid Latif, (4 credits, offered Fall and Spring)
UPADM-GP 260 What Really Matters? Leadership with No Regrets, Khalid Latif & Yael Shy, (2 credits, offered Fall and Spring) 
UPADM-GP 251 Legal & Ethical Approaches to Islam, Faiyaz Jaffer, (2 credits, offered Fall)
UPADM-GP 255 Spiritual and Ethical Approaches to Islam, Faiyaz Jaffer, (2 credits, offered Spring)
UNDSW-US 81 Whose Social Justice is it Anyway? Spirituality, Religion & Civic Engagement, Anthony Nicotera, (4 credits, offered Fall)
UNDSW-US 67 Radical Insight: Global Social Justice and Nonviolent Peacemaking, Anthony Nicotera, (4 credits, offered Spring)



Melissa Carter

Senior Director and Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming


Chelsea Garbell

Associate Director


Faiyaz Jaffer

Associate Chaplain and Research Scholar


Khalid Latif

Executive Director, University Chaplain


Yehuda Sarna

Executive Director, University Chaplain


Anthony Nicotera

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Silver School of Social Work


Yael Shy

Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Advisement Statement

Students who wish to enroll in the minor in Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership should make an appointment with Dr. Dina Rosenfeld, Silver School of Social Work, to develop an academic plan. She can be reached at (212) 998-5944 or by email at djr2@nyu.edu.

To the extent permitted by their home school, students may double-count courses taken for this minor to satisfy core curriculum, majors, and additional minors.