Student Multifaith Advisory Council Members
The Student Multifaith Advisory Council is a collaborative community of student leaders who meet weekly to explore faith narratives through meaningful dialogue and experiences in order to nurture mutual respect and understanding. To learn more about SMAC, see "Multifaith Student Groups."
2020-21 SMAC Members
My name is Shoshana Ehrenkranz '21 and am very excited to be on the Multi-Advisory Council! Last year, I was the treasurer of Shalhevet, the NYU modern-orthodox group on campus and am the incoming treasurer for Hillel. I was apart of the diversity task force for the Bronfman Center and was featured in NYU Portraits (a diversity showcase) during the 2018 Welcome Week! I am also the senator for Tisch for this coming academic year. My Freshman year, I partook in the Bridges Interfaith-trip, a Muslim-Jewish humanitarian/dialogue trip which challenged me to speak to people who had different backgrounds than myself and learn about their perspectives. This made me realize how important interfaith relations are and sparked my love for groups on campus whose goals were just that. I am Jewish but I identify with many more things than just that- a few more include: Interfaith Relations, Comedy, Film, Books, and Running. I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche says something groundbreaking and very true in her Ted Talk about "The Danger of a Single Story". People often define themselves, or are defined by people with one or two attributes based on how they look or the stereotype labeled to their religion/race/culture/etc. In reality, we are all multi-faceted and complicated, beautiful beings. That said, I am a multi-faceted human trying to figure out more where I belong, how my skills can be of use, and how my story can be told from and for different perspectives.
Hello! My name is Nick Gordon and I am a Sophomore in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study focusing on the Urban Church, Music Education, and Race in America while also minoring in Multi-faith and Spiritual Leadership. My main religious affiliation on campus is through Canterbury Downtown which is an Episcopal Campus Ministry currently housed out of Grace Church (Lower Manhattan). I also work within the Young Adult Network Diocese of New York as well as at the parish of St. John’s in Village in Greenwich Village. I grew up in a Catholic family in Central New Jersey and discovered the Episcopal Church through singing in my local church’s choir. I later became more engaged as I came out as gay and realized how rare it was for an LGBTQ+ identifying person like myself to exist within a church organization that actually supported them through their coming out process. All of this background has brought me to MAC hoping to give voice to open and accepting protestant denominations that aren’t always at the table in multi-faith conversations. I also hope to learn a lot more about ways in which other religions reconcile with LGBTQ+ acceptance and rejection. Finally, I also hope to engage in story sharing as a way for us to learn more about each other’s backgrounds and create spaces that are truly accepting of all faith traditions. With all of this in mind, I can’t wait for a great year with MAC!
Hello, I'm Muna Abdelwhab, a senior at NYU completing a Global Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Politics, Rights and Development. I 've been fortunate to have the opportunity and privilege to follow my passion for the unwavering support of vulnerable communities including refugees, immigrants and BIPOC by working with the United Nations and focusing my senior project on a template for the redevelopment of refugee camps. A verse from the Quraan that I live by is 49:13 "[we] made you into peoples and tribes so that you may get to know one another". My academic and professional careers are driven forward and motivated by this verse as I graduate this upcoming Spring. Throughout my time in NYU, I have been dedicated to the wellbeing of our communities through service, mental health, mindfulness and faith programming here in New York City, as the co-president of Mosaic: the Interfaith Students of Color Coalition, and during my year abroad in Madrid, as the first Global Ambassador of MindfulNYU. As a Black, Muslim woman, who is the proud daughter of Sudanese immigrants, I am all too familiar with many of the struggles that our Beloved Community face on a day to day basis and I hope that through the Multifaith Advisory Council I can further contribute to our collective wellbeing on both the personal and academic level.
Hi! My name is Catherine Gould and I am a senior at Tisch majoring in Collaborative Arts and minoring in American Sign Language. I am sooo thrilled to be a part of MAC this year! For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed having interfaith conversations. I love hearing what other people believe and are passionate about and why. I grew up attending a non-denominational Protestant Christian church and in high school and college, began discovering more of what it meant to make my faith my own. My faith is a constant journey for me of peaks and valleys but has continued to be worth the pursuit. In addition to interfaith, I am incredibly passionate about inclusivity for those with disabilities, specifically within the arts, but also society in general, as we have a very long way to go. I believe we can learn a lot when trying to truly listen to one another and approach situations, spaces, and people with humility and grace. I also love laughing a lot and think it's very important and the very best medicine. So get out there and laugh today, okay!?
Hey! My name is Achuth Raghunath and I am a Hindu, South Asian-American from Chicago. I am a sophomore studying Economics at CAS with minors in Data Science and Public Health. For about a year now, I have been a student worker at GSL, warehousing data on engagement rates through the MindfulNYU program. From the beginning, I was really captivated by the mission of MAC, one that uses faith narratives to foster nuanced conversations with the goal of developing empathy and understanding. More importantly, I was really curious to see how I, as a queer person, fit within those conversations. I believe that there is power in being able to connect with people who come from different walks of life, and I hope to find that connection through being a part of MAC this semester!
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