Interfaith Ambassadors

Multifaith Center

Gustavus's Interfaith Ambassadors are a group of dedicated, specially-trained students who lead interfaith engagement workshops for their fellow Gusties. These workshops address the religious diversity within our student body and share tips for making Gustavus a welcoming place for students of all traditions, religious or not. 

Now in its second year, the program grew out of Gustavus's 2019 Interfaith Strategic Plan, in which staff and faculty from a range of departments identified interfaith training for students and student leaders as the top priority. Initially funded by the Interfaith Youth Core for the 2020-2021 academic year, the program is managed by the Interfaith Program Coordinator in the Office of the Chaplains. 

Pairs of Interfaith Ambassadors are leading two different kinds of training in fall 2021:

  • Interfaith Training for student leaders, including CFs, Peer Assistants, and Gustie Greeters, scheduled as part of these groups' fall orientation
  • 50-minute workshops in classrooms. This fall, the program will be offered only to FTS instructors, who may request an online or in-person training for their students. The students have capacity to lead about 10 such workshops.

Spring semester will be dedicated to recruiting and training the next cohort of Interfaith Ambassadors. Students with interest and background in interfaith engagement are invited to apply this spring, with priority given to those from non-Christian backgrounds. Ambassadors are paid for training (about 5 hours) and for each workshop they lead (about two per student). 

Our Fall 2021 Interfaith Ambassadors include Nav Guckhool, Andrew Gustafson, Shannon Halen, Angelina Hathy, Eric Johnson, Arsene Matabaro, Syntyche Nuru, Abigayle Paulson, Teagan Shumaker, and Anna Thome.

Questions about the program? Please contact Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator, at mbroida@gustavus.edu.