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 about to enter its third 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 Office of the Chaplains. 

Our 2021-2022 Interfaith Ambassadors included Nav Guckhool, Andrew Gustafson, Shannon Halen, Angelina Hathy, Eric Johnson, Arsene Matabaro, Abigayle Paulson, Teagan Shumaker, and Anna Thome.

Pairs of Interfaith Ambassadors led 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 was offered to FTS instructors.

In spring 2022, the program was offered more broadly, with priority given to faculty in religion, education, finance and nursing departments. 

Spring semester we recruited and trained 8 more Interfaith Ambassadors. We are ready for fall of 2022! 

Questions about the program? Please contact the Office of the Chaplains.