Multifaith Leadership Council

Students promoting interfaith leadership, learning, and cooperation

Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator and Advisor to the MLC

Dr. Broida has taught Bible and other courses in the Religion Department at Gustavus Adolphus College since the fall of 2015. She completed her MA in Jewish Studies and her PhD in Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, specializing in Hebrew Bible. One of Dr. Broida’s greatest joys is providing avenues for students to learn about their own and others' religious traditions through both coursework and extracurricular events. Twice she organized and co-led a campus Seder at Gustavus for approximately 200 students, faculty, and others, with the help of students in Jewish Studies courses. As Multifaith Leadership Council advisor, she works with students from multiple different religions and worldviews to promote interreligious understanding.

Multifaith Leadership Council 2019-2020

For the first time, students on the Multifaith Leadership Council include three "interfaith fellows"--first-year students with a special role in enhancing interreligious understanding on campus.

Anna Duong-Topp '20, Buddhism

Anna Duong-ToppMy name is Anna Duong-Topp and I am a Religion and Japanese Studies double major. I’m a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I want everyone to feel comfortable exploring their identity at Gustavus, especially their worldview. I hope that the MLC’s involvement in the Gustavus community fosters trust between all identities, ideologies, and interests.


Navnit Guckhool '23 (Hinduism)

I am Navnit Guckhool and I am an Economics and Environmental Studies double major. I am part of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I believe that it is important to foster an environment where inclusiveness is at its core. The MLC provides a platform where my input will be valuable in promoting a healthy and dynamic environment where everyone feels comfortable to practice their religion especially minority groups on campus.

Brittney Johnson '20, Christianity (MLC co-president)

Brittney_JohnsonI am Brittney Johnson, a senior majoring in Geology. I am a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because my faith is important to me; and I want to help foster an environment where people feel as comfortable practicing their religion as I have the luxury to do.


Mehreen Kamal '20, Islam

Hello, my name is Mehreen Kamal and I am an International Business Management major with a possible Environmental Studies minor. I am a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I am a strong believer in the far-reaching impact of Interfaith dialogue. Thus, as a member, I aim to facilitate a platform where students can come forward and take the step toward an Interfaith understanding 

Ingrid Kubisa '21, Christianity (MLC co-president)

ingridHello, my name is Ingrid Kubisa. I am a junior thinking of majoring in in Political Science and minoring in Communications. I am a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because faith is my priority. Coming from a Christian background, I love to share my experience and also to learn new things. My hope is that with the new Multifaith Center here at Gustavus, people will put into practice what Jesus says to do: "To love one another without judgement." I also encourage diversity and acceptance because we are all one in the eyes of God.

Madison Lee '22 Christianity

My name is Maddie Lee and I am a sophomore, planning on majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish and religion. My faith life is central to what I do daily, and an important part of my faith involves showing inclusivity and understanding to all those I encounter. People of diverse religious backgrounds sharing the mission of open minded understanding can be a very profound and powerful force. I can’t wait to see where our campus will be a few years down the road, and hope that students here continue to strive for a welcoming environment for all. 

Arsene Matabaro '23 Christianity (Catholicism)

Hello, my name is Arsene Matabaro. I am a first year student majoring in biology. I was raised in a Catholic family. I am part of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I like knowing more about other religions and their cultures. I believe it is important to create and maintain an environment in which people from different religions can share their ideas without fear of being judged or underestimated. I hopethat students here at Gustavus continue to strive for a welcoming environment for everyone

PhePhe Quevi '20 Christianity 

My name is PhePhe Quevi, I am a senior, Sociology/Anthropology major with a double minor in French and African Studies. I am a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I believe it's important to create and maintain an environment in which people from all faith backgrounds can converse on controversial issues without fear of being judged or having their views minimized. My goal for MLC this year is that we are transparent in all that we do in trying to make Gustavus a more inclusive place.

Teagan Schumaker '22 Christianity


Hey there! My name is Teagan Shumaker, a sophomore here at Gustavus. I am a Religion and Psychology double major. I am a member of the Multifaith Leadership Council because I enjoy learning about other peopleand what makes them who they are. My Christian faith has always been a huge part of my life. As a camp counselor, I enjoy sharing my faith and helping teach it to the kids I work with during the summer. Through MLC, I hope that we are able to cultivate a space and a campus where everyone can feel as comfortable to share their faith as I do.

Anna Thomé '22 Unaffliated 

Anna_Thome I’m Anna Thomé, and I’m a sophomore Environmental Studies major. Coming from a family with a mixed religious background gave me an appreciation for our differences and the importance of the ability to hold a respectful conversation. I joined the Multifaith Leadership Council because I think it’s important for Gustavus to become a space where people of all faiths and backgrounds can hold respectful dialogues about their beliefs and practice their religions without feeling isolated.

New Members for 2020-2021

Angelina HathyAngelina Hathy '23 Eastern Orthodox Christianity

I’m Angelina Hathy and I’m planning on becoming nursing student. My faith in growing up in a Eastern Orthodox home as played a large role in my life in explaining my community. I’m joining the Multifaith Leadership Council because lots of my friends and family come from different religious backgrounds and I find it all very fascinating and think that Gustavus strives to include everyone in sharing their a part of them in a place where they feel welcomed. 

Multifaith Leadership Council, 2018-2019

Multifaith Leadership Council, 2017-2018