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."
2021-22 SMAC Members
Eni Owoeye is a senior studying International Relations and Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. She identifies with the Pentecostal faith within Christianity and incorporates elements of Quakerism into her personal practices as well. She has a keen interest in learning about different faith based communities and the components that influence those around her. Eni participates in a variety of interfaith dialogues like the Jewish Fellowship Life, Black and Jewish Dialogue, Black Muslim Iniative workshops, and more. Besides from talking about spiritual beliefs, she is always up for conversations on podcasts, traditional customs, and Costco outings.
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!
Hi, my name is Milenia and I'm a senior in Stern majoring in Finance and minoring in psychology. I've been a practicing Roman Catholic my entire life, and I thought MAC would be an excellent opportunity to cultivate conversation, learn about different religions, and be a part of an inclusive and healing space. Looking forward to an exciting year!
My name is Rida Ali and I am a senior in the Global Liberal Studies program, concentrating in Politics, Human Rights, and Development. I also have a double minor in MCC and South Asian Studies. I am president of NYU's Muslim Students Association, where I enjoy delving deeper into exploring faith both internally and collectively. Being Muslim on a campus like NYU has been such a riveting and transformative experience for me, pushing me to constantly reimagine how Islam and religion can be integrated into my daily life. While I am Muslim, I also identify as a Shia, which is a minority sect within Islam--the duality of these two identities has allowed me to reflect and focus in on themes such as marginalization, mobilization, and religious dialogue during my time in this community. A large part of my time within the Muslim Students Association has been working towards institutionalizing a place for minority groups and having programming that is inclusive to all. I don't consider my faith a part of my life, rather I view it as a framework for the entirety of my being. It intersects with my other interests, which are travelling, poetry, writing, advocacy, and media. I am looking forward to being part of SMAC, because I am hoping to be equipped with tools that will allow me to connect with other faith traditions in order to build something greater than us all. Ali Ibn Abu Talib, a revolutionary figure in Islam, says "A person is of two kinds--your brother in faith, or your equal in humanity."
Hi! My name is Avital Krifcher (she/her) and I am a senior at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study concentrating on forms of construction and disruptions in communities. My concentration is heavily inspired by my own passion for diasporic Jewish communities and studying the ways in which these communities have been able to prosper in our modern age. In addition to my other exciting extracurriculars at NYU, I am the co-president of Hillel at NYU and a student leader at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, where I have been able to practice my beliefs of pluralism and non-denominational Judaism. In my role at Hillel at NYU, I have been lucky enough to spearhead interfaith programming and events with my peers, and am thrilled to be able to continue these conversations as a part of the SMAC board this year. As an intently curious and spiritual person, I am looking forward to connecting with my peers and contributing to meaningful and productive work supporting people of all faiths and backgrounds on this campus.
Hi! My name is Noa Baron, and I’m a senior in CAS studying Hebrew and Judaic studies, with minors in public policy and multifaith leadership. I came to NYU intending to be pre-med but quickly realized that medicine was not the way I am best suited to be a healing force in the world. Now, I am the president of Kesher: Reform Jews at NYU (though my personal Jewish practice does not fit neatly into the box of a specific Jewish denomination). I am also a college organizer with a Jewish organization, the Workers Circle, where I organize progressive Jewish college students across the country for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, climate justice, and racial justice. This year I was named one of Jewish Week’s “36 under 36 Noteworthy Jewish New Yorkers” for this organizing. I am excited about the multifaith advisory council because I am passionate about storytelling, especially religious storytelling. I believe that sharing our narratives and listening to the narratives of others is key to social justice work. I love to write and share my story, and I’ve had my writing published in Lilith Magazine and Jewish Week. I hope to go to rabbinical school someday and continue using stories to fight for a better world.