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Student Leaders

Loveleen Kaur ('17) is a pre-med student majoring in sociology and anthropology and minoring in natural science. She is originally from India, where she grew up in the Punjab, and she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2008, and graduated from North Hollywood High School in 2013. The faith she practices is Sikhism. "My faith has given me a moral framework that helps me to make important decisions in my life," says Loveleen, who cites community, respect, and equality as values that are especially important in her Sikh tradition. "When I go to my temple, we all sit on the floor to have a meal together. The meaning behind this is to show equality and give us a message to apply for our everyday lives." Loveleen has been working as student interfaith leader with the Jay Phillips Center since the spring 2014 semester. "My experiences with the Jay Phillips Center have allowed me to have valuable interactions with people from different cultures and traditions," says Loveleen. "It's been a pleasure sharing my Sikh culture and learning about other cultures and faith traditions."   

Rediet Negede Lewi ('19) is pursuing a psychology major along with art and theology minors. She was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, where she lived until the age of fourteen. In 2010 she moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she attended high school at the International School of Tanganyika (IST). Rediet is a member of the Ethiopian Catholic Church. "My faith and my religion have always been at the core of my life," she says. "They have been the main constants through many changes so they are my source of strength and guidance." During her four years at IST, Rediet had the chance to interact and grow in friendship with students from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds. She claims that it is such encounters that sparked her interest in interfaith dialogue and learning. "I have found that interfaith learning allows me to appreciate the greater grandeur of God's work," says Rediet. "Facilitating interfaith dialogue for me is about promoting love and understanding amongst all of God's beautiful creation." Rediet began working as a student interfaith leader for the Jay Phillips Center in the fall 2016 semester.