Taaba Ahmed is a junior accounting major and economics minor. When she isn’t studying or crunching numbers, she loves to make art for the chapel or walking down Constitution Trail. As a Muslim she experienced first-hand encounters with Islamophobia and xenophobia, which sparked her interest in interfaith love and dialogue. She leads the Muslim Student Association as President, with the goal to help increase religious literacy about Islam. She also strives to create a safe space for both Muslim and non-Muslim students to engage in conversation and increase appreciation for each other. With her love of culture and people, Taaba is member of multiple RSOs on campus, including the South Asian Student Association, Spanish and Latino Student Association, and Black Student Union, where she learns about the colorful beauty in the ways people express their identity. Taaba loves to hear people tell stories about their experiences, which is why her favorite day of the week is Thursday, where she gets to hear all sorts of encounters during ReligiosiTEA.
History and Secondary Education '20
Graham Dano is a junior History & Secondary Education double major. As an Irish Catholic raised in an interfaith household (his father is Lutheran), Graham knows what it is like to see the contrasts in Christian traditions that are inevitable when exposed to the teachings of both the Catholic and Lutheran worldviews in the home. Interfaith engagement and compassion have been inevitably present in his everyday life, in addition to the fact that his twin brother Roarke has had autism from the age of two. His background also exposed him to the multiple Catholic groups and organizations in his communities of both Palatine and Bloomington, IL, and eventually led to his becoming President of Illinois Wesleyan’s Titan Catholic organization. Titan Catholic is a group of Illinois Wesleyan students dedicated to creating a Catholic community on their campus by going to Mass together, participating in service projects, and engaging each other in their Catholic faith. Graham is also involved on-campus with the Interfaith team, the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA), and the men of music in the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, of which he is Vice-President.
Emily Heim is a junior Accounting major with career goals of becoming a CPA and opening her own business. When she is not working on her studies, Emily can often be found working at the IWU Office of Institutional Research and Planning, participating in Accounting or Economics Society, or dancing her heart out at Zumba class. Though she loves all her campus activities, one of her favorites is Interfaith work. From the first day she went to ReligiosiTEA, Emily realized she had found the most welcoming, accepting, supportive, curious, passionate and understanding group she had ever met. She immediately fell in love with the questioning involved in Interfaith work and the desire to come together, not in spite of differences, but because of them. Emily is excited to find new ways to incorporate these values into her work as a Multifaith Ambassador. She hopes to learn more about her own spirituality and values by engaging with others at ReligiosiTEA, service events, and special Interfaith fieldtrips and activities.
German and International Studies '21
Adna Mujović is a junior International Studies (Development) & German double major. As a Bosnian Muslim, cross-cultural & interfaith engagement has been inevitably present in everyday life from a very young age. Her background also exposed her to the struggle of awareness and activism. The challenge in activism is recognizing that movements, revolutions, must start with humble beginnings that stem from a conglomerate endeavor to take that unfrequented first step from discussion to action. This struggle shifted into passion, guiding her campus involvement with the Interfaith team, MSA, and the Peace Fellows. In addition, you can find Adna enjoying her commitment to Unlicensed Syncopation - the vocal jazz group - and surrounding herself by the music-loving ladies of music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Adna will be studying aborad in the Balkans for spring 2020.
一道本不卡免费高清German and International Studies '21
Maeve Plunkett is a junior International Studies and German double major. In addition to Interfaith, she is involved in the Peace Garden and the Sierra Student Coalition. As an IWU Peace Fellow, Maeve is learning about migration, particularly the role religion plays in the integration of migrants in different societies. She is currently studying this topic in Morocco. Finding the strong interfaith community at IWU was a surprising and wonderful gift, which has inspired Maeve to dive deeper into her own faith, as a committed, but critical, Catholic, and to learn more about other worldviews. This past year, Maeve’s work as a Multifaith Ambassador allowed her to help plan weekly ReligiosiTea meetings and to curate and lead discussions on podcasts for Sunday Suppers at Chaplain Elyse’s home. She spends her summers working for Hands of Peace, an interfaith organization bringing together Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth for dialogue and team building, aimed at empowering them to fight for justice and peace. She looks forward to getting back to IWU and working with the rest of the talented and insightful members of ReligiosiTEA and growing as an interfaith leader and discussion facilitator.
Leah Sternberg is a senior nursing major and dance minor. If she's not studying how to take blood pressure, she's either dancing, watching Pride and Prejudice, or listening to Chance the Rapper. Leah has been involved in Interfaith since birth. Her mother is Irish Catholic while her dad is Jewish. Leah and her two older sisters were raised without religion but identify as culturally Irish and Jewish. As she and her sisters grew up, Leah's parents' religions also evolved. While her mom is a "radical, feminist-y Catholic," Leah and her sisters like to call their father the "Buddhist Jew." Their growth, along with her sisters' growth into Paganism, has shaped Leah's spirituality. Along with starting IWU's Jewish Student Association, Leah's other on-campus passions include PSA, MSA, SCDC, and Cohesion dance company. Some other passions include painting/crafting, breakfast food, Denmark, and New Girl.
一道本不卡免费高清Sociology and Womens and Gender Studies '20
Amanda Wesche is a senior Sociology and Gender Studies double major. She grew up in the Methodist church and was heavily involved in youth leadership in high school. Once she came to Wesleyan, Amanda developed a deep respect for other worldviews. Her combined interests in sustainability, activism, and interfaith work have helped her explore her own spirituality through meditation and intentional living. Along with being a Multifaith Ambassador, Amanda is a Residential Community Advisor and president of Tri-Iota (Women's Studies Honor Society). She loves taking care of plants and has provided a home to over twenty in her dorm room.