The ‘Of Many’ Institute for Multifaith Leadership is a program in NYU’s Division of Student Affairs, under the umbrella of NYU Global Spiritual Life (directed by Dr. Marcella Runell Hall and Yael Shy). Born out of a series of conversations stretching back to early 2010, The Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership (OM) was officially launched in January of 2012, by co-founders Chelsea Clinton, Khalid Latif, Linda Mills and Yehuda Sarna. ‘Of Many’ concentrates on cultivating cross-cultural leadership experiences, with a focus on students who seek to develop a multifaith space that ensures harmonious relationships on campus. Students engaged in this multifaith effort have been inspired by NYU’s chaplains, faculty, and staff, who together lead a movement across faiths that makes NYU unique among universities today. Activities include service learning trips, trainings and workshops on campus. NYU studentscreated a Multifaith Student Advisory Council that supports ‘Of Many’s’ co-curricular events and student-initiated dialogues, such as Shabbat-Jummah Prayer, yearly conferences, and more.
The volunteer Advisory Board for ‘Of Many’, made up of 15 members, is co-led by Chelsea Clinton and Linda Mills, both of whom were inspired by the remarkable work of Imam Latif, Rabbi Sarna, and the NYU chaplains who engage thousands of students in leading by example and learning to bridge differences. The Advisory Board also includes Gabrielle Bernstein, Melody Barnes, Father Patrick Desbois, Joshua Dubois, Rick Gerson, Lori Hanau, Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, Linda Kay Klein, Evie Klein, Jared Kushner, Robert Owens, Eboo Patel, Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Richard Salomon, Fatima Shama, Kirk Spahn, and Rev. John Vaughn.
The Minor in Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership at NYU is co-sponsored by the Silver School of Social Work and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Its purpose is to cultivate the next generation of leaders to cross religious and spiritual boundaries and to foster scholarly development in this emerging field through a rigorous curriculum designed to shape multifaith education. The Minor in Multifaith Leadership has been endorsed by the schools whose coursework is offered in the Minor (including the College of Arts and Science, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Silver School of Social Work, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service). The Minor was approved in October 2012 by NYU’s Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee. The Minor is guided by a Faculty Steering Committee that includes: David Engel, NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Marcella Runell Hall, Silver School of Social Work, Philip Kennedy, NYU Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Linda G. Mills, NYU Silver School of Social Work, Sonia Ospina, Wagner School of Public Service, Justin Stearns, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Dean Lynn Videka, NYU Silver School of Social Work.