The ‘Of Many’ Institute for Multifaith Leadership (OM) is a program in NYU’s Division of Student Affairs, under the umbrella of NYU Global Spiritual Life. Inspired by tremendous student interest, 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 Institute’s director is Yael Shy.
The volunteer Advisory Board for ‘Of Many’, made up of 20 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, Dr. Marcella Runell Hall (Co-Founding Director of OM), 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, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Philip Kennedy, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature, Linda G. Mills, 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.