Student Interfaith Leaders

2017-2018 Cohort and Scholarship Recipients
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Molly Britt

Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
Majors: Psychology and Family Studies
Why did you apply to become a student interfaith leader? "To gain knowledge about all religious and faith groups in our community and help promote awareness and tolerance on the St. Thomas campus."
What are your hopes, dreams, and plans for life after UST? "After graduation I plan to attend graduate school to study school psychology."

Mohamed Malim

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Major: Marketing
Why did you apply to become a student interfaith leader? "I wanted to be in the Student Interfaith Leader program because of the knowledge/religious backgrounds that come with it. I want to enhance my knowledge in the inner faith community."
What are your hopes, dreams, and plans for life after UST? "I hope and aspire to bring positive change in the local and global community."

Kathy Melton

Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota
MajorNeuroscience
Why did you apply to become a student interfaith leader? "So that I could learn more about other religions and help to build connections between students. Moving into college is a challenging experience and it would be beneficial for students to have a space where they can express themselves freely without judgement. Although religion and worldview is not something that is always discussed everyday, it is something that people think about and/or carry with them everyday."
What are your hopes, dreams, and plans for life after UST? "After graduation I plan to take a gap year to either fulfill patient care hours or to serve in a religious or military setting. During this time, I will also be applying to graduate schools to accomplish my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant."

Max Parkinson

Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota 
Major: Financial Management 
Why did you apply to become a student interfaith leader? "I love learning about theology yet I haven't experienced much outside of Christianity. For me to grow as a person, especially for and within a community, I feel it's necessary to become more connected with other cultures and religions."
What are your hopes, dreams, and plans for life after UST? "I'm hoping to get a job in some sort of sales and I'd like to stay in the Twin Cities. Other than that, I'll be on the look out for what life has to offer me."

Raheel Punjwani

Hometown: Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota
Majors: Financial Management, Business Administration/Leadership & Management
Minor:Interreligious Studies and Comparative Theology
Why did you apply to become a student interfaith leader? "Religious literacy is an interesting topic to me, it always has been. The intertwining of leadership with Religious studies is something that I found exceptionally interesting. I also enjoy leadership and helping myself and others to reach their goal(s)."
What are your hopes, dreams, and plans for life after UST? "My goal is to eventually be an Attorney for a large firm, and hopefully to eventually start my own firm."