Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Staff & Contact Information

Doug Kindschi

Director:

Dr. Douglas Kindschi 

Doug Kindschi is the founding director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University, and was previously Dean of Sciences at GVSU for 28 years. With a unique path of starting in science and ending up in religion, Kindschi is particularly interested in the relationship between the two fields. After spending 7 months at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme in Cambridge, England, Kindschi has returned to Grand Rapids with new interfaith initiatives in the community as well as internationally. 

 

 

 

 

 
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Program Manager:

Katie Gordon 

Katie joined Kaufman as Program Manager in the summer of 2013. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science & Religious Studies at Alma College, while also leading several organizations, including the Interfaith Council, Model United Nations, Center for Responsible Leadership, and the college radio station. Katie's interest in the non-profit sector came from a summer in Washington DC participating in the Institute for Voluntary Service & Philanthropy at Georgetown University, and her specific focus on interfaith issues came from international travels with Alma College and Interfaith Youth Core trainings throughout her undergrad. 

 

 

 

Kelly Clark

 

Senior Research Fellow:

Dr. Kelly James Clark 

Kelly James Clark is the Senior Research Fellow, as well as a professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. He works in philosophy of religion, ethics, and Chinese thought and culture. He is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and author of over fifty articles. Clark has recently been working with Muslims, Christians and Jews on religious liberty in countries such as Turkey, Israel, Nigeria, and Indonesia. Classes he teaches at Grand Valley include Diversity Dialogue, where students engage in an Interfaith Youth Core Better Together program to do interfaith service on campus and/or in the community. 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Program Manager:

Shahed Kadem 

Shahed will be a part of Kaufman during the winter semester as a part of her practicum within Grand Valley State University's M.Ed. College Student Affairs Leadership Graduate Program. She is also an Assistant Living Center Director in the Housing and Residence Life Department. Shahed graduated in 2011 from Willamette University in Oregon with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and her interests are in creating and developing programs for student leadership development.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Mail:
301 Michigan St. NE Ste. 100
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Email:
interfaith@gvsu.edu

Phone:
(616) 331-5702

Fax:
(616) 331-5998 (Attn: Kaufman Interfaith)

 

Page last modified March 18, 2014