A delegation of Montclair State University students and
administrators recently participated in the third annual President’s Interfaith
and Community Service Campus Challenge gathering at Georgetown University in
Washington, DC. Attending for the first time, the Montclair State contingent
joined with those from other institutions to share and learn about interfaith
and community service activities on campuses around the nation.
Launched by the White House in 2010, the President’s Interfaith
and Community Service Campus Challenge is an initiative inviting institutions
of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service
programming on campus. More than 300 colleges and universities around the
country are now involved.
Montclair State was invited to attend the event to present
on interfaith engagement and to highlight the University’s community service
activities. “We were able to showcase the impact Montclair State has on the
surrounding communities through the efforts of our students and religious
organizations,” says Shannon Gary, associate dean of students and one of the
leaders of the Montclair State team.
Director of Equity and Diversity Esmilda
Abreu was the delegation’s other leader and also represented Montclair
State on the panel for the presentation, “Interfaith Engagement at Public
Institutions,” along with representatives from the University of Maryland and
Delaware State University.
“It was an absolute pleasure to represent Montclair State
University at this third annual White House-sponsored Interfaith Gathering with
such a diverse and committed delegation of students,” says Abreu. “It was a
great privilege to share the quantity, variety and creativity of Montclair
State’s cutting-edge interfaith programs with more than 300 other colleges and universities.
I was delighted and humbled when the other institutions commented on how impressed
they were with the strength of Montclair State’s level of genuine inclusion”
Rounding out the Montclair State team were student delegates John Klarman, Weaam Ali and Rachel Drucker, who represented Newman Catholic, the Muslim Student Association and Hillel, respectively.