New Muslim, Hindu Advisers Seek to Mentor

September 15, 2008

Author: Janet Tambasco

Source: The Daily Princetonian

Following announcements made last year and over the summer, three religious leaders on campus — Coordinator for Muslim Life Sohaib Sultan, Coordinator for Hindu Life Vineet Chander and Chabad chaplain Eitan Webb — have begun their first weeks in their University-appointed positions.

Sultan’s appointment follows the departure of the first Muslim chaplain, Khalid Latif, two summers ago. Chander’s appointment marks the debut of a Hindu chaplaincy pilot program at the University. Webb, on the other hand, has been working with the University Chabad community since 2002 but was only granted official recognition last May.

By promoting interfaith relations and participation in individual faiths, the new coordinators will each serve multiple roles on campus, acting as administrators, advocates, counselors and visible members of the community.

All three men believe that their role is to provide counseling and on-campus activism to complement the social functions of student religious groups.

See also: Hinduism, Islam, Campus