J. Cody Nielsen is Founder and Executive Director of Convergence and Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation, a Boston Cambridge Ministry of Higher Education. Cody previously served as Expert in Residence for Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Initiatives at NASPA and is former President of the National Campus Ministry Association. Cody’s passion is integration of higher education with religious, secular, and spiritual identity diversity work. Cody is pursuing a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration at Iowa State University and holds Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He frequently blogs and offers consultation for universities regarding strategic thinking around religious, secular, and spiritual identity. His 2013-2015 study Multifaith in the Public University, a Louisville Foundation funded initiative, explores over 25 public and private universities in the United States and Canada regarding their policies, practices, and initiatives to support campus climates.
Associate Director & Director of Content Development
Pluralism, community-building, and empowerment are the core of Stephanie’s work in the interfaith world and as a future rabbi. Stephanie is in her fifth year at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, and is embarking on her second year in Israel to serve as a rabbinic intern and educator at BINA in Tel Aviv. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Director of the Interfaith Youth Initiative, and Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Stephanie was also a member of the first cohort of the Hillel Rabbinic Student Fellowship, a participant the Kevah Teaching Fellowship, and a chaplain intern at Holy Family Hospital. Stephanie has studied at BINA, the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Stephanie graduated from Boston University where she studied Sociocultural Anthropology and Hispanic Language and Literature. After college, Stephanie worked as a chef in Boston, Austin, and Upstate New York.