The Interfaith Student Council supports and facilitates activities for students from a variety of worldview and faith traditions. The council is a student leadership team drawn from UVU organized with the aim of advancing interreligious engagement in academics and student life. The university facilitates interaction with scholars and religious leaders to provide students with leadership and diplomacy skills.

 

2019-20 Interfaith Student Council

Elexis Kain

Lexi Kain

Co-President

I am a senior of Philosophy and Art History here at Utah Valley University. Being raised in the US Army exposed me to a diversity of cultures, faiths, and perspectives from a very early age and impressed upon the notion that difference can be a strength. Interfaith inspires me to engage this diversity, to lean in to difference, to build peaceful and pluralistic community. Engagement with and appreciative knowledge of others can help combat the fear that is incited by unfamiliarity. I am truly honored to work alongside other dedicated students and faculty advisors in facilitating interfaith dialogue here at UVU.

Layton Bethea

Logan Jones

Co-President

My name is Logan Jones and I love people! I'm from Taylorsville, Utah and enjoy playing sports and music, as well as spending time with family taking care of our little farm, camping, or just talking. I'm an integrated studies major studying English, Spanish, and Philosophy. I love languages, understanding others' beliefs and cultures, and interfaith work!

Jon Downs

Jon Downs

Council Member

I am a Political Science (Global Politics) student entering my junior year at UVU. I came to UVU because I was drawn to its open enrollment policy, which I believe creates a diverse environment for our students to grow and learn. I have been drawn to interfaith work through my studies: History is replete with both examples of how pluralistic socieities can thrive and how not understanding diversity has led to difficulty in our globalized world. Creating a space through interfaith work that promotes a safe and open environment at UVU for one to express their worldview is my goal through the interfaith council.

Danna Facer

Danna Facer

Council Member

I am a junior at UVU, majoring in Theatre with a minor in Music. I love creating safe spaces for people to express themselves. Interfaith work is an incredible way to create that space! Diverse beliefs are simply a fact. We should celebrate the unique perspective that makes us who we are. I have also found that the more I learn about other people, the more I learn about myself. Through interfaith, I have lost my fear of the unknown while becoming more solidified in my religious beliefs. I hope to share this peace I've found with others through participation on the council.

Landon Lambert

Landon Lambert

Council Member

Landon is in his final year at UVU studying psychology and community health education. During the last two years, he has developed an increased curiosity concerning religious and secular ideologies. This desire to better understand other worldviews has led Landon to immerse himself in interfaith work. Landon's 3+ years working with teenage boys in treatment centers have instilled within him the importance of maintaining a heart at peace when engaging in sensitive dialogue. During his spare time, Landon can be found presenting at schools around the country for Fight The New Drug, admiring the lyricism of conscious hip-hop artists, and exploring the Wasatch mountains with his wife.

Chelsea Grover

Culllen Watkins

Council Member

Hello! I am a junior studying Photography and I am in charge of media and marketing for the Interfaith Student Council. I grew up in the "bible belt" amongst various Christians, including my extended family who are from different Christian traditions. I also served a mission for my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Japan which gave me the opportunity to learn about more religious traditions, such as Buddhism. As a result, I have a general curiosity about world religions and have a desire to build relationships with people from other backgrounds. To put it simply, I think it would be more fun if we just understood each other better! 

Payden

Payden Alder

Council Member

I am a philosophy major at UVU. In studying philosophy, I have learned about different world views and ways of thinking that have led me to a comfortable uncertainty in my own beliefs. Learning so much about other beliefs has increased my commitment to the idea of pluralism and trying to create a world where we can live in harmony while respecting differences.