2019 Featured Keynote, Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For over fifteen years, Eboo has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.
Featured Presenter, Karen J. Solomon
Karen J. Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations,Higher Learning Commission, joined the Commission in 2003 and has served as a liaison to more than 220 member and applying institutions. She presently serves as Chair of the Executive Council for WCET and as a peer reviewer for the INQAAHE Database on Good Practices in Quality Assurance. Dr. Solomon is a speaker, consultant and reviewer regarding assessment, adult learning, development of international accreditation processes, and distance education. In 2013, she was named Director of the Standard Pathway.
Previously, she was Coordinator of Research and Evaluation in Adult Continuing Education at Northern Illinois University; Education Associate in Outcomes Assessment for ACT, Inc. (formerly American College Testing); founding Executive Director of Illinois Campus Compact for Community Service; and Associate Dean of Student Development at Benedictine University. Dr. Solomon earned an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University, M.B.A from Benedictine University, and B.A in Business from North Central College.
Featured Panelist, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis where she served from 1977 to 2013. She was the second woman to become a rabbi and was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974. She currently serves as the Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.
Dr. Sasso serves on numerous boards including the IUPUI Board of Advisors and Indiana Humanities Council and is a co-founder of Women4Change Indiana. She is the author of many articles and nationally acclaimed children’s books dealing with issues of spirituality. She is a winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Rabbi Sasso is the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Touchstone Award from Girls, Inc., Heritage Keepers Award from the Indiana State Museum, and the Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie Interactive Park. She and husband, Dennis were designated as Interfaith Ambassadors of the Year by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indiana in 2018 and is the 2018 recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.
She received her B.A. and M.A. from Temple University and her D.Min from Christian Theological Seminary.
Featured Panelist Joseph Tucker Edmonds
Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI) and a Research Fellow for the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Economics from Brown University, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University.
Tucker Edmonds’ research interests are black and womanist theologies, alternative Christianities in the Black Atlantic, the role of scripture in African and African American religious traditions, and the relationship between Africana religious identity, citizenship, and globalization. Joseph is active in the Indianapolis community as a facilitator of community-based conversations on race, religion, and citizenship and as a consultant to local public and charter schools on transforming curriculum and classroom culture in light of the racial and religious diversity of their student populations.
Currently, Joseph is finishing his first book,The Other Black Church: Alternative African American Christianities and the Struggle for Freedom, supported by grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, that will explore radical religious traditions within mainstream African American Christianity.
Featured Panelist Marisol Morales
Marisol Morales serves as the Vice President for Network Leadership for Campus Compact, based out of Chicago, Illinois. In this role Morales provides guidance, inspiration, and practical support to network staff across the country, helping state and regional directors achieve local goals while advancing shared network priorities. She leads Campus Compact’s efforts to increase inclusion, equity, and diversity internally and in higher education community engagement. Morales is also the co-host of the bi-weekly Campus Compact podcast, Compact Nation.
Prior to joining Campus Compact, Morales was the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne from 2013-2018 and the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University from 2005-2013. Marisol holds a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and a MS/MS in International Public Service Management both from DePaul University. She is currently pursuing her Ed. D in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. Her dissertation is focused on the community engagement experiences of students of color at Minority Serving Institutions.