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Meet Your 2018 Young Adult Scholars

Every year NAIN offers scholarships to young adults committed to interfaith and social justice work. This year the young adult committee had a difficult time narrowing it down to 5 award recipients. Here are those scholars who you will have the opportunity to hear speak Wednesday night during the banquet dinner at NAIN Connect 2018 in Edmonton.

(Young Adult Scholar not pictured: Ricardo Manzano from Mexico.)

Melissa Cole
Melissa is from Boganville, Georgia, USA. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with her BA (2011), worked as a librarian at Saint Michael Indian School (2011-2014), and graduated from Harvard Divinity School with her Master of Divinity (2017). She is Roman Catholic, and she lives/studies interfaith dialogue, embodied spirituality, and pilgrimage.
James Shelton Nalley
Shelton is a student at Georgetown University completing his doctorate in Comparative Theology, focusing on Islam and Christianity. A Catholic from North Carolina, Shelton describes his own spiritual growth as nourished by the deep rivers of both Catholicism and Islam, primarily by St. Thomas Aquinas and Ibn al-ʿArabī. 
Emily Farthing
​Emily has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She produces large-scale events for the City of Eugene in Oregon, and in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Her most recent work is a study on the inhibition of gentrification while creating co-living and co-working spaces for digital nomads in non-traditional spaces. She believes that creating dynamic community events has the power to unite people across class, faith, cultural and racial divides.
Mitual Daiyan
Mitual works with FableVision’s marketing team, Mitul’s background in divinity school, start-ups, and publishing is all rolled into her passion for storytelling and doing good in the world. It’s part of what drew her to the studio – it was an instant connection. Mitul was born in Bangladesh and grew up in New York City. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. While studying education policy through an international lens, she began to focus on the extent to which religion and culture play in the education of young girls and women. During her freshman year, she co-founded Intellect Tutorial, an agency in Queens that serves low-income immigrants. Mitul went on to work in the publishing industry including the Education Consulting department at Scholastic. Wanting to further develop her understanding of the role that religion plays in the ethical and political developments of regions and countries, Mitul frequently takes courses across many of the Harvard schools.  She plans to use the knowledge and skills she acquired from working in the education and nonprofit sectors to aid in the education of and training for underprivileged women through the private sector. She is currently focused on studying how businesses can be both socially responsible and profitable. Whenever she some free time, Mitul enjoys biking through the New England area and taking in any and every opportunity to be near the water.
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