Colgate Univ. Appoints First Muslim Chaplain

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The New York-based Colgate University has appointed Ahmed Çelik as its first campus imam and student adviser to serve as a spiritual and intellectual resource for students of all faiths.


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“I’m honored with such a position of being the first Muslim chaplain at Colgate. I like the way that Colgate’s staff and students know each other, relate to each other, and the way they interact with each other,” said Çelik, The Colgate Maroon News reported.

He added, “I think it’s going to be good for me to be a part of such a relatively small community, and I also like working with students.”

“I also know that I have the kind of academic and theoretical background [for] such a position.”

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Çelik, a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in religion and Middle Eastern studies at Syracuse University, will also serve as the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA).

Vice President and Dean of the College Paul McLoughlin announced Çelik’s appointment via email on June 3.

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