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Office of Religious Life

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Varun Soni

Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and...

Jim Burklo

Reverend Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Reverend Burklo received his B.S. in Social Relations from UC Riverside, his M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and his ministerial ordination from the...

Sherry Caudle

Sherry Caudle is the Program Specialist at the Office of Religious Life. Sherry has been with the Office of Religious Life since 1997. Previously, she worked at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, where she was a Program Director in beginning aerobics, child...

Timothy Conley

Timothy Conley is the Front Office Coordinator for the Office of Religious Life. Timothy serves as assistant to the Dean and an advisor to the student organizations. Timothy is President and Producer with Shanti-TLC Productions and a Los Angeles based...

Kelby Harrison

Reverend Kelby Harrison is the Director of Spirituality and Sexuality at the University of Southern California. Reverend Harrison joined the Trojan Family in Spring of 2014 as the director of the LGBT Resource Center. She has a Ph.D. in ethics,...

Jaclyn Kalkhurst

Jaclyn Kalkhurst is the Director of Spirituality and the Arts at the University of Southern California. Jaclyn was born and raised in Hong Kong, SAR and came to the United States to go to USC. She received her B.F.A. in...

Shawn Sorenson

Shawn Sorenson is the Director of the Spirituality and Sports Program at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sorenson received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, where he was an academic all-conference long and triple jumper and assistant...

Sable Manson

Sable Manson is the Director of Residential Life for the Office of Religious Life. Born and raised in Southern California, Sable attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where she first became active in Campus Ministry and the CLC, small faith sharing...

Ali Mir

Ali Mir is the Director of Muslim Student Life at the University of Southern California. Ali is a graduate of the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and has over a decade of experience working with and for the...

Bharathwaj Nandakumar

Bharathwaj Nandakumar is the Director of Hindu Student Life at the University of Southern California. Bharathwaj is a graduate of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, where he completed his master's degree in Computer Science. While at USC as a graduate...

Joe Thackwell

Joe Thackwell is the Director of Ecumenical Christian Life at the University of Southern California. Joe received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. He served for five years as a youth pastor...

USC Office of Religious Life

University Park Campus
University Religious Center, Rm 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213)740-6110
orl@usc.edu

Health Sciences Campus
McKibben Hall, Rm 160
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213)740-6110
orl@usc.edu

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