Rediet Negede Lewi, Student Interfaith Leader

Rediet Negede Lewi ('19) is a psychology major, a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, and co-president of the CSB/SJU chapter of Psi-Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology. She was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, where she lived until the age of fourteen. In 2010 she moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she attended high school at the International School of Tanganyika (IST). Rediet is a member of the Ethiopian Catholic Church. "My faith and my religion have always been at the core of my life," she says. "They have been the main constants through many changes so they are my source of strength and guidance." During her four years at IST, Rediet had the chance to interact and grow in friendship with students from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds. She claims that it was such encounters that sparked her interest in interfaith dialogue and learning. "I have found that interfaith learning allows me to appreciate the greater grandeur of God's work," says Rediet. "Facilitating interfaith dialogue for me is about promoting love and understanding amongst all of God's beautiful creation." Rediet began working as a student interfaith leader for the Jay Phillips Center in the fall 2016 semester. She has also worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant in the CSB/SJU Department of Psychology and she served as a co-leader of an alternative spring break experience that focused on sex-trafficking awareness. For the summer of 2018 she received a CSB/SJU All-College Thesis Summer Fellowship for work on her senior thesis.