Salman Safir, Co-President
Salman (he/him) is a third year Master of Divinity student at the Divinity School where he focuses on Shi’i Islam and mental health. Before coming to The University of Chicago, Salman graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in Educational Studies and Psychology. He also spent time at Yale-NUS College in Singapore working as a Dean’s Fellow and Associate in Intercultural Engagement. In addition his work on DSA, he has previously served as a Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Educator and on the student advisory board for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA). He is originally from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ohio. Come meet with him, as he’d love to treat you for coffee or tea!
Sierra Meszaros, Co-President
Sierra (She/her) is a second year MA at the Divinity School, working predominantly in the Anthropology and History of religion with an emphasis on contemporary American Judaism. Before coming to Chicago, She received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno and immediately ditched “adulting” to go to summer camp. She spent two years working at URJ Camp Newman, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Northern California, where she now serves on the board of directors. Sierra is passionate about youth and teen leadership, musical theater, television, the color pink, and unicorns. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now calls Northern Nevada her home. She is so excited to serve the Divinity school community, alongside her friends and peers, and hopes that you’ll call on her, because she also wants to treat you to coffee or tea.
Lijia Xie, Treasurer
Lijia (he/him) is a second year Master of Divinity student primarily interested in theology. Before Chicago, he studied computer science and statistics at Harvard University as an undergrad, and afterwards worked as a software engineer / applied researcher at eBay in NYC. In college, he also served as the Financial Manager of his choir, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. Outside of school, Lijia spends most of his time playing video games, singing in choir, shooting pool, or finding new rabbit holes on YouTube while procrastinating.
Brigid Boll, Secretary
Brigid (she/her) is a second year MA at the Divinity School. Settled at the intersection of Anthropology, Religious Studies, and South Asian studies, she aims to pursue research surrounding yoga, race, and gender. Originally from Weehawken, NJ she completed her undergraduate degree at Bard College and worked as a brand strategist before returning to the academy. She loves fostering community and is always around for a cup of coffee!
Bonnie Scott, Graduate Council Representative
Bonnie (she/her) is a first year Master of Divinity student. Before coming to Swift Hall, she did a variety of things, from working with refugees in Lesvos, Greece to teaching elementary school students and plants and nutrition on a farm in Kentucky. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland where she studied the great books and wrote a thesis on Sappho’s fragments. She is currently seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church and thinking late into the night about what it is that makes a space sacred or holy.
Olga Leitch, Funding Chair
Olga (she for her 4 kids and for anyone else who is comfortable to see this being in that way) is a second year MA ( philosophy of religion) student. She is a practicing Mahayana buddhist in Karma Kagyu tradition. In Illinois, she is affiliated with HH the 16th Karmapa Center in Zion, serving as a crowdfunding manager. Olga has a BA in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Olga is of Siberian descent, she is Buryat, and grew up on the shores of lake Baikal. In philosophy, Olga “has” a non-representationalist “position”.
Sarah Zuniga, Wellness Chair
Sarah (she/they) is a thirst year Master of Divinity student and Disciples Divinity House Scholar. She is pursuing ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sarah has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Philosophy/Religion from Eureka College. Their thesis work focuses on QTBIPOC tattooing communities, examining tattooing as ritual and healing. They are also on the Leadership Team of DivOUT. Sarah takes pride in their cast iron, fountain pens, and houseplants.
The officers, representatives, and chairs serve two-year terms on the board. New officers are selected during the spring quarter for the subsequent academic year.