Religious Life Scholars

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life’s Religious Life Scholars are a select group of Ph.D. students and graduates who represent the five major religions and faith traditions at Emory, who gather to engage in fruitful dialogue across the boundaries of their traditions, and seek to gain insight on the advising of students in religious life studies. 

Our Religious Life Scholars represent the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim traditions.   The Scholars represent their respective faith traditions with prayers and blessings at key Emory events such as convocations and baccalaureate services, and other events that are special in the life of each tradition.

The Religious Life Scholars serve as a bridge between the practice of religion in the campus community and formal religious study.  The Scholars also seek to build relationships with the student groups who are part of their respective faith communities, and with students who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of their own religious traditions.

Some of our Religious Life Scholars represent traditions that do not have formal hierarchal structures in place which would serve as a liaison between the faith and the community.  In those cases, the Scholars serve as Religious Advisors on behalf of the university for the students who are part of their faith community on campus.


Dr. Isam Vaid
Religious Life Scholar - Muslim
Emory University, Religious Life Office
E226 Dobbs University Center (DUC)
P.O. Drawer A
e-mail: isam.vaid@emory.edu
404.712.9102;
404.727.0738 (fax)

Marianne Parrish Florian, M.A., M.T.S.
Religious Life Scholar - Buddhist
Emory University, Religious Life Office
P.O. Drawer A
e-mail: mfloria@emory.edu 

Mr. Ved Patel
Religious Life Scholar - Hindu
Emory University, Religious Life Office
P.O. Drawer A
e-mail: ved.patel@emory.edu