People

Eduardo Pazos, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Eduardo Pazos, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Eduardo Pazos is Bowdoin’s Director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life . He does not represent any one religious tradition, but rather guides and coordinates the faith groups on campus encouraging interfaith understanding, dialogue, and education. He is available for counseling on issues of ethics, faith, and spirituality. Eduardo also acts as a liaison between students and the religious leaders and faith communities in Brunswick and mid coast Maine.
Born and raised in Mexico, Eduardo moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston Baptist College and went on to earn a master’s degree at Yale Divinity School. After graduating from Yale, Eduardo went on to work in financial aid and adjunct teach at his alma mater. He later moved to Texas to work with immigrant families as a pastor and chaplain, where he provided pastoral counseling to students and parents in moments of crisis and led a Spanish speaking minsitry. Most recently he has worked in business and finance, but Eduardo maintained a connection to spiritual and religious life and education, adjunct teaching online courses titled Old and New Testament Survey, and Contemporary Worldviews.Eduardo and his wife, Nichole, reside locally in Maine with their two young daughters, Eden and Elena.
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Joy Segovia, Catholic Student Union Advisor

joy.segovia@portlanddiocese.org
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Lisa Vinikoor, Hillel Advisor

Lisa Vinikoor, Hillel Advisor

I was born and raised in Vermont and I’m thrilled to return to northern New England to serve as Bowdoin College’s Hillel Rabbi. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in History from Smith College, Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and most recently my Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Before entering the rabbinate, I worked for fourteen years in the Greater Boston area, first as an elementary school teacher and later as a social justice organizer. As a social justice organizer, I worked with a team to engage thousands of clergy and lay leaders in a campaign to win expanded access to quality, affordable healthcare for nearly half a million low income people in Massachusetts. I also organized a campaign to stop the devastating effects of home foreclosures in Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts. As Bowdoin’s rabbi, I support students in creating vibrant Jewish religious and cultural life here at Bowdoin.  I serve students in helping to build community, work for justice, explore various aspects of Judaism and engage in spiritual and religious practices.  When I’m not at Bowdoin, you can find me jogging, biking, cooking or trying to catch a glimpse of a moose or two in Baxter State park.  I also love to drink coffee and look forward meeting you for coffee or tea or at one of our events!

Contact Rabbi Vinikoor: lvinikoo@bowdoin.edu

https://bowdoinorient.com/2017/09/15/teacher-activist-rabbi-lisa-vinikoor-guides-hillel/

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Reza Jalali, Muslim Student Association Advisor

Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans (©2001by Elliott Robert Barkan) and named as one of Maine’s 50 leaders by Maine Magazine in 2016, is a writer, educator, and refugee activist. As a board director of Amnesty International, Jalali has led delegations to refugee camps in Turkey and Bosnia, and the United Nations conferences. In 1992, he visited the White House as part of a national delegation to discuss the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq.

Jalali wrote the Foreword to New Mainers, a book on immigrant’s experiences in Maine. His children’s book, Moon Watchers has received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Book. His books include Homesick Mosque and Other Stories and The Poets and the Assassin. Jalali has been included in 50 In 52 Journey, a national project to name “Americans who are problem-solvers, idea-generators in their communities, in their cities, and in their States and are moving America forward.”

Jalali has taught at the Bangor Theological Seminary and the University of Southern Maine. He has been featured in the National Public Radio’s nationally-acclaimed The Moth Radio Hour. He’s the co-curator of the Maine Historical Society’s 400 Years of New Mainers exhibition. Jalali is a faculty member of the USM Honors Program and advises Muslim students at Bowdoin College.

reza.jalali@maine.edu

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