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Jon Hurst is a first-year Master of Divinity student at Iliff School of Theology. He is a recent transplant to Denver from New York City and a self-describe educator, artist, lover, and diasporic soul. Prior to joining the Iliff community, Jon has held various leadership positions in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs with focused work in the areas of Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as well as experiential learning, Intercultural education, and Identity development.
He holds a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University at Buffalo and a BA in Journalism from Central State University. Along with his student affairs background, he brings a deep love for the intersection of art and spirituality. This passion and interest led to the creation of Savor Soul Productions, an arts initiative committed to producing inspired art opportunities that celebrate and explore pathways to healing, spiritual awakening, and overall well-being. While at Iliff, Jon plans to future examine ways critical, yet creative spiritual ritual formations can contest cultural biases within faith communities allowing for a re-imagining and the re-claiming of narratives that honor the inherent worth and dignity of all God’s creations.
David Keeya, an international student from Uganda, is pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology. He selected Iliff for his graduate studies as he looks forward to experiencing the institution’s diverse community and welcoming environment for students from other denominations. Raised in Kampala in a United Methodist devoted Christian home, David has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Uganda Christian University. Upon finishing his graduate studies at Iliff, David plans to serve as a coordinator with the Uganda South Sudan Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also hopes to set up a nonprofit organization that can help to provide hands-on skills to the vulnerable people of the annual conference and the entire country.
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