Rev. Chris Howson

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee

Diversity Champion Award for Education Sector

Chris joined the University of Sunderland three years ago as the University Chaplain with the specific objective of bringing together the diverse student population and connecting them with the outside world. Chris was the driving force behind the opening of the Interfaith Centre, making a significant impact on the University by connecting people of all faiths and religions under one roof, and offering a place to pray, meet, learn and debate. In addition, Chris has personally set up a number of activities to make a difference, including but not limited to creating a Muslim, Christian Forum, and providing space for asylum seekers to seek sanctuary and learning. Chris has embodied the Universities vision for an open and accessible Chaplaincy, which truly embraces diversity of belief and faith. Under his leadership, a rejuvenated Chaplaincy team has visibly connected with the University and Civic communities. Chris has achieved this in a supportive and enlightened way, reflecting and actively “living” the values of the University.

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