Who is the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life?

The Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life is responsible for coordinating religious and spiritual life at Wellesley College. In this work the Dean does not represent any one religious tradition, but rather oversees religious and spiritual life on campus including religious-specific programs, interreligious understanding, dialogue and conflict transformation with pastoral care; coordinates educational programs on moral, ethical, religious and spiritual issues and leads multi-faith community worship opportunities throughout the year. The Dean also acts as a liaison to religious groups on campus, in the town of Wellesley and in the Greater Boston area and is involved nationally and internationally in issues of religious diversity, dialogue and peacemaking.

What is the Religious and Spiritual Life Team?

The Religious and Spiritual Life Team is comprised of chaplains and advisors representing Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant (Christian), Roman Catholic (Christian) and Unitarian Universalist traditions. Together with the Dean and administrative staff, this team fosters religious, spiritual, and ethical life at Wellesley. Through their collective work, the team models a new way of working towards common goals while respecting and celebrating difference and diversity.

The Religious and Spiritual Life Team offers a calm, compassionate presence on campus focused on relationship-building, listening, and creating spaces for students to be and to become their full, authentic selves for the benefit of each person, our community, and our world. The team does this by offering opportunities for contemplative practice, meaning-making, spiritual seeking, and wellness rooted in religious and non-religious wisdom traditions and multifaith collaboration. 

Chaplains and advisors serve students of all faith traditions and philosophical worldviews. Students need not identify with any tradition to seek out the support of chaplains and advisors. 

All members of the Religious and Spiritual Life Team are confidential resources, meaning they do not share identifiable information without permission, unless sharing is required to address an imminent safety risk or if you are a minor. Chaplains and advisors can support students through both acute crises and emerging life transitions. To make an appointment with a chaplain, simply send them an email or call the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. 

The Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Tiffany Steinwert, Ph.D.


Billings 210


Paula Budlong                                                                  

Assistant to the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life      

Yolanda Tong

Finance and Scheduling Coordinator


Amira Quraishi                                                             

Muslim Chaplain                                                           


Kotatsu John Bailes

Buddhist Chaplain

Emily Jendzejec

Catholic Chaplain, Director of Newman Ministry         

Joanna Lubkin                                                     

Unitarian Universalist Chaplain                                    


Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank                                           

Campus Rabbi and Director of Hillel                               

Shrestha Singh

Hindu Chaplain


Protestant Chaplain                                         

Sarah Robbins-Cole                                     

Betsy Wooster

Protestant Chaplaincy Fellow