Meet the Chaplains and Staff
The Interfaith Chaplaincy at the Claremont Colleges affirms the importance of the religious and spiritual dimension of life within the academic community and the significant role of training future leaders for service and society. McAlister Center welcomes students representing the diversity of world religions and traditions from across the seven campuses and advances unique opportunities for interfaith dialogue, service learning, and collaborative programming.
The Chaplains honor the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare and the diversity of beliefs represented in the Claremont Colleges community and are committed to creating a safe and open environment for students to learn about their own faith paths and listen respectfully to those who believe differently.
The Chaplains are available for counseling, spiritual direction, consultation on internship and post-graduate opportunities in social justice settings (both faith based and secular), textual study, and ritual development for life cycle experiences. We are available to all members of the campus community for assistance at any time.
- Father Joseph Fenton, Chaplain
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After attending seminary at the Catholic University of America, he took an M.A. in journalism and public affairs from the American University, Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in history and theology from the Catholic University of America. He has produced radio and television programs and documentaries for American and British networks and has served as the American Catholic Bishops liaison with ABC, NBC News, and CBS-TV. He recently served as Director of Media Relations for the Diocese of Orange County, CA.
- Rabbi Daveen Litwin, Chaplain
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Rabbi Daveen Litwin graduated at Brandeis University where she majored in English and American Literature, Sociology, and minored in Women’s Studies. She received her Master’s of Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Litwin served as the Hillel Director at the University of Kansas and as the Campus Rabbi at Grinnell College. In addition, Rabbi Litwin was the spiritual leader of congregations in Massachusetts and Canada. She loves working with students and is thrilled to be here as Chaplain and Hillel Director of the Claremont Colleges.
- Reverend Brad Tharpe, Chaplain
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Prior to joining the Consortium, Brad served as Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program and as Administrative Director of The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society at Wake Forest University. Both the academic center and graduate program are designed to facilitate ethical exploration, analysis, and research by persons working in health care, biotechnology, and the basic sciences. From 2004–2008, Brad worked as college chaplain and Director of the Office of Spiritual Life at DePauw University and served as Associate Pastor of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle, Indiana. Prior to that time, he was Assistant Director of the Pro Humanitate Center at Wake Forest University, where he facilitated vocational discernment among students, faculty, and staff. Brad also has served in a variety of congregational settings and is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Chaplains.
- Dawn Bunch, Administrative Assistant
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- Ariel Carpenter, Community Service Coordinator
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Ms. Carpenter is pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education at Claremont Graduate University. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Wake Forest University. Ms. Carpenter comes to us with a strong background in the organization and development of volunteer and community service programs. Most recently, she held the position of Service Learning Coordinator and Student Life Instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC. Ms. Carpenter also served as a Match Support Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Durham, NC and as a Public Ally at the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina in Raleigh and Durham, NC.