Executive & Professional Education

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We are educators with decades of experience convening diverse individuals and communities in dialogue and collaboration supporting religious diversity. We help leaders understand religious differences and provide training on supporting and accommodating those differences.

As seen in the Hartford Business Journal
Rebranded Hartford Seminary to Help Businesses Include Religion in Workplace Diversity Discussion


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Our corporate workshops are tailored to your needs. We offer training, tools, and frameworks for building inclusive cultures that recognize religion as an essential element of diversity. Attract and retain top talent by creating an environment where individuals bring their multiple identities—including their spirituality, faith, beliefs, and practices—to work.

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Healthcare professionals navigate cultural and religious diversity daily. We can help healthcare providers explore religion-related issues necessary to best provide effective care for the patient populations served.

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Typically, the student body, staff, and faculty of institutions of secondary and higher education are religiously diverse. Our workshops help students, faculty, and staff understand and appreciate the implications of religious diversity on campus.

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Religious Organizations

Our workshops enable religious leaders to help their faith communities forge ties, deepen understanding and work together for peace and justice across religious difference.

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Meet Our Team

Katy O'Leary

Director of Executive and Professional Education

Prior to leading HIU’s Executive and Professional Education, she led a Dementia Friendly America Community Initiative in CT. Katy also spent many years directing programs at Leadership Greater Hartford.

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Lucinda Mosher

Senior Scholar for Executive and Professional Education, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies, Co-Director, MA in Chaplaincy Senior Scholar, Executive and Professional Education

Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D., is the senior scholar for Executive and Professional Education, as well as Faculty Associate in Chaplaincy and Interreligious Studies and co-director of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy program. 

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Aida Mansoor

Director of Field Education

Aida Mansoor is the Director of Field Education at Hartford International.  She also serves in the community and works with the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford.

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Deena Grant

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

An observant Jewish scholar, Dr. Grant values studying and teaching the Hebrew Bible from a historical-critical perspective and also as it is interpreted and lived out by faith communities. She is currently working on the concept of hate in the Hebrew Bible and has published a Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible, which explores varying expressions of God’s anger across major biblical collections.

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Hossein Kamaly

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Hossein Kamaly holds the Imam Ali Chair in Shia Studies and Dialog Among Islamic Schools of Thought at the Hartford Seminary, as of 2019. Before obtaining his PhD (2004) and MA (2001), both in history from Columbia University, he had earned an MSc degree in Mathematics, Statistics, and Operations Research from New York University.

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Timur Yuskaev

Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam

Dr. Timur R. Yuskaev is Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam, Co-Editor of The Muslim World journal, and Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary. 

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Vanessa Avery

Executive and Professional Education Fellow

Vanessa Avery is Executive Director of Sharing Sacred Spaces, Lecturer in Interreligious Engagement at Yale Divinity School, a Hartford International Executive and Professional Education Fellow, and former Senior Associate in Diversity with Cambridge Hill Partners. 

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Jawad Bayat

Executive and Professional Education Fellow

Chaplain Jawad Bayat, an ACPE Certified Educator, is Manager of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health in Princeton, N.J.

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