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About Cornell United Religious Work

Meet the Team

Oliver Goodrich

Associate Dean for Spirituality and Meaning Making
Director, Cornell United Religious Work 
(607) 255-6003 

Oliver serves as the Associate Dean for Spirituality and Meaning Making and Director of Cornell United Religious Work providing leadership for the growth of dynamic interfaith, spiritual, and meaning making programs. Additionally, he provides oversight and support to Cornell United Religious Work, Cornell’s long-running chaplaincy program that facilitates the campus engagement and community building of 24 spiritual and faith leaders.

Oliver earned his B.M. in Voice Performance from Gordon College and his M.Ed. in Religious Education from Boston College. Prior to Cornell, Oliver was the Faith Formation Campus Minister at Loyola University Chicago, where he was instrumental in building a vibrant community of faith-sharing groups and developing popular multifaith retreat opportunities for students. He has held numerous other positions in student leadership development, first year experience, and music ministry.

Oliver is an avid runner and is tackling a personal goal of running a marathon in every state. When not running, Oliver can be found singing, cooking, bird-watching, and spending time with his partner, Will and their rescue dog, Shadow.

Valerie Foster

Valerie Foster

Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-6002

Valerie holds a Ph.D. in International Development Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and works as the Administrative Assistant on behalf of the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW). Valerie’s research focuses on the interconnections of gendered vulnerability to poverty, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and climate variability in East Africa, and she applies that knowledge to domestic and local contexts, inside and outside the office. Experienced in working with people from a variety of cultural, linguistic, age, socio-economic and developmental backgrounds, Valerie enjoys helping learners on their respective paths. Valerie has two children, and enjoys reading, writing, languages, nature, travel and working collaboratively to make a positive impact.

Meet the Cornell United Religious Work Chaplains

Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making (OSMM), housed in Anabel Taylor Hall, is comprised of over twenty-five affiliated chaplaincies, offers programs of worship, study, and social life, as well as opportunities for students to engage in interfaith dialogue.