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Joel Harter

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work

121 Anabel Taylor Hall | Ithaca, New York | 14853

Joel Harter (he/him) is the Director of the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) and convenes the multifaith team of affiliated chaplains and spiritual leaders who form Cornell United Religious Work (CURW). Joel is a progressive Christian, a welcoming and LGBTQ+ affirming American Baptist, and a certified teacher with the Mindfulness Institute for Emerging Adults. Joel has graduate degrees in literature and religion from Northwestern University, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Chicago. 

Joel has a passion for supporting the spiritual wellness of students, both religious and nonreligious, wherever they are on their personal journey. Contact Joel if you have any questions about religious observance accommodations, if you need help finding a spiritual community on campus, if you’re interested in forming a new student group, or just to talk about life’s bigger or smaller questions.