New York Universityâ€™s Imam Khalid Latif shared the Temple of Understandingâ€™s annual award along with Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, who leads the Jewish Learning Fellowship at New York University, NYU Imam Khalid Latif and Clinton, the daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. They were awarded for their work in â€œadvancing a new model of integrating interfaith and cross cultural education into campus life,â€ through NYUâ€™s Centre for Spiritual Life. The centre is is a multifaith initiative to enhance the educational experience by fostering a community of scholars who support religious expression, leadership, integrity, mutual respect and open dialogue. It seeks to provide a safe environment for all students to grow, explore and deepen their own beliefs and values.
Imam Khalid Latif (OM Leadership Team) is a University Chaplain for NYU, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. In 2007, Imam Latif became the youngest chaplain in the history of the NYC Police Department at the age of 24. Latif has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post, BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Colbert Report, and Time. Imam Latif has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the UN Temple of Understanding (2010), one of 100 NYC Luminaries by the NY Public Library (2011), one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown Universityâ€™s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2009 & 2010), a Millennial Leader for Social Justice by Auburn Seminary (2011), and he was recently featured in the Christian Science Monitorâ€™s â€œ30 under 30â€ list (2012).