Rabbi Dena Bodian serves as Jewish chaplain and campus rabbi within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. As an authentic Jewish teacher and experienced interfaith chaplain, Rabbi Bodian is dedicated to building Jewish community through meaningful conversations, collaborative ventures, and innovative approaches to religious life. As an integral member of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life team, Rabbi Bodian works with colleagues across campus to create thoughtful spiritual-life programming, foster student wellness, and nurture inclusive excellence with students of all religious and nonreligious traditions.
Rabbi Bodian comes to us from Colgate University, where she spent seven years advising the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and atheist student groups as the associate university chaplain and director of Jewish life. While there, she led Jewish programming and participated in broader campus-wide initiatives, including Inter-Group Dialogue, the Yes Means Yes campaign, and faculty reading groups, as well as spearheaded the research, writing, and publication of a volume on the history of Jews at Colgate, marking the university’s bicentennial celebration. In addition to serving as a past president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, Rabbi Bodian has also supported the spiritual life of local Jewish communities in her role as rabbi. Rabbi Bodian received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, Ill., and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bryn Mawr College.