While Washington and Lee University is a non-sectarian institution, we realize that spirituality is a part of a student's holistic development. We provide programs, resources, and spaces for all students to learn, grow, and explore.
Religious Life Staff
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
Email Chad Baron
Chad has been working in youth and young adult ministry for over six years. This past year, ministry called him to San Jose, California, where he served as a Campus Ministry and Academic Support Coordinator for Cristo Rey High School. The beautiful sunshine almost convinced him to stay, but he prefers the more exciting weather Virginia has to offer. Chad loves the outdoors and you will often find him hiking or climbing somewhere in the hills. He is excited to continue his work in ministry at Washington and Lee, as he strives to support the spiritual growth and nourishment of those on campus.
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Email Jennifer Hagin
Jennifer has 15 years experience developing student leaders through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She enjoys equipping people to study the Bible for themselves and engaging with hard questions that come up when investigating Christianity or trying to live it out in the modern world. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and has a MA in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College. For fun she enjoys running, hiking area mountains and cooking with friends.
Campus Muslim Student Advisor
Email Mohamed Kamara
Mohamed is Associate Professor of French at Washington and Lee and the current Head of the Africana Studies Program. Mohamed's teaching and research interests include French language as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures, with specific focus on African and Eighteenth century French women writers, colonial education and human rights. Mohamed is also a founding member of Rockbridge Interfaith. As faculty advisor to campus Muslim students, he is a member of the Religious Staff in the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. Mohamed is married to Tida Drame and has two children, Adama and Musa, both of whom are in college.
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister
Email Lewis Lovett
Lewis and his wife, Maggie (W&L Class of '07) have lived in Lexington since May of 2015. Lewis is a graduate of Wofford College and Covenant Theological Seminary. The Lovetts have three daughters: Ellie Kate (5), Ruthie (4), and Caroline (1). When they're not spending time with college students, the Lovetts enjoy playing in the mountains and enjoying good food with good friends! They love living back in Lexington where Lewis and Maggie got married in Lee Chapel in 2008.
Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life
Email Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Margaret (Maggie) serves as a member of the Student Affairs professional staff and is responsible for advising Jewish student organizations and developing programming that enhances the Jewish student experience. In addition, Maggie oversees the day-to-day operation of the Hillel House. Maggie serves as a member of the university's campus ministry team under the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, work with the Admissions office on recruitment of Jewish students, and the Development Office.
Campus Resources and Worship Rooms
The Interfaith Resource Center is located in the Hillel House on the second floor. The center has resources about different world religions and is open to anyone of any religion. It also provides a place for students to meet with their faith leaders and a place for students to meet with other students of different religions
The 7,000 square foot LEED-certified Hillel House opened in September 2010. The facility includes the E Café, a Kosher dairy dining facility with indoor and outdoor seating, a sanctuary/multipurpose room, free student Wi-Fi, comfortable study spaces, a lounge area with cable television and state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
A dedicated and consecrated room set aside for prayer, contemplation and meditation, located in Elrod Commons Room 319. It is available for individuals during regular Elrod Commons hours and may be reserved in advance for small group gatherings.