Congratulations to M.Div. student  Sondos Kholaki who was named one of 13 seminary and divinity school students chosen for the 2018 Seminary Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)! This summer Sondos will travel to Germany and Poland to participate in a two-week program, which uses the conduct of clergy and religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics.

Now in its ninth year, FASPE provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in five fields (business, journalism, law, medicine and seminary) in an intensive course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their professions. To date, FASPE has nearly 450 alumni/ae across its five programs. Sondos joins a diverse group of 64 FASPE fellows across all five programs who were chosen through a competitive process that drew applicants from across the U.S. and the world.

She said, “I am interested in FASPE because I want to better equip myself with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead by ethics, not by lack of courage or fear.” Sondos earned a BA in English from UCLA, and served as president of the board of directors at the Islamic Center of Irvine in Irvine, CA. In December 2017, she graduated from Hoag Hospital’s CPE program where she served as the first Muslim chaplain ministering to all faiths and educating staff and volunteers on Islamic spiritual care.

To learn more about FASPE and its programs, visit www.faspe-ethics.org.