Open Letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt


We are Deans and Directors of college and university religious and spiritual life departments charged with nurturing the religious, spiritual, and moral integrity of the next generation of Americans. We represent a multitude of faith backgrounds, spiritual identities, and humanist allegiances.


Together, we extend this letter calling upon the United States government to honor the commitments it made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. More broadly, we encourage the U.S. to continue engaging in international talks and actions as well as domestic measures to mitigate the human-made impact on climate change.  


We lift up the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions Interfaith Call to Action on Climate Change: “The damaging impacts of climate change are already extensive...If human behavior does not change, these impacts will become far more extreme, resulting in turmoil and suffering on an enormous scale with immense harm to both humans and other forms of life. People affected are, and will be, disproportionately the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable, including women and children—those who have done least to create this crisis. This is a massive injustice.”


Putting America First necessarily relies upon a smart and collaborative Together for Earth approach. As college and university professionals of conscience, we call for the U.S. government to take action to ensure a livable planet for future generations by aligning American national interest with policy that supports global environmental well-being. Your support for these initiatives is a critical investment in the future of the millions of students we serve.  



Rev. Jane Ellen Nickell, College Chaplain

Allegheny College, PA


Rev. Mark A. Schaefer, University Chaplain

American University, DC


Paul V. Sorrentino, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Protestant Advisor

Amherst College, MA


Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry

Bellarmine University, KY


Rev. Dr. Robin Olson, Director, Spiritual Life Center

Bentley University, MA


The Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of the University and

Director of the Office of Chaplains & Religious Life

Brown University, RI


Akua Kankam, Assistant Director of University Ministry

Cardinal Stritch University, WI


Rev. Carolyn Fure-Slocum, Chaplain of the College

Carleton College, MN


Rev. Rick Axtell, College Chaplain

Centre College, KY


Gail J. Stearns, Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center

Chapman University, CA


Deacon Mark Shiner, University Chaplain & Catholic Campus Minister

Colgate University, NY


Matthew Shields, Director for Mission and Ministry

College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY


Rev. Dr. Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr., Director, Cornell United Religious Work

Cornell University, NY


Reverend Kate Smanik, Assistant Dean of Students for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice 

DePauw University, IN


Brian Martin Burkholder, University Campus Pastor and Director of Campus Ministries

Eastern Mennonite University, VA


Douglas McMahon Jr, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain 

Eckerd College, FL


Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life & Campus Chaplain

Emerson College, MA


Rev. Lisa Garvin, Associate Dean of the Chapel & Religious Life

Emory University, GA


Rev. Shirley Oskamp, Campus Chaplain

Green Mountain College, VT


Rev. Siri C. Erickson, Chaplain of the College

Gustavus Adolphus College, MN


Rev. Jeffrey H. McArn, College Chaplain

Hamilton College, NY


Liza Neal, Director of Spiritual Life

Hampshire College, MA


Lucy A. Forster-Smith, Sedgwick Chaplain to the University 

Harvard University, MA


Kerry Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Harvard Divinity School, MA


Paul Sittason Stark, Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, Civic Engagement and Church Relations

Heidelberg University, OH


Maurice Charles, Chaplain of the Colleges


Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY


Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger, University Chaplain

Illinois Wesleyan University, IL


Rev. Alex Hendrickson, College Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

Lafayette College, PA


Thomas M. Andino, Interim Director, Office of Campus Ministry

Le Moyne College, NY


Kelly J. Stone, Chaplain and Associate Dean 

Macalester College, MN


Rev. Pam Sebastian, Campus Chaplain

Missouri Valley College, MO


Rev. Dr. Teri M. Ott, Chaplain

Monmouth College, IL


Annette M. McDermott, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Mount Holyoke College, MA


Yael L. Shy, Senior Director, Global Spiritual Life at New York University

New York University, NY


Rev. Eric Doolittle, College Chaplain

North Central College, IL


Rev. David F.H. Dorsey, Multifaith Chaplain & Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

Oberlin College, OH 


Daniel P. Leahy, Director, Center for Ministry and Service

Regis University, MA


Rev. Kim Woeste, College Chaplain/Director of Spiritual Life and Church Relations

Rocky Mountain College, MT


Rev. Dr. Justin Allen, Dean of Spiritual Life

Shenandoah University, VA


Bonnie-Jeanne Casey, Director of Spiritual Life

Simmons College, MA


Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Smith College, MA


Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life

Stanford University, CA


Joyce U. Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Swarthmore College, PA


Rev. Dr. Phil Rogers, Campus Minister, Associate Dean of Students

The College of Idaho, ID


Stephen Nickle, University Chaplain

Trinity University, TX


Reverend David K. Miller, College Minister

Union College, KY


Rev. Sandy J. Damhof, Director, Protestant Campus Ministry at The Interfaith Center

University at Albany, NY


Rev. Teresa Cowan Jones, Interim Pastor, Church of the Painted Hills UCC

University Religious Council Member, University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ


Randi Kisiel, Executive Director, Little Chapel of All Nations

University Religious Council Member, University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ


Emily Marderness, Spiritual Seekers President

University Religious Council Member, University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ


Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life

University of Southern California, CA 


Jeffrey Scholes, Director, Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

University of Colorado, CO


Zandra Wagoner, University Chaplain 

University of La Verne, CA


Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow, Director, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA


Rev. Marty CashBurless, University Chaplain

University of Mount Union, OH


Rev. Charles L. Howard, University Chaplain

University of Pennsylvania, PA


Rob Musick, Chaplain/Instructor of Religion

University of Pikeville, KY


The Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, Director, Religious and Spiritual Life

University of Rochester, NY


Lillie Romeiser, Director of Campus Ministry, Saint Paul's Newman Center

University of Wyoming, WY


Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Wesleyan University, CT