Dr. J. Cody Nielsen
Founder and Executive DirectorCompany: Convergence on Campus
Role: Session Presenter
2020 Conference Session:
Religious, Secular and Spiritual Identities and the Necessity of Equitable Policies and Practices
Dr. J. Cody Nielsen is founder and executive director of Convergence on Campus. Cody previously served as multifaith coordinator at the University of Guelph, expert in residence for Religious, Secular and Spiritual Initiatives at NASPA, and is former president of the National Campus Ministry Association.
Cody’s passion lies at the intersection of civil rights and religious, secular and spiritual identities. Cody holds a PhD in higher education administration at Iowa State University and holds master’s degrees in mental health counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His dissertation focuses on understanding the institutional policy and practices necessary to support religious, secular and spiritual diversity within higher education in the United States and Canada.
He offers consultation for universities regarding strategic thinking around religious, secular and spiritual identity. Cody’s 2013-2015 study Multifaith in Higher Education, a Louisville Foundation-funded initiative, explores 150 public and private universities in the United States and Canada regarding their policies, practices and initiatives to support campus climates.
Cody has a 5-year-old son, Levi, and tries to stay active as a runner and biker.