The Interfaith Campus Council consists of members of structured partnerships with local Central Coast faith communities that coordinate and provide staff or volunteers for various college ministries spanning across four major world religions. The campus chaplains nurture the spiritual and ethical lives of students, faculty, and staff and help them to engage across differences with other communities. Each chaplain listed below works to uphold the ethical framework of the Interfaith Campus Council and honors religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare, and the religious and spiritual traditions of every person to whom they minister.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
- Henry Nouwen
(805) 756 - 7625
BRADLEY KYKER (He/Him/His)
Chair for the Interfaith Campus Council
Bradley serves as the senior coordinator for the Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly, where he manages all community-based service-learning placements and global service project trips. In addition, Bradley has been a member of the Interfaith Campus Council since 2017, and chairs the quarterly gatherings. Bradley is passionate about engaging and partnering with local faith communities to benefit students.
A singer since childhood, Bradley has sung with many local choral programs, including the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and OperaSLO.
MS in Counseling for Student Development in Higher Education, CSU Long Beach
BS in Human Developmental Psychology, Cal Poly
“Prophets believe that what they proclaim on any day can be transformed into real action.”
- Dr. William J. Barber II
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SAMUEL NEIL BYRD (ANY PRONOUNS)
Chair for Interfaith Outreach, EQUITY & Inclusion
Samuel serves as a Lead Coordinator in Student Diversity & Belonging, where they work to create an accessible, equitable and culturally rich environment at Cal Poly for underrepresented students. Samuel works with the Interfaith Campus Council to develop spiritual life and promote practices of inclusion through outreach, equity and inclusion. Outside of work, Samuel is highly engaged in social justice and interfaith initiatives across the central coast, currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the GALA Pride & Diversity Center, the Growing Together Committee for the Community Foundation, the Police and Community Together Task Force with San Luis Obispo Police Department, #OUT4Mental Health, the Diversity Council of Sierra Vista and Twin Cities Hospitals, and the Board of Trustees for the El Camino Real Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Samuel's academic expertise is in clinical mental health, higher education, and Queer, Womxnist, and Postcolonial Theology.
MTS in Queer, Womxnist & Postcolonial Theology, Pacific School of Religion
MED in College Counseling & Student Development, NC State University
BS in Middle Grades Education, Appalachian State University
Certificate in Religious Studies, Richmond International University- Rome, Italy