Chan Division News
Varun Soni to keynote 2018 commencement
Mar 5, 2018, in General News
By Bryan Kang MA ’18
In his role as Vice Provost, Soni has been a leader in promoting wellness for USC’s campus communities including faculty, staff and the undergraduate and graduate student bodies. Soni champions effective mental health and wellness services, harm-reduction initiatives and prevention strategies — including Lifestyle Redesign services offered through the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice — for improving the health and wellness of the Trojan community.
As Dean of Religious Life, Soni coordinates spiritual and scholarly resources to foster moral and ethical leadership throughout the university. He works with more than 90 student religious groups, and oversees community service initiatives as well as events dedicated to exploring religion and spirituality.
Prior to his service at USC, Soni received his bachelor’s degree in religion with a minor in Asian studies from Tufts University. He received a Master of Theological Studies degree at Harvard Divinity School and a master’s degree in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Soni also earned his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law, and his Ph.D. degree through the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town with research focusing on religion and pop culture.
With a wide-ranging background in religious studies, Soni is recognized as a national interfaith leader, critically acclaimed author and prolific public speaker who looks to deepen understandings of religion and foster unity on a broader scale.
The 2018 commencement ceremony for the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will begin at 11 a.m. at Leavey Library West on USC’s University Park Campus.