About the Program Manager – Emiola Oriola
Hailing from Nigeria by way of the DMV and now Pittsburgh, Emiola Jay Oriola is the founding Program Manager for the brand new Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh. In his role, Emiola has been charged with creating the overall skeleton and framework for the office, managing its day to day operations, developing, implementing, and executing the vision and mission of the office, and representing the office and University both on campus and abroad regarding interfaith matters. He received his Bachelors from University of Pittsburgh, his Masters from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh as well.
Emiola came to the office after serving for a few years as the Associate Director of the Investing Now program, a pre-college STEM program based in the Swanson School of Engineering. He is an itinerant minister, mentor, author, a spoken word artist/poet, philanthropist, and most of all, a lover of people. Emiola strives to proactively build unity in diversity wherever he goes. He believes the core of every campus must be community, the heartbeat of every community must be the people, and mutual understanding and actual relationship must be the blood that brings life to all community members.
Emiola is the 2014 recipient of the Black Prestige Community Leader Award, 2015 Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh honoree, a 2016 One Young World US Ambassador and Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 40 Under 40 awardee, a 2017 recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence award, a 2018 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Leadership Award for exceptional leadership to INVESTING NOW students and families, a 2019 recipient of the Rising African American Leader Award from the African American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh, and a 2020 Interfaith Youth Core We Are Each Other’s Harvest Awardee.