Faith, Belief, and Religious Inclusion Subcommittee

Purpose

The Faith, Belief, and Religious Inclusion Subcommittee was born out of a question: How can CSU expand its knowledge and recognition of the diverse faith and belief communities on campus, particularly around the holidays? Over the course of 2017, this question grew into the current focus of the subcommittee: leading a university-wide effort to improve the faith and belief-based literacy of all university members through practical tools, education, and outreach. We believe that when all faculty, staff, and students feel that their faith and belief systems are respected and acknowledged, increased well-being and productivity result. The first project of the subcommittee, the Faith, Belief, and Religious Observances calendar, is both a tool for education and accommodation and scheduling purposes.

Membership

Committee members:

 

Chair: Elizabeth Sink, Senior Teaching Special Instructor in Communication Studies

Happy Bennett, Web Content Specialist with Web Communications at CSU

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, Manager of Resiliency and Well-Being for the Health Education and prevention Services Team at the CSU Health Network

John Henderson, Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of Parent and Family Programs for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Lisa Pappas, Associate Director of International Student & Scholar Services for the Office of International Programs

Bob Schur, Executive Director of the Department of Policy, Risk, & Environmental Programs

Alicia Sprague, Program Coordinator for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Peter Strening, Director of the Fort Collins Clinical Pastoral Education program in partnership with CSU

Atlas Tanudjaja, Spiritual Care Resident for the CSU Health Network

Ria Vigil, Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Organizational Practice for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports & Recommendations

Goals:

  • Promote the faith and belief-based literacy of all university members through practical tools, education, and outreach.
  • Assess current and ongoing needs of CSU’s faith and belief communities and make recommendations to the University in relation to observances, celebrations, practices, etc.  
  • Meet with university constituents and broader community members to develop and sustain a more welcoming and inclusive campus for all, regardless of faith, belief, and/or religious affiliation.
  • Research and implement interfaith best practices at CSU.
  • Manage a Faith, Belief, and Religious Observances calendar to educate and aid in the scheduling of campus events.