Faith, Belief, and Religious Inclusion

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

John Henderson

John Henderson

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Parent and Family Programs
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Lisa Pappas

Lisa Pappas

Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services Education
International Programs

Elizabeth Sink

Senior Teaching Special Instructor
Communication Studies

Ria Vigil

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Organizational Practice
Vice President for Diversity

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Happy Bennett, Web Content Specialist, Web Communications at CSU

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

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

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

Olivia Kail, Spiritual Care Resident, CSU Health Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.