Faith, Belief, and Religious Observances Subcommittee

Purpose

The Faith, Belief, and Religious Observances 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 faithand 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

Pam Jackson

Pam Jackson

Director of Internal Communications
Vice President for External
Lisa Pappas

Lisa Pappas, MSW

Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services Education
International Programs

Ria Vigil

Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Organizational Practice
Vice President for Diversity

Reports & Recommendations

Goals:

  • Examine current needs of religious, spiritual, and culturally diverse holidays and celebrations at CSU
  • Examine national best practices regarding current needs of religious, spiritual, and culturally diverse holidays and celebrations
  • Create baseline resources/information about major cultural and religious organizations and offer this to the campus community
  • Develop a multicultural calendar that can educate and aid in the scheduling of campus events
  • Meet with campus constituents and put forward recommendations on how to be a more welcoming and inclusive campus for all regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation