University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Participate in interfaith discussions July 30

The campus community is invited to participate in a conversation about interfaith programming with Cody Nielsen and Angela Butel from the University of Minnesota. They will discuss interfaith programming, spiritual wellness, and ideas for the future. Please join them on Tuesday, July 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Medora Room at the Memorial Union to share your ideas on these topics.

Nielsen is working on a grant project focusing on spirituality in higher education and how it impacts the student. “Over the past 30 years, the co-curricular area of higher education has created numerous ways to support students. From expansion of mental health and women's centers to the creation of GLBTA and multi-cultural centers, the move to provide a holistic educational experience for students has never been more important. Now one delicate but important broad stroke remains: the spiritual identity of students. In conjunction with the Louisville Foundation and the office of student affairs at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) I am working to take a comprehensive look at how multi-faith and spirituality is expressed on public universities across the United States. The goal is to examine models, administrative support, and programs that will enhance this area of the co-curricular. In the end, I hope to move forward this conversation and begin a movement that will launch centers for spirituality, ethics, etc. all over the united states and that organizations like NASPA will take up the discussion.”