ODIME Offers New Religious Diversity Resources Through Updated Collegiate Religious Center Website
The Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) has been working hard to expand resources for students to foster a community of inclusion and belonging and spiritual well-being at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). It is important that these resources are easily accessible for students and employees. We have built, expanded, and published NEW webpages to the Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) website for members of the WPI community to access:
- Campus Chaplains & Religious Advisors
- Religious Holidays and Observations
- Campus Prayer and Reflection Spaces
- Gompei’s Closet
- Houses of Worship and Community Faith Leaders
Additionally, we have also updated the website to include new employee profile features for the Religious Advisors of Student Organizations of Faith. These religious club advisors add to the community of support for religious diversity and spiritual life at WPI and serve as faculty/staff resources for organizations of faith.
As we tend to the spiritual well-being and religious diversity needs of our campus community, it will be important that accessible resource guides and up-to-date information are provided for both students and employees. There are a host of passionate, dedicated faculty and staff members who advise student organizations of faith and nourish the spiritual community at WPI. There are also tenured Worcester Faith Community leaders who care deeply for our students’ well-being. We hope to continue making these resources easier for students to access for their spiritual needs.
-Kalvin Cummings (He/Him), Assistant Director for Religion and Spiritual Life
The Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) provides a space to WPI students, faculty, staff, and community members for the purpose of religious exploration, devotions, worship, prayer, education, administration, and fellowship. Our team of Campus Chaplains serve as spiritual advisors for students, and can offer support and guidance irrespective of students' primary religious traditions. As spiritual advisors to the WPI community, Campus Chaplains counteract the inequality of varied expression(s) of religion, spirituality, and any form of meaning-making practice and support student meaning-making expression to tend with systems of oppression as well as any other stressors. This center includes several reservable spaces to suit both spiritual and non-spiritual needs, including a Multifaith Meeting Space, Islamic Prayer Room, and Multifaith Worship Space.
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) promotes and oversees all student facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) learning experiences, programs, services, trainings, and initiatives for WPI.