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Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) | 19 Schussler Road

 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

The Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) provides a space to WPI students, faculty and staff, and their guests, for the purpose of religious exploration, devotions, worship, prayer, education, administration and fellowship.

The Collegiate Religious Center offers:

  • A conference room/tech suite (Multifaith Meeting Space)
  • A comfortable common room with a TV, sofas, chairs, and conference table
  • A kitchen well-stocked with appliances and utensils
  • A Multifaith Worship Space with comfortable chairs
  • A Chapel with a table and chairs
  • A Prayer Room with a connecting restroom with a shower and a shoe rack
  • Gender neutral bathroom
  • Large backyard with charcoal grill
  • History of the Collegiate Religious Center

    The Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) had existed around WPI’s campus for decades, but in 2006, it held the first office for a student organization of faith: Hillel. Later, this became the Prayer Room for the Muslim Student Association.

    In 2008, WPI collected the CRC and four different student organizations of faith and Reverend Cheryl Leshay helped to clean, remove wallpaper, and paint the first floor. In 2009, the International House began to oversee the running of the CRC and this is when full renovations took place on both the first and second floor of the building.

    During this time, each Chaplain (there were three) had an office space on the second floor, each student organization of faith had dedicated closet space, and the main lounge was reserved each day of the week by each student organization. This is also when began their interfaith dialogues with the campus community, which were primarily held in the campus center.

    Throughout the next three years, there were transition among Chaplains joining the institution and the CRC, and, in 2010, Pagan Circle began as a student organization of faith. In 2012, the Office of Multicultural Affairs began to oversee the running of the CRC, which is also when interfaith dialogues started to be held in this building.

    In 2018, the Catholic Chaplain office became the Newman Chapel. In 2020, Father Alfredo Porras joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs staff alongside Reverend Cheryl Leshay. Additional spaces were also added to the CRC, including the Multifaith Meeting Room and the Multifaith Worship Space.

    Currently, the Newman Chapel has transitioned to the Chapel and is open to all on campus, along with the rest of the spaces in the CRC.

WPI statement on religious diversity, mutual respect, and non-proselytization

WPI does not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment that consists of treating a person differently in any WPI program or activity based on their race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, genetic identity, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or any other protected status.

Furthermore, WPI is dedicated to creating an atmosphere that encourages diversity in all aspects of campus life—from academics and residence hall living to social interactions among students, faculty, and staff. In accordance with these policies, it is appropriate to further clarify that WPI, its religious groups, and its Collegiate Religious Center and Chaplains are committed to mutual respect and non-proselytization. WPI will not tolerate any form of religious harassment or coercive behavior that affects one’s personal freedom to choose one’s own religious practice.

WPI's Policy on Religious Observances

A student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his/her religious beliefs shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he/she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school.

CRC Spaces (click here to reserve)

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CRC Lounge
CRC Lounge
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CRC Kitchen
CRC Kitchen
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CRC Kitchen
CRC Kitchen
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Multifaith Meeting Space
Multifaith Meeting Space
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Multifaith Worship Space
Multifaith Worship Space
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Prayer Room
Prayer Room
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CRC Chapel
Chapel

Religious Holidays

Visit the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education for an interfaith calendar and comprehensive list of religious holidays.

Places of Worship

If you would like to submit information about religious services not currently listed on our website, email the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Announcements

January 14, 2022
Office of Multicultural Affairs
September 01, 2021
Office of Multicultural Affairs