Religious Diversity Goals

Introduction
Grounded in both Jesuit and Marymount traditions, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to creating a learning environment for students of all faiths and to fostering students’ respect for each other in an interfaith community.

Progress

Updated January 2018

The BCLA Interfaith Forum hosts events that examines cultural and political events in light of comparative religious texts and perspectives. In 2018, the Interfaith Forum annual event will address the themes of “Decalogue: Ancient Text for Modern Times” in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Jewish Studies Program. Other recent Interfaith Forum programs have included a public interfaith dialogue on “In the Divine Image: Our Relationship to God and to Each Other,” which included reflections by representatives of the Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic communities.

Student Affairs has also created the Community Reflection Space on the second floor of the Malone Student Center. The room is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff a private place for interfaith prayer, meditation or reflection.

Ethnic and Intercultural Services has added a Muslim Student Life office to further provide a supportive environment where individual growth and cultural expression is encouraged. MSL seeks to build bridges between all faith based communities on campus through signature programs such as the Friday prayer services, social dinners, and community speakers addressing issues facing Islam and Muslims today. A total of 15 engagements have been offered including two significant discussion based programs addressing the Muslim experiences in America and the legacy of the prophets. In addition to programs and services, MSL serves as a key partner in fundraising efforts to build curricular and co-curricular engagement with Islamic faith, history, and tradition.

The office of Jewish Student Life (JSL) provides a vibrant environment for student to engage in Jewish culture, tradition, and identity development. Through various programs and services, approximately 363 of LMU students have been served in the last year. Through these experiences students are able to further explore spirituality and faith as it relates to Jewish religious services such as Shabbat, high holy holidays, and LMU Hillel. Intentional collaborations with Jewish and Theology Studies, the Office of Asian Pacific Student Services (APSS), LGBT Student Services (LGTBSS), Muslim Student Life (MSL), and Residence Ministry through the office of Residence Life have foster opportunities for interfaith exploration which will continue to evolve over the next year. In addition to programming, JSL has worked actively to develop connection with the local Jewish community in Los Angeles including the Jewish Federation, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and the Hillel student organizations at UCLA, USC, and the San Fernando Valley.

Related

LMU Magazine Article Titled "Muslim U.S.A."