Supporting Students from Different Religious Backgrounds

Supporting Students from Different Religious Backgrounds
A part of the ‘Advise the Advisor’ series
Presented by: Adriana Tulissi, Imam Fayaz Tilly, Rev. Kelly Johnson, and Oren Steinitz
Thursday, January 31, 2013

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The Faith and Spirituality Centre (FSC), part of the SU Wellness Centre, is located in MSC 373. It is a valuable resource for our diverse campus community. Accommodation of religion – including native spirituality, falls under the Alberta Human Rights Legislation. The FSC facilitates spaces for prayer and meditation in addition to a variety of services open to students, faculty and staff. There are a number of religious observances such as prayers and fasting that can impact a student’s academic life. A list of multi-faith Holy Days are listed on the University Calendar. If students are seeking accommodation for religious reasons or are wishing to connect with a community, please refer them to the Faith & Spirituality Centre.

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 Recommended Readings:

Alberta Human Rights Legislation
Interpretive Bulletins:
Duty to Accommodate
Duty to Accommodate Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Institutions

Canadian Human Rights Commission
Information sheets:
Duty to Accommodate Fact Sheet
What is our responsibility in accommodating religious observances and practices and knowing when a practice is a requirement of a religion? – (employment)

Government of Canada
Guide to Religions in Canada – this guide provides descriptions, rituals, dress requirements, major celebrations or observances, dietary requirements, medical, health and death requirements for most of the main religious groups in Canada.

Faith & Spirituality Centre
We are in the works of developing resources to support students from different religious traditions.  Please check back on our website for those resources.
Prayer/Meditation Spaces and Exam Accommodation Info

Presentation by Adriana Tulissi

Blog posted by: Tammy Wong
Photos by: David Bininda

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