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Religiously Diverse Students

College exposes use to many different types of people. One of the lenses through which we learn about ourselves and others is through one’s religious identity. Some issues that may come up for students from religiously diverse backgrounds are:

  • Being away from your familiar or established religious community
  • Trouble finding a community on campus
  • Re-examination of your faith and/or confusion about your beliefs
  • Feeling different or misunderstood because of your religious affiliation
  • Anxiety and fears related to your religious identity
  • Feeling singled out
  • Feeling invisible or isolated
  • Struggling to balance religious, family and personal expectations and goals
  • Straddling two worlds and/or feeling on the outside looking in
  • Discrimination, harassment, cyberbullying or marginalization
  • Microaggressions
  • Balancing and integrating multiple identities

The Counseling Center is committed to providing religiously and culturally affirmative therapy by respecting and seeking to understand every student’s religious, cultural and other personal history and values.

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How to Be an Ally

  • Listen
  • Learn about the range of religious identities
  • Allow yourself to have difficult and possibly uncomfortable conversations about religion
  • Acknowledge when you have offended or hurt someone or made a mistake
  • Speak up when a person or religion is targeted with unjust treatment, comments or jokes
  • Become aware of your own prejudices
  • Attend an event sponsored by a religious organization other than your own

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