In October 2012, the Clayton State University Department of Campus Life submitted a proposal to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. This initiative is out of the White House and is designed to advance interfaith cooperation and community service in higher education.
Campus Life has since been notified that its plan was selected to participate in the 2013 Challenge, along with approximately 280 other higher education institutions across the country.
The goal of the Clayton State University Interfaith Challenge plan is to bring awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of religious diversity on campus and in our community. The plan will create a campus Interfaith Council for faith-based student organizations to address faith issues on campus and in the surrounding community, and to introduce students to the uniqueness of different faiths that provide a cultural diversity that brings out the best in students, the campus, and the community.
To meet this goal, the Interfaith Council’s objectives will be to charter a faith-based social Greek-letter organization and to develop a service component that explores different ways to remain spiritually and physically healthy using the philosophies and traditions of different faiths—reinforcing the case that often times, we have more commonalities in our ideals than we are aware, although we may take different routes to materializing those ideals.
The lead staff persons from Campus Life that will direct this effort and facilitate our plan will be Atawanna Royal, student organizations coordinator, Jennifer Welch, AmeriCorps Program coordinator, and Natasha L. Hutson, director of the Student Activities Center and the Department of Campus Life.
“We will further seek collaboration from appropriate campus departments and community organizations,” adds Hutson.
The first meeting to start the Clayton State Interfaith Council will be on Tuesday, Mar. 12. Hutson encourages any student, faculty or staff member who is interested in participating in this endeavor to come to one the meetings — one will be held at 2 p.m., and the other at 6 p.m., both in the Student Activities Center.