Multicultural Center Opens New Prayer and Meditation Space

Thanks to the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), students at CofC now have access to an on-campus prayer and meditation room. The space, located on the building’s fourth floor, is intended to be nondenominational and provides meditation cushions, yoga and prayer mats and Qur’ans for students to use. 

For many, it is difficult to believe that The College has yet to have a space like this. Students come from 70 different countries to study at CofC. Many of them need specific places for prayer. 

Director of International Admissions, Tina MacDonald, acknowledged this missing link for international students. As an ambassador of the College, she did not feel as if CofC could offer Islamic and Buddhist students the resources that they needed. 

In anticipation of the 2019-2020 school year, MacDonald reached out to Lynda Keller, the assistant director of MSPS, to create this space. After clearing out the multicultural center’s fourth floor, Keller and MacDonald then reached out to Islamic students on campus to help with the placement for Mecca, as well as gain a better understanding of how a meditation space should operate. 

The meditation space is governed by rules established by Harvard Law School, which ensure respect for all who may take advantage of the space. With soothing lighting, a babbling fountain and serene tibetan singing bowls, it is obvious that the prayer and meditation room will quickly become a favorite spot on campus. 

The multicultural meditation space celebrated a soft opening on October 1, with plans to hold a formal celebration on November 1. MSPS is available every day during school hours. Because of a lack of accessibility to the fourth floor, the team responsible for the room will also be opening a space on the first floor of the School of Education. This room should open November 1. 

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Zoë Murrie is a Junior Communications and Women’s and Gender major from Columbia, SC. When she’s not writing, she loves plants, burritos and house shows.

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