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Office for Global Peace and Spirituality

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality is a space where Westminster students, faculty, and staff can come together to advocate for a more peaceful world. The office promotes the spiritual growth of our community by empowering individuals and engaging in projects that promote prosperity and positive change. Students are welcome to drop by for weekly open-space conversations to connect with people from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Office Goals

  • Create compassionate, global-minded peacemakers who are changing the world.
  • Encourage respect for diverse people and their perspectives.
  • Cultivate a healthy and equitable campus community.

Contact

Shaw Student Center, L4
globalpeaceandspirituality@westminstercolllege.edu
801.832.2232

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Finding Our Way in the World

Our mission is to serve as a hub where people can come together and share diverse perspectives. We hope to advance our community’s understanding of the world by creating a safe space where people can actively listen to each other.

Our Transformation

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality was previously known as the Spiritual Life Office. During the 2017–18 academic year, a student initiative began to expand this inclusive campus resource. The office’s mission, which had supported and connected students with faith communities, expanded to include the globally minded discourse we see today.
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Meet the Team

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Rebecca Blanton is a student pursuing a customized major in peace and conflict studies. She is passionate about connecting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs on Westminster's campus.

Obaid Barakzai is an international political economy customized major and a polyglot. He is always excited to meet people of different cultures and ways of being.

Hannah Orr is a theatre and public health student. She loves interfaith work and enjoys serving as the liaison between the Latter-day Saint Student Association club and the office.

Programs and Resources

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality offers a variety of programs that help spark meaningful conversations in our campus community. The office also supports student-led clubs and initiatives to further encourage global responsibility.

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Faith-based and Interfaith Clubs

Griffins For the Greater Good
Hillel for Utah
International Student Association
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter-day Saint Student Association

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Coexist Café

Coexist cafés happen at least once every semester. Campus members get a chance to share their beliefs and cultures through panels and conversation.

Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference

The Office of Global Peace and Spirituality is hosting the Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference March 29–30, 2019, in the Gore School of Business auditorium.

Global Peace and Spirituality Lecture Series

Guests are invited to speak on topics related to peace-building and conflict resolution with the hope that our community members will understand their individual role in creating equality.

Open-Space Conversations

The office hosts weekly student-led gatherings in the office that are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Respect Week

Respect Week is the annual fall celebration to promote respect in our community. Students are encouraged to sign the pledge for respect every year in the Shaw Student Center.

Westminster and India Service Project

Since 2009, the Westminster and India project has provided our community with the opportunity to develop partnerships across international and cultural lines.