Spirituality Center Opens on Campus

Published on 05 March 2020

Representatives of St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion officially unveiled the College’s new Spirituality Center to members of the campus community during a grand opening event on Jan. 28.

Housed in a newly finished space on the fourth floor of the Recreation and Student Center, the Spirituality Center has been created to meet the holistic needs of the campus community by promoting inclusivity, respect and appreciation for all religious and spiritual diversity.

Through its welcoming and safe environment, the center will support the spiritual and ethical growth of all religious, non-religious and spiritual members of the campus community through spiritual advising, worship services, reflection, meditation and prayer.

The center is led by Alechia Abioye, Ed.D., director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“My primary hope is that the space is a physical representation of the College’s commitment to the holistic growth of all of our community members,” Abioye said. “Through practice, I hope that the space and the services it offers encourage and support our campus community as they strive for continued personal and professional growth in all areas of their lives.”

The Spirituality Center is currently staffed by seven spiritual advisors from the Christian, Catholic and Jewish faiths, and plans are in the works to add representatives from additional faiths to ensure that the spirituality center can meet the expanding needs of the campus community.

“I think the Spirituality Center will add a new dimension of diversity and inclusion at the College,” said Jennifer Quinn, spiritual advisor. “Fostering the spiritual life of the campus community is another way to encourage their growth as whole people, which I think is a goal of ours and of the College.”

The spiritual advisors will hold office hours throughout the week, where members of the campus community can either schedule appointments or stop by to talk with the advisors. The center can also be booked for personal, spiritual time in the center.  As the center expands, it will offer a variety of additional events, services and opportunities to get involved.

“I can’t wait to see the campus’ response to these new opportunities to be involved and grow in relationship with each other regardless of the spirituality they ascribe to,” Quinn said. “I also look forward to seeing the positive changes the center will have on the campus environment.”

The opening of the Spirituality Center furthers the College’s mission of providing an inclusive, supportive and enriching environment for growth, learning and leadership to prepare the College community to positively impact patients and society.

“This space was a pleasure to create and would not have been possible without Dr. Pieper’s overwhelming support,” Abioye said. “We are thankful to partner with so many great individuals who are willing to support our students, faculty and staff as spiritual advisors.”

For questions about the Spirituality Center, or to book the space for spiritual needs, the campus community can contact Abioye at alechia.abioye@stlcop.edu or Ryan Paige, coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at ryan.paige@stlcop.edu.

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