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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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EDITORIAL: Students need to embrace diversity and interfaith knowledge

EDITORIAL: Students need to embrace diversity and interfaith knowledge
Ruth Brown

With Lent and Ramadan upon us, it is our duty as students to be culturally aware and supportive of everyone. Engaging with other cultures and respecting other religions is essential within our Jesuit institution and as people to broaden our experience.
Data from the 2021-2022 academic year recorded 14% of Loyola students as non-Christian, 24% unknown, and 8% other, which shows the varying religious backgrounds of our student body, further exemplifying the importance of offering inclusive and safe spaces for all students.

Given the diverse demographics, it’s clear that fostering interfaith understanding is essential for creating a truly inclusive community. As students at a culturally diverse institution in the heart of New Orleans, we have a unique opportunity to engage with peers from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and learn from their perspectives. Doing so enriches our educational experience and contributes to a more inclusive campus environment.

As a Jesuit institution, Loyola University is rooted in principles of social justice, compassion, and solidarity. Embracing the diversity of religious beliefs within our community aligns with these core values and strengthens our collective commitment to building a more just and equitable society.

Loyola requires students to take two religion courses. Students need to embrace these courses as an opportunity to learn more about other religions.

Loyola has extensive interfaith resources that we need to use to not only support our peers but also educate ourselves.

This sentiment is also extended to faculty. Loyola needs to urge our professors to continue fostering an environment of support and understanding by accommodating students’ religious practices and ensuring that no student feels marginalized due to their beliefs.

Students need to hold Loyola accountable to its commitment to inclusivity by advocating for continued support for students with differing religions and by actively participating in initiatives that promote a campus culture where everyone feels valued and respected.

Loyola also has various worship spaces across campus, including the Manresa Den located on the first floor of Bobet Hall and Magis Lounge, located in the Danna Center basement available for small prayer gatherings and religious services. But, it doesn’t stop there. Student-led religious clubs and organizations, such as BCM Christian Community, Jewish Student Community, and Muslim Student Association, enhance the student experience both on and off campus.

Online students can find a multi-faith calendar and cultural videos on different religious holidays.

Furthermore, Loyola’s interfaith resources extend beyond campus boundaries.

With access to these resources, students should strive to foster an inclusive community. Regardless of your religion or cultural background, we must accept and support all students and educate ourselves to broaden our educational experience.

As members of the Loyola community, it’s not enough to merely acknowledge our diverse religious landscape; we must actively embrace and celebrate it. Let us utilize the new chapel as a symbol of our commitment to interfaith understanding where students of all backgrounds can find solace and connection.

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Lizzy Hadley
Lizzy Hadley, Op/Ed Editor
Lizzy Hadley currently serves as The Maroon’s Op/Ed Editor. Lizzy is a junior majoring in English with a concentration in film/digital media, and pursuing a minor in social media. In her free time, Lizzy is usually playing Animal Crossing New Horizons on her switch or casually reading some young adult fiction. Lizzy can be reached at [email protected].
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown, Senior Staff Illustrator
Ruth Brown is a Senior Staff Illustrator on The Maroon. She is a freshman majoring in English alongside a teacher's certification program. In her free time, she likes to go on walks in Audubon park. Ruth can be reached at [email protected].

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