Interfaith Affairs

Interfaith Advisory Boards

Purpose:

The San Diego State University Interfaith Advisory Boards is a diverse group of community leaders who speak from a variety of faith perspectives on issues, including, but not limited to, the quality of education, inclusiveness, and equity San Diego State University. 

Vision:

The San Diego State University Interfaith Advisory Board supports the emotional and intellectual development of SDSU students, faculty, and staff from a faith-based perspective.

Mission:

The San Diego State University Interfaith Advisory Boards serve as resources to the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer in the development and implementation of diversity goals, strategies and objectives by being a voice of the interfaith community.  

Boards Currently in Place: 

  1. Muslim Advisory Board
  2. Jewish Advisory Board 
  3. Christian Advisory Board

 

Interfaith Advisory Programming

The interfaith calendar includes important civic holidays. It identifies major religious holidays more than a year in advance. Most important, it features stories about what these many religious festival events are all about – what they mean, the important stories, the food associated, and how particular events are celebrated. Your own stories of religious holidays, whatever your tradition, are welcomed at SDSU.

"Iftar" is the fast-breaking meal observed each evening at sundown during the holy month of Ramadan.  The Interfaith Iftar Dinner is an opportunity for the whole SDSU community to join our Muslim friends for an evening meal as they break their Ramadan fast.  The event includes a traditional Middle Eastern meal, along with presentations by community peacemakers, community partners and an award ceremony horning those who are making a positive difference in our local Muslim community.

In the Muslim tradition there are two Eid’s where Muslims around the world including our students, staff and faculty here at SDSU celebrate. The first Eid is Eid al-Fitr meaning “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the fasting of Ramadan. The second Eid is Eid al-Adha which means “festival of Sacrifice” which marks the end of Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Intersections of faith is a program that highlights intersectionality— the interconnectedness of our religious, spiritual, or atheist identities with our social identities. Through a series of workshops, panels, and discussions students, faculty and staff will learn the tools of interfaith leadership and explore the way identity shapes and complicates interfaith dialogue and activism. Because interfaith dialogue brings our identities into close contact with the identities of others, thinking intersectionality is crucial.
This fact sheet is designed for SDSU faculty members to educate themselves in the various challenges and barriers students might be faced in the classroom in regard to cultural traditions, religious traditions so we can collectively create a more welcoming and equitable classroom setting for students from all backgrounds.