On Friday, Sept. 20, Hobart and William Smith hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration for the campus’ new Muslim Life Center.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., following Jumm’ah Prayer, Chaplain and Dean for Spiritual Engagement Nita Byrd, Provost and Dean of the Faculty DeWayne Lucas, Hillel Representative Edie Falk ’21 and Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain led the dedication of the new space, located in Medbery Hall.
“It has been part of an ongoing effort to serve the needs of all faiths on campus,” says Byrd. “We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate this important step with our Muslim students, faculty and staff.”
With two wudu stations for ablutions as well as a separate prayer room, the Muslim Life Center hosts weekly Friday Prayers from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., and will be a hub for events and discussions.
In 2013, the Colleges opened the Muslim Student Center, located on the ground level of Stewardson House on South Main Street. With the nearest mosques in Rochester and Syracuse, the center was created to provide not only a space that enriches the religious and cultural diversity on campus, but also a place to pray that is easy to access. The center moved to the first floor of Medbery Hall in the fall of 2019, at the request of students for a more centrally located space.
Refreshments were served at the dedication, which is organized by the Office of Spiritual Engagement in conjunction with the Office of International Student Affairs, Office of Residential Life, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Hobart and William Smith Deans offices and members of the HWS faculty.