Student Advisory Board
Center For Religious and Spiritual Life Advisory Board
The CRSL student advisory board consists of up to 12 students who advise the center staff on programming and events, in service of a cooperative, collaborative model of spiritual engagement between the center and student leaders and other campus stakeholders, as well as the wider community. The board will serve as an interfaith body, helping to accomplish the task of making the religious and spiritual offerings of the center congruent to student needs and hopes. In addition, the ad board will have a focus on the center’s “Reflect, Rejuvenate, Resist” mission, wherein the center plays the role on campus to make spirituality at the heart of how we address world events and social justice issues, and promotes dialogue and action based in contemplative, prayerful practice.The board will also help the center act as a liaison between student religious org leaders, and attend, participate in and provide leadership to center programs wherever possible, in particular the Interfaith Alliance.
a) advises the center in its leadership role in ethical reflection, supporting spiritual flourishing and engaging religious diversity in the college
b) supports student activism to address ethical issues affecting the community and the wider world, via vigils and other faith based action
c) helps “gauge” the needs of the student community in responding to world and community events and advises the center in taking prayerful action grounded in contemplative practice and dialogue
In addition, each year the group will specify its own goals based on student interest and community needs.
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Libby Chafe ’19
Libby is member of the class of 2019 and majoring in English. She is involved with the Student Advisory Board because she is deeply interested in the connection between social justice and faith. Libby thinks that spirituality is often neglected at Smith and hopes to help create programs that support fellow students ethically and spiritually. She hopes that this will create a campus environment that is more accepting and supportive for students from any faith or spiritual background.Libby plans on being an English teacher at either the Middle or High School level, and spend her life talking about books with children.
Yacine Fall ’21
Yacine is from Harlem, New York. She is an active member of different clubs and groups on campus like Al-Iman and Student Government. She is very passionate about social change on campus and in the world.
Kimraj Jordan ’19
Kimraj is a 2020 J grad, majoring in religion and psychology. She is deeply invested in encouraging conversation across boundaries, particularly religious and racial lines. Her lifelong goal is to participate in these dialogues as well as understand how to make them more healing, hopeful and helpful. This goal is academically and personally meaningful for Kimraj. Her current research is on how the design of multifaith buildings (like our own Helen Hills) affects the level of inter-religious events, services and cooperation. Further, her home is an example of interfaith and inter-racial cooperation; she grew up with secular ethics lessons from her Atheist parents; doing matha taykna at the gurdwara with her Sikh grandparents; and attending services with her Jehovah’s Witness grandmother. Post-Smith Kimraj hopes to earn a doctorate in religion and continue to do research on multifaith interactions as well doing interfaith work at a community level.
Mia Loyd ’19
Mia is a member of the class of 2019 and is majoring in Music. She comes from a Unitarian Universalist background and the intersection of spirituality and social justice action is very important to her. Mia is involved with the Student Advisory Board because she agrees with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life's mission of creating community and space for interfaith dialogue. Mia is unsure about where she will go in the future but would love to be making and performing music.
Sanna Muhammad ’20
Sanna Muhammad is a member of the class of 2020 and a biochemistry major. Her future plans include becoming a doctor and advocating for the health of underserved communities. On campus, she is involved in biochemical research on infectious parasites. Also, she is a board member of Al-Iman, the Muslim student organization. Although she is passionate about strengthening Muslim communities, she recognizes that living in a diverse environment necessitates the need for interfaith dialogue and social change. Her specific interest lies in fighting against the notion that practicing spirituality and faith in the public sphere, and especially in academic spaces, is stigmatized. She hopes to help do this through her involvement with CRSL advisory board.
Whitney Mutalemwa ’20
Whitney is a member of the Class of 2020, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. During her first year at Smith she was involved in a number of student positions that involved decision-making but none of them revolved around her Christian faith. It took some time before she was able to find a community that had similar beliefs to hers, and so to help first year students find a loving community, she became a CRSL Student Advisory Board member. She hopes that by connecting first years to religious community, they can transition into college life as well as maintain and grow in their spiritual beliefs. At Smith, she hopes to see religion and spirituality play a larger role in addressing the microaggressions that are being experienced by minorities on campus as well as to heal broken Smithies who have been damaged by the world’s problems. She will continue to be a strong advocate for destigmatizing religion on campus up until she graduates.
Join the Board
Students who are interested in interfaith leadership, community service and social justice combined with spirituality would be best suited for a position on the on the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life Advisory Board. Everyone is encouraged to apply, whether your spirituality is mainstream or nontraditional. For more information, contact Matilda Cantwell.