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WHY A MUSLIM CHAPLAINCY AT CORNELL?
A Muslim chaplain will be
full time
  • The chaplain's primary professional duty will be to care for students.
A Muslim chaplain will be
full time
  • The chaplain's stewardship will not be “on-the-side” or part-time. Studens will come first, not second.
A Muslim chaplain will be
an advocate
  • The chaplain will speak on behalf of Muslim student life to the University and to the greater community.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a steward
  • The chaplain will introduce coordination and organization to Muslim life on-campus, continually assess its health, and intervene accordingly.
A Muslim chaplain will be
an advocate
  • The chaplain will participate in disciplinary interventions which address Muslim students as requested by the University.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a first
  • The chaplain will be the first Muslim chaplain among 30+ chaplains within CURW.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a liason
  • The chaplain will connect Islam and Muslim students with other members of campus religious life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a focal point for Muslim life
  • The chaplain will orchestrate students in organizing internal as well as campus-wide events.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a maestro
  • The chaplain will orchestrate students in organizing internal as well as campus-wide events.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a counselor
  • The chaplain will cushion the challenges students face in their personal and academic lives with compassion and wisdom.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a mentor
  • The chaplain will foster important social skill sets in Muslim students and connect them with the broader academic Muslim social network.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a mentor
  • The chaplain will nurture the seeds of sincerity and devotion in all students who are receptive to them.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a catalyst
  • The chaplain will facilitate future projects which support campus Muslim life specifically, and religious life generally.
A Muslim chaplain will be
an educator
  • The chaplain will teach the foundations of faith, convey different Islamic viewpoints, and provide reasoning grounded in Qur’an and prophetic tradition, all while maintaining a healthy perspective on contemporary American life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
an academic
  • The chaplain will engage in research and other worthy academic pursuits.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a representative
  • The chaplain will teach the foundations of faith, convey different Islamic viewpoints, and provide reasoning grounded in Qur’an and prophetic tradition, all while maintaining a healthy perspective on contemporary American life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a pillar
  • The chaplain will set-up a "big-tent" of Islam in which all self-identifying Muslims feel welcomed and can have their needs addressed.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a people-person
  • The chaplain will be trained in how to interact with people diplomatically, constructively, and compassionately.
A Muslim chaplain will be
available
  • No other professional commitments will interfere with the chaplains ability to care for students and campus Muslim life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
student-oriented
  • The chaplain will orchestrate students in organizing internal as well as campus-wide events.
A Muslim chaplain will be
trained for the job
  • The chaplain will orchestrate students in organizing internal as well as campus-wide events.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a professional
  • The chaplain will orchestrate students in organizing internal as well as campus-wide events.
A Muslim chaplain will be
proactive
  • Instead of reacting to problems, the chaplain will lay the foundations for a nurturing Islamic environment in which students can grow.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a role model
  • As a practicing Muslim, public servant and academician, the chaplain will demonstrate that keeping with faith is consistent with contemporary living and productivity.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a point of institutional memory
  • A chaplain will be a steady presence who will prevent re-inventions of the wheel in student Muslim life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a point of institutional memory
  • A chaplain will remind students of the many contributions Ithaca community members make to campus Muslim life.
A Muslim chaplain will be
a point of institutional memory
  • A chaplain will be source of historical narrative for generations of Muslim students.
A Muslim chaplain will be
achievable
  • A chaplaincy can be supported through comfortable giving by our invested alumni.
A Muslim chaplain will be
sustainable
  • With broad-based alumni support and scheduled giving, the chaplaincy will not depend upon yearly fundraising or individual large donors.
A Muslim chaplain will be
inclusive
  • The chaplain will be accepting of all self-identifying Muslim students, regardless of their gender, denomination, religiosity, or faith-perspectives.

During the formative college and graduate school years, students learn more about themselves as well as their belief systems. This learning can be critical in the development of informed orientations towards Islam.

Cornell’s students hail from every state in the U.S., and as many as one-sixth come from over 120 countries around the world. Graduates go on to occupy leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. The impact of a Cornell education is global, and graduates carry their viewpoints with them into their careers and communities. Thus, it is vital that students leave Cornell better equipped to understand Islam and Muslims.

Muslim students must balance religious life and academic demands, as well as make important personal choices. They may be faced with questions about the rationale behind Islamic viewpoints. Occasionally, students may need help coping with personal trials and tragedies, or coordinating community responses to current events.

Non-Muslim students face analogous challenges, and may also have questions regarding Islam and Muslims. A Muslim chaplain will provide individual counseling and mentoring as well as organize campus programming to address such issues.

 

 

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