Spirituality and Religious Life

A place where you belong!

Spirituality and Religious Life at RIT cultivates engaged and vibrant religious, secular, and spiritual communities that explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value. 

We work directly with faith-based organizations and collaborate with student-led clubs that support the spiritual and religious community at RIT. No matter what your spiritual, religious, or secular identity may be, all of our chaplains and program staff can provide you with support and guidance.

Our vision is for every member of our campus to experience the welcoming, caring, and fun atmosphere of a supportive community that enables them to grow into their best selves and put their values to work in the world.

Faith Communities

Idunno Zen Buddhist Community
The Idunno Zen Buddhist Community focuses on meditative practice and offers weekly instruction and lively discussion about the various Buddhist, Taoist, and Zen traditions. The purpose of Zen is to develop a clear, centered, and ultimately enlightened mind, which leads to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion toward all living beings. One does not have to identify as a Buddhist to practice Zen meditation, and everyone is welcome regardless of their individual beliefs.
Learn more about the Idunno Zen Buddhist Community

Catholic Newman Community at RIT
Newman is a growing, vibrant, Christ-centered community rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition where all are welcome and invited to know God’s love and mercy. With Sunday, Wednesday, and Holy Day Masses, retreats, community service and social justice projects, small groups, social events, and more, Newman provides opportunities for RIT students to grow in faith, develop leadership and discipleship skills, and be part of a Catholic community that will support them in faith and in life.
Learn more about the Catholic Newman Community at RIT

Cru is a caring community, passionate about helping you build, communicate, and multiply your faith on campus. Cru is a Christian-based ministry, reaching out to all members of the RIT community and beyond. Cru holds weekly gatherings, which foster a sense of community and support, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Learn more about Cru

Glory House THE PLUG College Ministry
Glory House International (GHI) is a powerful and contemporary church, located in downtown Rochester. GHI's THE PLUG cultivates faith, freedom, and love through Christ to college communities by disciplining people into worship, devotion, and service. THE PLUG is purposed to provide ministry to college campuses in the Rochester area and encourages the college community to become a part of our GHI family by worshiping with us on Sundays. We are a tribe of diverse people who are passionate about our faith and each other. We desire to be a home church to some and the home church away from the home church to others. 
Learn more about Glory House THE PLUG College Ministry

Hands of Fire 
Hands of Fire is the American Sign Language (ASL) sister ministry of Cru at RIT and NTID. Hands of Fire is a place where Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can grow in community as well as grow closer to God, in an inviting and inclusive atmosphere. Like its sponsoring ministry, Cru, Hands of Fire meets weekly.
Learn more about Hands of Fire

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity is a community committed to fostering conversations about who we are, who God is, what God says about who we are, and why it matters. Come and join us as we grow in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.
Learn more about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

RIT Progressive Chapel Community
The RIT Progressive Chapel Community (RIT PCC) is a worshipping body of seekers and misfits geared towards the LGBTQ+ community. RIT PCC's chaplain has a weekly on-campus presence, focusing on drop-in spiritual counseling, and not limiting methods to throwing a frisbee and talking God or playing a cooperative game. A few Tuesday evenings a month, RIT PCC worships in the Taizé tradition or holds a Dinner Dialogue meal in which the group talks about theology and eats pizza. What else could queer church look like on campus?  Come and join us, and let us find out together! 
Learn more about RIT Progressive Chapel Community

The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry 
The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at RIT and NTID is a joint ministry of several area congregations with a variety of students from different church (and unchurched) backgrounds. Each Sunday, worship is followed by fellowship and a free dinner provided by a local congregation. In addition to our regular gatherings, we offer additional prayerful and service-related events.
Learn more about The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry

Hindu Student Life at RIT is led through the guidance of a trained Hindu Chaplain. Students are guided in understanding their value as a person through led worship, listening in attentive silence, and support of their holistic health. The Chaplain assists with the use of music, visual art, meditation, and non-denominational prayer as a means of finding inner calm and peace. Hindu Student Life at RIT can offer spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths and belief systems.
Learn more about Hindu Student Life

Interfaith Council
The Interfaith Council consists of student representatives from the various religious, secular, and spiritual organizations on campus, including student clubs and organizations, that collaborate together on exciting, engaging, and dialogical experiences. Such events and activities explore the relationships between interfaith, non-religious, and secular worldviews in order to make connections, form communities, and explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value.
Learn more about the Interfaith Council

Chabad at RIT
Chabad offers a strong Jewish community at RIT and aims to be a home away from home for every Jew on campus. It is a hip and exciting place to be, where fun things are always happening! Chabad offers homemade Shabbat dinners and lunches, lively prayer services, celebrations of all Jewish holidays, educational classes, vibrant social events, and more. Many events take place in the Chabad House, which is conveniently located adjacent to campus at 3018 East River Road).
Learn more about Chabad at RIT

Jewish Student Life
With a rich history of creating community and programming events since 1954, Jewish Student Life is a pivotal part of the diverse and celebrated makeup of students, faculty, and staff at RIT. Jewish Student Life is supported by a full-time Jewish Student Life Engagement Coordinator and is home to many Jewish-affiliated organizations at RIT offering a variety of spiritual, religious, cultural, and social events for Jewish-identifying community members to connect with throughout the year. 
Learn more about Jewish Student Life

RIT Hillel 
RIT Hillel knows that a dynamic, pluralistic, diverse, and vibrant Jewish student life is essential to ALL campus members, Jewish or otherwise. Hillel aims to support Jewish students while engaging them in their broader college context. All Hillel activities are open to the entire RIT community. RIT Hillel recognizes and celebrates the wide variety of Jewish identification, belief, and practice that presently exists on campus and will continue to enhance campus life going forward.
Learn more about RIT Hillel

Muslim Student Life
Muslim Student Life assists Muslim students by offering a trained Muslim Chaplain to guide and serve students. Muslim Student Life gives students the chance to participate in regularly scheduled worship, service, and education.
Learn more about Muslim Student Life

Pagan Student Life
Pagan Student Life invites RIT community members and guests for educational offerings, celebrations of Pagan holidays, and full moon rituals. Ritual services are led by a trained Pagan Chaplain (High Priestess) who is active in the greater Rochester Pagan community. The Chaplain is available for spiritual guidance and life passage rituals. All are welcome at any rituals and/or events.
Learn more about Pagan Student Life

Please contact Spirituality and Religious Life for more information on additional off-campus faith communities and resources.

Student Clubs

Spirituality and Religious Life is committed to providing diverse communities for students to explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value by offering a wide variety of spiritual, religious, and secular partner organizations and student-sponsored clubs. 

Spiritual Holidays and Observances

Spiritual holidays and observances are important events for valuable members of the RIT community. Students may request accommodations to observe these holidays. RIT policy D04.0 Attendance states: "Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling normal requirements in any course. In particular, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements in advance of missing class due to personal obligations such as religious holidays...in order that he or she may meet his or her obligations without penalty for missing class."

*Please note that some of the holidays below dictate that no work be completed on a particular date or set of dates. Regarding assignments, papers, quizzes, and exams, please make every effort to work with students to accommodate these observant requests within reason. 

The list of holidays below is not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other observances based upon the myriad of spiritual and/or religious traditions throughout the world. For descriptions of each of the holidays, please visit Harvard Divinity School's Multifaith Calendar. To learn more about each of these traditions and more, please visit The Pluralism Project from Harvard University.

*Please note that those holidays listed in bold below are those where a fast is required, special worship is warranted, or work is forbidden.

  • H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso Birth Date (Buddhism): July 6, 2022
  • Day of Arafah (Islam): July 8, 2022
  • Martyrdom of the Báb (Baháʼí): July 10, 2022
  • Eid al-Adha (Islam): July 10-14, 2022
  • Buck Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): July 13, 2022
  • Dhamma Day (Buddhism): July 13, 2022
  • Chaturmas (Hinduism, Jainism): July 13-November 8, 2022
  • Guru Purnima (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism): July 13, 2022
  • Vassa (Buddhism): July 14-October 10, 2022
  • First of Muḥarram (Islam): July 30, 2022
  • Oh-harai-taisai (Shintoism): July 30, 2022
  • Lughnasadh or Lammas (Paganism): August 1, 2022
  • Transfiguration of Jesus Christ / Feast of the Transfiguration (Christianity): August 6, 2022
  • 'Āshūrā’ (Islam): August 7-8, 2022
  • Fravardeghan Days (Zoroastrianism): August 8-17, 2022
  • Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism): August 11, 2022
  • Sturgeon Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): August 11, 2022
  • Assumption of Mary, Solemnity / Dormition of the Theotokos (Christianity): August 15, 2022
  • Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism): August 18-19, 2022
  • Paryushana (Jainism): August 24-September 1, 2022
  • Festival of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Buddhism): August 26, 2022
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism): August 31, 2022
  • First Parkash Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism): September 1, 2022
  • Samvatsari (Jainism): September 1, 2022
  • Das Lakshana (Jainism): September 1-10, 2022
  • Birth Date of H.H. Sakya Trizin (Buddhism): September 7, 2022
  • Nativity of the Theotokos / Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): September 8, 2022
  • Anant Chaturdashi / Ganesh Visarjan (Hinduism, Jainism): September 9, 2022
  • Harvest Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): September 10, 2022
  • Ksamavani (Jainism): September 10, 2022
  • Pitru Paksha (Hinduism): September 10-25, 2022
  • Auditors' Day (Scientology): September 11, 2022
  • Anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution (Buddhism): September 12, 2022
  • Ghambar Paitishem (Zoroastrianism): September 12-16, 2022
  • Elevation of the Holy Cross / Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Christianity): September 14, 2022
  • Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism): September 20-26, 2022
  • Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Christianity): September 21, 2022
  • Mabon or Autumn Equinox (Paganism): September 21-September 29, 2022
  • Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism): September 22, 2022
  • Shūbun-no-hi (Shintoism): September 23, 2022
  • Rosh Hashanah (Judaism): September 25-27, 2022
  • Navaratri (Hinduism): September 26-October 5, 2022
  • Mehragan (Zoroastrianism): October 1-2, 2022
  • World Communion Day (Christianity): October 2, 2022
  • Navpad Oli (Jainism): October 2-October 9, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (Judaism): October 4-5, 2022
  • Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism): October 5, 2022
  • Dusserah (Hinduism): October 5, 2022
  • International Association of Scientologists Day (Scientology): October 7, 2022
  • Mawlid an-Nabi (Islam): October 7-8, 2022
  • Hunter's Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): October 9, 2022
  • Sukkot (Judaism): October 9-16, 2022
  • Kaṭhina Cībar Dān (Buddhism): October 9-November 8, 2022
  • Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Jainism): October 10, 2022
  • Parvarana (Buddhism): October 10, 2022
  • Karva Chauth (Hinduism): October 12-13, 2022
  • Ghambar Ayathrem (Zoroastrianism): October 12-16, 2022
  • Nichiren Shonin Memorial (Buddhism): October 13, 2022
  • Shemini Atzeret (Judaism): October 16-17, 2022
  • Simchat Torah (Judaism): October 16-18, 2022
  • Installation of Holy Scriptures as Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism): October 20, 2022
  • Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism): October 24, 2022
  • Diwali (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): October 24, 2022
  • Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism): October 24, 2022
  • Birth of the Báb (Baháʼí): October 25-26, 2022
  • Day of Enlightenment of Lord Gautamswami (Jainism): October 26, 2022
  • Vikram Samvat New Year (Hinduism, Jainism): October 26, 2022
  • Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): October 26-27, 2022
  • Gyan Panchami (Jainism): October 29, 2022
  • Reformation Day (Christianity): October 31, 2022
  • Samhain (Paganism): October 31-November 1, 2022
  • Solemnity of All Saints / All Saints' Sunday (Christianity): November 1, 2022 / June 11, 2023
  • National Native American Heritage Month (Aboriginal Spirituality): November 1-30, 2022
  • Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Christianity): November 2, 2022
  • Dev Deepawali / Kartika Purnima (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): November 7-8, 2022
  • Beaver Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): November 8, 2022
  • Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism): November 8, 2022
  • Lokasha Jayanti (Jainism): November 8, 2022
  • Birth Date of Shrimad Rajchandra (Jainism): November 9, 2022
  • Feast of the Einherjar / Ancestors' Blót (Paganism): November 11, 2022
  • Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Christianity): November 20, 2022
  • Presentation of the Theotokos / Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): November 21, 2022
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism): November 24, 2022
  • Native American Heritage Day (Aboriginal Spirituality): November 25, 2022
  • Day of the Covenant (Baháʼí): November 26, 2022
  • Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Baháʼí): November 28-29, 2022
  • Advent / Nativity Fast (Christianity): November 27-December 24, 2022 / November 28, 2022-January 6, 2023
  • Maunajiyaras (Jainism): December 3, 2022
  • Karthika Deepam (Hinduism): December 6, 2022
  • Cold Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): December 7, 2022
  • Bodhi Day (Buddhism): December 8, 2022
  • Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism): December 8, 2022
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): December 8, 2022
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christianity): December 12, 2021
  • Hanukkah (Judaism): December 18-26, 2022
  • Tohji-taisai (Shintoism): December 21, 2022
  • Yule or Winter Solstice (Paganism): December 21, 2022-January 1, 2023
  • Nativity of the Lord / Nativity of Christ (Christianity): December 25, 2022 / January 6, 2023 / January 7, 2023
  • Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrianism): December 26, 2022
  • Ghambar Maidyarem (Zoroastrianism): December 31-January 4, 2023
  • Gantan-sai (Shintoism): January 1, 2023
  • Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (Christianity): January 1, 2023
  • Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Sikhism): January 5, 2023
  • Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity / Theophany (Christianity): January 6, 2023
  • Wolf Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): January 6, 2023
  • Mahāyāna New Year (Buddhism): January 7, 2023
  • Seijin-no-hi (Shintoism): January 9, 2023
  • Linji Memorial (Buddhism): January 11, 2023
  • Orthodox New Year (Christianity): January 14, 2023
  • Makar Sankranti / Maghi (Hinduism, Sikhism): January 15, 2023
  • World Religion Day (Baháʼí): January 15, 2023
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christianity): January 18-25, 2023
  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism): January 22, 2023
  • Sadeh (Zoroastrianism): January 24, 2023
  • Honen Shonin Memorial (Buddhism): January 25, 2023
  • Vasant Panchami (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): January 26, 2023
  • Imbolc or Candlemas (Paganism): February 1-2, 2023
  • Presentation of Jesus at the Temple / Feast of Presentation of the Lord (Christianity): February 2, 2023
  • Setsunbun-sai (Shintoism): February 3, 2023
  • Snow Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): February 5, 2023
  • Tu BiShvat (Judaism): February 5-6, 2023
  • Nirvana Day (Buddhism): February 8, 2023 / February 15, 2023
  • Váli's Blót (Paganism): February 14, 2023
  • Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Islam): February 17-18, 2023
  • Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism): February 18, 2023
  • Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hinduism): February 21, 2023
  • Tibetan New Year (Buddhism): February 21, 2023
  • Lent / Great Lent (Christianity): February 22-April 6, 2023 / February 27-April 8, 2023
    • Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2023
    • Clean Monday: February 27, 2023
    • Palm Sunday / Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (Christianity): April 2, 2023 / April 9, 2023
  • Ayyám-i-Há (Baháʼí): February 26-March 1, 2023
  • Nineteen-Day Fast (Baháʼí): March 2-20, 2023
  • World Day of Prayer (Christianity): March 3, 2023
  • Sangha Day (Buddhism): March 6, 2023
  • Purim (Judaism): March 6-7, 2023
  • Worm Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): March 7, 2023
  • Laylat al-Bara'ah (Islam): March 7-8, 2023
  • Hola Mohalla (Sikhism): March 8-10, 2023
  • Holi (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism): March 8, 2023
  • Birth Date of L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology): March 13, 2023
  • Memorial of Shan-tao (Buddhism): March 14, 2023
  • Sikh New Year's Day (Sikhism): March 14, 2023
  • Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem (Zoroastrianism): March 16-20, 2023
  • Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): March 19, 2023
  • Ostara or Spring Equinox (Paganism): March 20, 2023
  • Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism): March 20-26, 2023
  • Shūbun-no-hi (Shintoism): March 21, 2023
  • Naw-Rúz (Baháʼí, Zoroastrianism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Nav Varsh (Hinduism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Ramayana Week (Hinduism): March 22-30, 2023
    • Ramanavami: March 30, 2023
  • Ramadan (Islam): March 22-April 21, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Annunciation / Feast of the Annunciation (Christianity): March 25, 2023
  • Birthday of Prophet Zoroaster / Khordad Sal (Zoroastrianism): March 26, 2023
  • Navpad Oli (Jainism): March 28-April 6, 2023
  • Hydesville Day (Spiritualism): March 31, 2023
  • Mahavira Jayanti (Jainism): April 4, 2023
  • Pesach (Judaism): April 5-13, 2023
  • Anniversary of the Founding of the Church (Latter Day Saint movement): April 6, 2023
  • Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism): April 6, 2023
  • Pink Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): April 6, 2023
  • Theravāda New Year (Buddhism): April 6, 2023
  • Easter Triduum / Paschal Triduum (Christianity): April 6-April 9, 2023 / April 13-16, 2023
    • Holy or Maundy Thursday / Great and Holy Thursday: April 6, 2023 / April 13, 2023
    • Good Friday / Great and Holy Friday: April 7, 2023 / April 14, 2023
    • Holy Saturday / Great and Holy Saturday: April 8, 2023 / April 15, 2023
    • Easter / Pascha: April 9, 2023 / April 16, 2023
  • Lazarus Saturday (Christianity): April 8, 2023
  • Vesak (Buddhism): April 8, 2023
  • Vaisakhi / Baisakhi (Hinduism, Sikhism): April 14, 2023
  • Laylat al-Qadr (Islam): April 18, 2023
  • Jum’at al-Wada (Islam): April 21, 2023
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Dehvilay (Jainism): April 21, 2023
  • Eid al-Fitr (Islam): April 21-22, 2023
  • Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 21-May 2, 2023
    • First Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 21, 2023
    • Ninth Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 29, 2023
    • Twelfth Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): May 2, 2023
  • Akshaya Tritiya (Hinduism, Jainism): April 22, 2023
  • Yggdrasil Day (Paganism): April 22, 2023
  • Nichiren Foundation Day (Buddhism): April 28, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyozarem (Zoroastrianism): April 30-May 4, 2023
  • Beltane or May Eve (Paganism): May 1, 2023
  • Flower Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): May 5, 2023
  • Dianetics Day (Scientology): May 9, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ / Ascension of Christ (Christianity): May 18, 2023 / May 25, 2023
  • Shanja Matsuri (Shintoism): May 19, 2023
  • Declaration of the Báb (Baháʼí): May 24, 2023
  • Shavuot (Judaism): May 25-27, 2023
  • Buddha's Birth Date (Buddhism): May 26, 2023
  • Pentecost (Christianity): May 28, 2023 / June 4-6, 2023
  • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): May 29, 2023
  • Poson (Buddhism): June 3, 2023
  • Strawberry Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): June 3, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Christianity): June 4, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Christianity): June 8, 2023
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism): June 16, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Christianity): June 16, 2023
  • Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary (Buddhism): June 18, 2023
  • Litha or Summer Solstice (Paganism): June 21, 2023
  • Nativity of John the Baptist / Nativity of St. John the Forerunner (Christianity): June 24, 2023 / July 7, 2023
  • Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul / Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (Christianity): June 29, 2023 / July 12, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyoshahem (Zoroastrianism): June 29-July 3, 2023



Chaplains are trained to listen, care, and have deep conversations about difficult topics in places where people are often stressed or distressed. Some of these may include the meaning of life, our purpose in the world, personal values and relationships, ethical dilemmas, and many other common human problems, regardless of whether you think of these things spiritually, religiously, or secularly.

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Imam Abdur Rauf Bawany, MD

Muslim Student Life Chaplain
*Confidential Resource

Andrew Cirillo

Assistant Director

*Confidential Resource
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Rabbi Yossef Cohen

Chabad at RIT Co-Director
*Confidential Resource

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Rev. Brian C. Cool, Ed.D.

Catholic Newman Community at RIT Director
*Confidential Resource

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Rev. Sam Kinsman

RIT Progressive Chapel Community Chaplain
*Confidential Resource
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Sr. Leandra Kosmoski, S.S.J.

Catholic Newman Community at RIT Pastoral Associate
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Daron Ladson

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
*Confidential Resource
^ASL Fluent

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Sanjay Mathur

Hindu Student Life Chaplain
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Rauncie Reynolds

Pagan Student Life Chaplain
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Rev. Shūdō Brian Schroeder, Ph.D.

Idunno Zen Buddhist Community Chaplain
*Confidential Resource

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Pastor Craig Swanson

The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry Chaplain
*Confidential Resource

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Michael Vernarelli, Ph.D.

Catholic Newman Community at RIT Campus Minister
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Program Staff

Program staff have experience working with young adults, particularly in relation to programming, mentoring, and leadership in spiritual and religious community. They support programs and student leaders within their own religious communities, but do not provide inter-religious spiritual counseling.

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Leah Cohen

Chabad at RIT Co-Director

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Mercy Gbenjo

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member

Marc Goldman

Jewish Student Life Engagement Coordinator


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Zachary Hanje

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Leader

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Jileen Herman

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Campus Minister

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Catherine Mast

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
*ASL Fluent

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James Miller Jr.

Catholic Newman Community at RIT Business Manager

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Pastor Kenneth Sayres

Glory House THE PLUG College Ministry Team Member

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Pastor Yolanda Sayres

Glory House THE PLUG College Ministry Team Member

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Kristen Smith

Catholic Newman Community at RIT Campus Minister

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Dakota Tiger

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
*ASL Fluent

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