Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.61
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Newark
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brian Boehmer
Facilities Planning & Operations
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Meditation Room

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In spring 2017, The Ohio State University at Newark opened a Meditation Room to accommodate the needs of students, staff, and faculty. Equipped with prayer mats, as well as movable chairs, the quiet space provides a customizable room arrangement for each individual or small group to reflect and/or pray. Although any member of the campus community can utilize the meditation room, a semi-private, safe space is especially necessary for Muslim students, who have the cultural requirement to pray five times a day. Although Muslim students make up a small, but growing, percentage of the student community, Ohio State Newark strives to meet the needs of underrepresented groups. The initiative creates a more inclusive campus environment where people of all faith traditions are welcome to practice their beliefs and anyone can benefit by taking a quiet break for contemplation and alleviating stress. Located in the Warner Center, a central hub for campus life, the Meditation Room allows easy access between classes or studying.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Diversity & Affordability
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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