Interfaith dialogue, religious literacy are driving forces fueling campus-wide activism

When University Housing proposed controversial changes to the existing “pay-as-you-go” dining policy in December 2017, student activists of all persuasions spoke out against the decision. Among the voices were interfaith fellows, arguing that mandatory deposits weren’t just burdensome for low-income students, they violated Housing’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by disregarding students with religious dietary restrictions. Because the dining halls don’t provide adequate kosher or halal dining options, the policy isolated observant students while asking them to spend beyond their means.

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