Interfaith @ GVSU

Visit to Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple

At GVSU, we seek to support and celebrate the religious, secular, and spiritual diversity of our campus. As a unit within the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute works to both accommodate the unique needs of various faith-based groups on campus while also proactively appreciating the richness of our diversity through educational and engaging programs.

Campus Holi Celebration

What's Happening On Campus?

The GVSU Community is as diverse in faith, belief, and philosophy of life as it is in other regards. The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is here to help students, faculty, and staff find spaces and communities of comfort while also providing opportunities to connect across difference. Check out our upcoming events to see how to get involved!

Spotlights

Spiritual Life Fair Spotlight

Spiritual Life Fair

Pass through Kirkhof on Tuesday, February 7 from 11-2pm to meet representatives from a variety of religious, spiritual, and secular groups on campus as we discuss "what do you hold sacred?" and present available resources for curious students!

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Events

Remembrance in Action: Documentary Screening and Art Exhibition

January 26, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, January 26th at 7pm, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, WGVU Public Media, and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids will host a multifaceted event to commemorate International...

Campus Climate Focus Group 2023

January 30, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The Division of Inclusion and Equity will be offering Campus Climate Focus Groups on Race, Ethnicity & Disability for faculty and staff on January 30 - February 3, 2023. Please register for a specific...

Campus Climate Focus Group 2023

January 31, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The Division of Inclusion and Equity will be offering Campus Climate Focus Groups on Race, Ethnicity & Disability for faculty and staff on January 30 - February 3, 2023. Please register for a specific...

Campus Climate Focus Group 2023

February 1, 2023 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Division of Inclusion and Equity will be offering Campus Climate Focus Groups on Race, Ethnicity & Disability for faculty and staff on January 30 - February 3, 2023. Please register for a specific...

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Site visit to Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple
Jewish scripture reading
tour of local masjid

Quick Finds and FAQs

No! Our programs our open to everyone.  We have folks who identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Secular Humanist, Buddhist, Hindu and many more take part in our programming and events.  The whole idea is to get a wide range of identities around religion together for conversations or for learning about one another.  

Kaufman Interfaith Institute does not organize religious services. We are happy to connect folks to a  local house of worship or a  student organization. Many of our student organizations will host bible studies, shabbat dinners, or jumu'ah prayers.  

GVSU is committed to helping our students, faculty and staff thrive on campus.  We have a  Religious Inclusion Policy that acknowledges the right of students, staff, and faculty to engage in religious observances.  Part of that policy grants religious accommodations if there is a conflict with a holy day and a class.  If a conflict with a religious observance exists, students must request a religious accommodation from their faculty within the first two weeks of each semester or as soon as reasonably possible after the instructor announces a particular mandatory class, examination, or assignment so that alternative arrangements can be made for any class, examinations, or assignments missed.  Request a Religious Accommodation.  

Thanks to resolutions by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate an interfaith reflection room was created in the Kirkhof Center in 2015.  Because of GVSU's growing downtown presence and a resolution passed by Student Senate, a temporary reflection room for meditation and prayer has been created from 12-5pm on the Pew Campus and a full time reflection room was created in CHS. These spaces are designed for students of all faiths/non-faiths to practice their traditions authentically and safely on GVSU's campus. More information.

While our list is not exhaustive at all, we have worked to get a list of various houses of worship in the local West Michigan community.  You can find that list by clicking the button below.  

Local Religious, Spiritual and Secular Communities  


Find Your Home

Student Organizations

Faith-based, spiritual, and secular student organizations serve to enhance a student's spiritual life while providing fellowship & outreach opportunities.

Click through the gallery on the left to learn more about student organizations at GVSU.

If you don't see a student organization for your tradition or want more info about various student organizations, please fill out the form to the right, and we will be in touch.

Our staff meets regularly with the advisors of these groups allowing for great connections between us and our student organizations.

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GVSU student prays

Interfaith Reflection Rooms

Thanks to resolutions by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate an interfaith reflection room was created in the Kirkhof Center in 2015. Because of GVSU's growing downtown presence and a resolution passed by Student Senate, a temporary reflection room for meditation and prayer has been created from 12-5 p.m. on the Pew Campus and a full time reflection room was created in CHS. These spaces are designed for students of all faiths/non-faiths to practice their traditions authentically and safely on GVSU's campus. More info


Made in Michigan Interfaith Leadership Lab

GVSU Policies

In accordance with the Religious Inclusion Policy, GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations for faculty, staff and students to observe their religious beliefs, except where accommodating the request would result in undue hardship on the University in its mission, operation or in meeting its academic standards.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please complete a Request for Religious Accommodation and submit it to your professor within the first two weeks of each semester or as soon as reasonably possible. For further information regarding this procedure, please see the Religious Inclusion Policy.


Staff Photo Collage

Kaufman On Campus

Our spaces on campus are open to all and serve as a place to connect for small programs and conversation. Stop by to meet our staff, or send us an email to set up a time to meet!

Allendale Campus: Cook-DeWitt 118 

Downtown: Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) 290




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