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DU Interfaith Challenge

Religious inclusivity: check an interfaith calendar before you schedule (and take the du interfaith challenge)

In the spirit of increased religious inclusivity on our campus, CJS has partnered with a number of departments and offices on campus to create the 'DU Interfaith Challenge', featuring step-by-step guides for transforming your everyday online calendar (in various Outlook and Google platforms) into an interfaith calendar so that you can more mindfully avoid scheduling your events and meetings on religious holidays. Our project also includes 7 Best Practices for how to use an interfaith calendar as part of your office workflow.

Step 1 of the 'Challenge' involves transforming your calendar. We are asking everyone to take step 1. We ask you to consider also taking steps 2 and 3 if you like free ice-cream and fun photo opps. Find the step-by-step guide and the full challenge details below.

Step-by-step guide to transforming your online work calendar (main step of the du interfaith challenge!)

Click on this file for a practical, realistic way to avoid scheduling your next event or meeting on a religious holiday. Taking 12 minutes to transform your calendar = taking a concrete step towards greater religious inclusivity at DU. [When you're done, email so we can add you to the list of 'DU Interfaith Calendar Checkers!' (see below)].

Before you go, check out our 7 Best Practices for making Interfaith part of your office workflow [and check out the full 'Challenge' (see below)]:

7 Best Practices: Making Interfaith Part of Office Workflow

Take the du interfaith challenge! (full details, incl. steps 2 and 3 for ice cream & fun)

Transforming your calendar (see above) is the first step to the challenge. Click on one or both of the files below for the full specs, including steps 2 and 3 of the challenge. We hope EVERYONE will take step 1 (transforming your calendar). Take step 2 if you like free ice cream. Go the full nine miles and take  step 3 if your office or group is adventurous and likes fun photo opps (and wants to help us get the word out).

CJS Interfaith superheroes

CJS Interfaith superheroesDU Interfaith Challenge Instructions - Staff, Faculty & Student Group Version

DU Interfaith Challenge Instructions - Individual Student Version

Here's our picture! View the DU Interfaith Challenge album to see what other groups on campus have completed step 3. 

DU Interfaith calendar checkers!

Who on campus has already transformed their calendar into an interfaith calendar with the above Step-by-Step guide?... here to find out!

Offices, Departments & Groups:

AHSS Dean's Office

Beck Archives

Campus Life

Center for Judaic Studies (CJS)

CLIE Grad Assistants

Department of Philosophy

Department of Religious Studies

DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES)

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department (ELPS) at the Morgridge College of Education at DU

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW)

Graduate Student Programs, CLIE

Information Technology (IT) Help Center

Office of Admissions

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL)

Office of the Registrar

Religious & Spiritual Life

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (RMJHS)


Jeanne Abrams, Director, RMJHS and Beck Archives and Professor, University Libraries

Amy Balogh, Program Manager, CJS

Rachel Balows, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

Lorna Beckett, Graduate Assistant, ELPS

Alyssa Boltinghouse, Assistant to the Chairs, Department of Philosophy and Department of Religious Studies

Brandi Bradshaw-Reyes, Program Coordinator, International & Social Justice LLCs

Gary Brower, Director & University Chaplain, Religious & Spiritual Life

Laura Buhs, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

MacKenzie Burford, Career Services Professional, Career & Professional Development

Quill Camp, Office Assistant, AHSS Dean's Office

David Corsun, Director, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

Nicole Cote, Inclusive Excellence Fellow, CJS

Annetta Crecelius Director of Marketing and Communications, AHSS Dean's Office

Kristin Deal, Program Coordinator, ODI

Gianni Le Melle Di Cioccio, House Manager, Transfer Living Community

Meg Eastwood, Science and Engineering Reference Librarian, University Libraries

TeRay Esquibel, Admission Counselor, Undergraduate Admission

Chandler Fox, Academic Advisor and Program Counselor, Daniels Undergraduate Programs

Chanin Gates, Executive Assistant to the Dean, AHSS Dean's Office

Meghan Godding, Student Services Coordinator, AHSS Dean's Office

Patricia Guerra, Assistant to the Director, CJS

Claudia Hernandez-Ponce, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

Sujie Kim, Assistant Director, Campus Life

Maura Koch, International Application Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission

Meredith Lawlor, Campus Visit Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission

Jenn Lipke, Associate Director/Transfer Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission

Tonnett Luedtke, Director of Academic Advising, Academic Resources

Marissa Manzanares, Undergrad Admission Specialist, Undergraduate Admission

Nicole McLain, Phone Support Manager, IT Help Center

Cate Nichols, Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Admission

Deb Ortega, Director, DULCCES

Sarah Pessin, Director & Interfaith Chair, CJS

Shanna Pomager, Sr. Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

Jenn Rau, Campus Visit Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission

Adrianna Romero, Graduate Assistant, International Student and Scholar Services

Tom Romero, Assistant Provost for IE Research & Curriculum Initiatives

Roderick Rose, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

Adam Rovner, Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature, Department of English and CJS

Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean/International Admission, Undergraduate Admission

Grace Sullivan, International Credential Evaluator, Undergraduate Admission

Sarah Sweetman, Director of Academic Services, GSSW

Ingrid Tague, Associate Dean, AHSS Dean's Office

Stephanie Tengelsen, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission

 Questions? Email us at, subject "interfaith"!