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Religious & Spiritual Life


Ramadan 2019

This school year, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (roughly May 5 to June 5, 2019) overlaps with the end of spring semester, and falls entirely within the spring quarter (ending just before finals).

A variety of student groups, staff and faculty supports, and Sodexo has worked to identify needs and opportunities for our observant campusmates. The information on this page is shared to raise awareness and publicize resources.

If you have questions about specific events or services, please contact the individual coordinators or providers directly. If you have updates or additions for this list, please email [email protected]  We will post updates as often as possible.

Context and Campus Impact

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of Islam's five fundamental principles. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset; they are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals (iftar) with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays. (

As noted in this teacher-focused graphic from the web, those able to fast abstain from all food or drink (including water), and many more are involved in community events through the month–all of which can impact energy levels, attention spans and more, especially later in the day and cumulatively, later in the month. While there's no need to presume or ask who's Muslim or fasting, please be mindful of this possibility in your classes, offices, meetings, and events.

Dining Options (changed from past years)

To support affiliates, especially those on campus meal plans, in balancing observance and nutrition through Ramadan fasting, we've compiled a list of DINING OPTIONS (PDF file). These have changed from previous years, based on past usage, a commitment to reduce food waste, and an expanded number of community iftars.

SO, PLEASE NOTE: All dining options may not be open at sunset! Diners can:

  • take advantage of snacks in listed fridges (document above),
  • can advance order boxed meals (below) for pick-up between 6-8pm at Nagel dining,
  • can purchase from open retail (non-cafeteria) locations (PDF schedule), OR
  • wait until late dining opens.

Please plan ahead.

Iftar and Suhoor boxed meal menus, schedule, and 24hour-advance orders are available at

Each boxed meal = 1 swipe. (So if you order and pick-up both an iftar and a suhoor meal, that's 2 swipes.)

Prayer Spaces

The following regular and specially-scheduled spaces are available for personal and small group prayer:

  • The Hub, basement Fireside Room, Wednesdays - Saturdays, 6-10pm
  • Anderson Commons (Library): Study Room 394, daily from 12:30-1:30pm and 4:30-5:30pm
  • Towers Prayer room in Centennial Towers Hall, open daily
  • JMac classroom 141 from 7-10pm on May 6, 8-13, 15, 20, 22-27, 29-June 3
  • Korbel (Sie Complex) room 1002
  • Ruffatto Hall room 224
  • International House, basement lounge


A number of campus and community groups are hosting iftar (dinners) and other events:

We'll continue to add events and resources here as known; so please share this short URL, and check back for more info!

If you have questions about specific events or services, please contact the individual coordinators or providers directly. If you have updates or additions for this list, please email them to [email protected]

Rev Brower Farewell, June 2018

Rev Gary Brower left DU after eleven years as University Chaplain. An excerpt from his remarks at his June 1st Farewell Reception can be found here (PDF).

A search is underway for his successor; and we hope to name new Director of Cultural & Spiritual Life by summer 2019.