In the fall of 2015, a small group of students and Residence Life staff started imagining what it would look like to transform an old computer lab into Duke's first residential inter- and multi-religious space for prayer, practice, and meditation. Meeting monthly, this working group spoke with stakeholders (including chaplains, local clergy, and religious groups); brainstormed how the room might be used by students, what it should look like, and what to call it; and developed a plan to make it happen.
The Mosaic opened in February 2016 and received positive press not only at Duke, but across the Triangle and country. Most of the press focused on the final product (the room), but the process of how it came to be represents the possibility of The Mosaic. It's a place and context for students of multiple religious and nonreligious identities to retain their distinctive beliefs and practices, build and deepen their relationships with others, and navigate a common life.
Photos by Jessie Stellini