Office for Global Peace and Spirituality
The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality is a space where Westminster students, faculty, and staff can come together to advocate for a more peaceful world. The office promotes the spiritual growth of our community by empowering individuals and engaging in projects that promote prosperity and positive change. Students are welcome to drop by for weekly open-space conversations to connect with people from all backgrounds and beliefs.
- Create compassionate, global-minded peacemakers who are changing the world.
- Encourage respect for diverse people and their perspectives.
- Cultivate a healthy and equitable campus community.
Finding Our Way in the World
Our mission is to serve as a hub where people can come together and share diverse perspectives. We hope to advance our community’s understanding of the world by creating a safe space where people can actively listen to each other.
The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality was previously known as the Spiritual Life Office. During the 2017–18 academic year, a student initiative began to expand this inclusive campus resource. The office’s mission, which had supported and connected students with faith communities, expanded to include the globally minded discourse we see today.
Meet the Team
Rebecca Blanton is a student pursuing a customized major in peace and conflict studies. She is passionate
about connecting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds
and beliefs on Westminster's campus.
Obaid Barakzai is an international political economy customized major and a polyglot. He is always
excited to meet people of different cultures and ways of being.
Director of Spiritual Life
Rebecca Blanton is a student pursuing a customized major in peace and conflict studies. She is passionate about connecting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs on Westminster's campus.
Obaid Barakzai is an international political economy customized major and a polyglot. He is always excited to meet people of different cultures and ways of being.
The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality offers a variety of programs that help spark meaningful conversations in our campus community. The office also supports student-led clubs and initiatives to further encourage global responsibility.
MLK Celebration Unity Luncheon
The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality co-hosts the MLK Celebration's Unity Luncheon with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion every year. This luncheon is an opportunity for the Westminster community to come together and discuss diversity, community, and engagement.
Global Peace and Spirituality Lecture Series
Guests are invited to speak on topics related to peace-building and conflict resolution with the hope that our community members will understand their individual role in creating equality.
Westminster and India Service Project
Since 2009, the Westminster and India project has provided our community with the opportunity to develop partnerships across international and cultural lines.
Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference
This conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage in issues related to global peace and spirituality while having meaningful conversations about advancing the process of personal, community, national, and international peace.
Coexist cafés happen at least once every semester. Campus members get a chance to share their beliefs and cultures through panels and conversation.
The office hosts weekly student-led gatherings in the office that are open to all students, faculty, and staff.
Respect Week is the annual fall celebration to promote respect in our community. Students are encouraged to sign the pledge for respect every year in the Shaw Student Center.
Faith-based and Interfaith Clubs
Griffins For the Greater Good
Hillel for Utah
International Student Association
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter-day Saint Student Association