Campuses should support faith-based student supports: Opinion

February 23, 2021
Faith-based supports for students need to receive more institutional support, write Nimao Ali, Raina Lawendy, and Imam Yasin Dwyer. The authors explain that while students are increasingly accessing chaplaincy services for mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many chaplains are either volunteers or are funded through religious organizations or private donations. “Universities should reflect on this deficiency and invest in more dedicated and long-term sustainable solutions for providing chaplaincy services,” write the authors. “Similarly, dedicated government funding could go towards student mental health. The need to take care of the hearts and minds of students, helping to build what we hope is a post-pandemic world, has never been more apparent.” Ottawa Citizen (National)