Harvard Law School is proud to announce the opening of its Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space. HLS Student Government and the Muslim Law Students Association have worked with the administration over time, to bring this space to life. In previous years, a private space was dedicated for this same purpose, but it was not centrally located. The space is located inside of the Student Organization Workroom on the second floor of Wasserstein Hall. This accomplishment accommodates students who wish to participate in worship, reflection and meditation while on campus. This room is intentionally dressed with simple furnishings. A large window allows an abundance of natural sunlight to beam into the space while simultaneously offering privacy through frosted glass that reaches a height of five feet.
Inside the room there are lockers for students to reserve for storing private belongings. A large shelf on the perimeter of the room exists to hold a few mats, kneeling benches, and pillows for prayer and reflection. Of course, individuals can bring their own items into the space for their practices. Those provided by the Law School are available to assist students who may need them, and also to signify our support of our religiously diverse student population and commitment to inclusivity and plurality.
The Dean of Students Office will manage the space and work with individual students and groups to make a schedule that accommodates all. The space will be open 24/7 and is limited to student use.
Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space Guidelines
- The room is to be used for prayer/meditation and religious observances and not as a lounge, study room, meeting room or for other purposes not involved with prayer/meditation. Please respect the requirement for a peaceful, quiet atmosphere.
- Shoes are to be removed and placed on the provided racks immediately upon entrance.
- Animals are not allowed in the room.
- For students who need to perform a ritual cleansing prior to practice, there is a wash station conveniently located in the Student Organization Workroom kitchen, just outside the Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space. There are also restrooms directly outside of the space.
- The use of fire, including lit candles or incense, is not permitted.
- No food or beverages are allowed in the room. Exceptions due to religious ceremony may be permitted, as approved by the Dean of Students Office.
- Please keep the room clean. All personal and group materials are to be removed from the space after use. Mats/carpets, benches, and pillows need be returned to the allotted location. Furniture must remain in the facility and restored to the original position.
- Symbols of faith must be removed after each individual or group usage, and the overall tone of the room shall be religiously neutral.
Any damages to space or equipment must be promptly reported to the Dean of Students Office, 617-495-1880.