Carnegie Mellon University

Religion & Spirituality at CMU

Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives (RSLI) offers programs and initiatives that cross traditional religious boundaries in order to increase our students' knowledge of and appreciation for the full diversity of the world's religious and spiritual traditions. RSLI's mission is to support all students along the spectrum of religious and spiritual practice and exploration by:

  • Supporting individual religious commitment through programs, events, resources and space
  • Facilitating connections of individuals and communities of faith, on and off campus
  • Encouraging cooperation among and between religious, secular and worldview communities
  • Promoting spiritual exploration and wellness for the whole CMU community
  • Promoting religious literacy for all members of the CMU community

Each Spring, Carnegie Mellon joins campuses across the country to observe Better Together Day—an initiative of the Interfaith Youth Core which celebrates Interfaith Cooperation and Religious Literacy. Throughout the week, we highlight groups and initiatives in our community which are working together to increase understanding and dialogue between individuals of different (or no) faith backgrounds.

Every year, members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders, followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism, and social justice. Please join us for breakfast, music, conversation, and a keynote address. Full schedule of MLK Celebration Events.

The Sit Together Project is an initiative which provides opportunities to develop interfaith leadership for members of the Carnegie Mellon community.

Sit Together participants will build capacity in the area of worldview engagement, form relationships across lines of difference, and to serve as interfaith leaders in the broader campus community.

Please fill out the RSLI Interest Form if you are interested in being a part of an upcoming cohort. 

If you have questions, or are interested in participating, please contact RSLI Staff, Mandy Best or Jonny Cagwin.

November is a showcase of Spiritual, Religious and Interfaith Life at Carnegie Mellon!

Join Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives, The Council of Religious Advisors, and our religious and spiritual student organizations in celebrating the religious and spiritual diversity of our community.

Check out the Well-being Calendar for upcoming events!

Dining Services offers Vaad-certified kosher, Halal, vegan and vegetarian cuisine at select campus dining locations.

Shabbat Keys are available by request for most University Housing facilities. To request a key, please contact Housing Services by calling 412-268-2139

Housing Services does not offer any housing communities dedicated to a specific religious affiliation, and is not able to provide accommodations such as single rooms or private bathrooms for religious reasons. However, single-gender communities are available and consideration can be made for requests such as eastward facing rooms. Please note that requests are processed on a case by case basis and therefore, they cannot guarantee an accommodation will be met. If you wish to make a request, please do so at the time that you submit your housing application. Housing will not consider requests for roommates of similar religious beliefs.

If you have a specific question, aren't sure where to start or if you'd just like to chat about your religious, secular or spiritual journey, email Mandy Best or Jonny Cagwin.

Religious & Spiritual Life Team

Mandy Best

Mandy Best

Coordinator of Spirituality & Interfaith Initiatives & Housefellow
Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives
412-268-2142 | Email Mandy
Jonny Cagwin

Jonny Cagwin

Coordinator of Religious Life Programs
Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives
412-268-3559 | Email Jonny

Council of Religious Advisors (CoRA)

Meet the Carnegie Mellon Council of Religious Advisors (CoRA) who supports and encourages religious life within the campus community.

Council of Religious Students (CoRS)

CoRS serves religious and worldview-oriented students at CMU by fostering an inclusive and empowering faith community through initiatives that enrich connections among religious communities, build mutually inspiring relationships, and develop understanding and respect toward religious identities on campus.