The University of Iowa

"BMindful" Website Helps Avoid Conflict with Religious Holy Days

MEMORANDUM

TO:                      UI Faculty and Staff

FROM:               Georgina Dodge, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, Title IX Coordinator

DATE:                 Sept. 8, 2015

RE:                      "BMindful" Website Helps Avoid Conflict with Religious Holy Days

The Chief Diversity Office is pleased to share a new resource, the BMindful calendar (http://www.iowacitycoralville.org/bmindful) from the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Created in partnership with UI and community members, this resource assists employers, organizations, and event planners in scheduling important events or activities around major religious holy days celebrated by area faith communities.

The calendar lists the major religious holy days for 2015 - 2018 where religious observers are likely to stay home from work or school. The calendar was reviewed and approved by the Consultation for Religious Communities of Johnson County and the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County. The local convention and visitors' bureau is committed to updating the calendar yearly to ensure event organizers have a list of dates through the upcoming four years.

Recognizing it may be difficult to avoid all conflicting dates, we ask that program/event directors, faculty, and staff be sensitive to this issue and try to avoid scheduling critical deadlines or events on dates that students, faculty, or staff observe their major religious holy days. If you have already scheduled an important event/exam on one of these dates, be sure to allow reasonable accommodations for students or employees who observe the religious holy day.

Thank you for helping to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all UI students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Questions regarding this information may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (diversity@uiowa.edu).

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