Resolution 09-32: CAN I LIVE

Number 09-32
Description A space to be designated for private meditation.
Authored by Niddal Abedrabbo
Sponsored by Joel Palacios
Date Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Date Considered Tuesday, February 23, 2010
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Committee Affairs
Result n/a
Whereas Students, faculty, and staff members from a very diverse group of cultures struggle everyday to find a place to meditate and reflect in a private and secluded area on-campus; and
Whereas This predicament creates emotional discord in their lives. Sometimes the students feel overwhelmed between their academic and personal lives and cannot vent their stress and emotions through meditation; and
Whereas People with no other choice are forced to meditate on campus in areas like stairwells, behind bookcases or outside while constantly getting criticized from others who feel these practices should be done in private; and
Whereas The University of Texas at Arlington strives to promote diversity on-campus and has taken a number of steps to encourage a welcoming environment for different cultures, but has neglected the formation of a meditation/reflection room which will be a beneficial asset towards fulfilling the emotional wellness of its diverse student body.
Be It Further Resolved That The University of Texas at Arlington provide a private room or area for its student body, faculty, and staff members, open to all UTA patriots for meditation or reflection; and
Be It Further Resolved That This room or space will remain open to anyone seeking its benefits and will not be affiliated with any one race or religion.