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Quiet Space for Reflection Opens in FedEx Global Education Center

January 22, 2018
UNC Global Affairs

The FedEx Global Education Center recently opened a non-denominational meditation room on its first floor, designed to provide a quiet room for reflection or prayer.

“The new meditation room gives students, faculty, staff and visitors to the building an opportunity to take a break from their busy schedules, to connect with other areas important to their well-being,” said Ron Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The space was designed to remove visitors from daily challenges and promote nourishment through reflection or prayer.”

The meditation room is in the corridor adjacent to the EspressOasis Café on the first floor, and it is open to individuals of all faiths and beliefs for prayer and reflection.

The meditation room enhances reflection and prayer through insulation from external sound, softened lighting and access to floor cushions and mats. Rita Bernstein, a Florida-based textile artist, donated a silk tapestry to hang in the space, adding warmth and comforting texture.

The room is open during regular building hours and is available to all visitors to the FedEx Global Education Center.

Creation of the meditation room was made possible through support from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund.

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