Students wanting to smudge on campus are able to access Augustana's Multi-Faith Prayer Room for daily use. This safe, quiet, and sacred space is available throughout the year for smudge, prayer, meditation, and contemplation, or as a space to “just be”. Traditional medicines, sage and sweetgrass, are on-hand for students to use, and a fan has been installed in the space for use during smudging.
The Multi-Faith Prayer Room is located in room 1-350B in the Faith & Life Lounge, just left of the glass doors that enter the Chapel. This room is accessible during regular campus hours by 2 doors – one leading in from the Faith & Life Lounge and one leading in from the Chapel.
Students wishing to smudge in Residence at move-in, or at other times, are asked to make arrangements with the Residence Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A campus-wide smudging policy was adopted by the Augustana Campus Executive Council in 2015. This policy accounts for use of the Multi-Faith Prayer Room, smudging in Residence, and smudging for ceremonial occasions across campus. More information about Augustana’s Smudging Policy is available online here. A Smudging Authorization form is available for Augustana Campus employees in MyWeb.