Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, have a unique demand of school administrators — free transportation to a mosque in Minnesota.
Norwegian immigrants founded Luther College in 1861, an institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). That has not deterred its current students from issuing a 19-point “Action Plan” that includes shuttle rides to “the Masjed Abubakr Al-Siddiq in Rochester, MN, free of charge.”
Some of the group’s plan, published in the school newspaper by Josh Gonzalez and Jacqueline Congello, include:
- “Racial, ethnic and gender awareness and inclusion.
- “Train students in bystander intervention and educate students on rape culture via orientation and Fit and Well classes.
- “Establish and fund a bi-monthly shuttle service for students to visit the Masjed Abubakr Al-Siddiq in Rochester, MN, free of charge.
- “Create and enforce a comprehensive racial and ethnic awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration.”
The educational watchdog Campus Reform was rebuffed by Mr. Gonzalez on Monday after asking the student for additional details.
Mr. Gonzalez said he did not “think it would be appropriate for [Campus Reform] to use our document for your article,” the watchdog reported.
“We want you to wrestle with challenges in economics, biology, or literature, while exploring deep questions about faith and values,” its website says. “To do this, we encourage conversation with people of diverse backgrounds and with differing opinions. In this way, you come to better appreciate and understand your own beliefs.”
Luther College enrolls roughly 2,200 students.