Religion and spirituality student Resources

"The question of how people orient around religion differently, or interact with one another, whether that be based on conflict or cooperation, will be one of the most engaging questions of the 21st century."  ~Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America

Academic and Career Resources

Accommodations for Religious Observances

As stated in Policy 5.03.01, Absences Due to Religious Observances, in the Parkland College Policies and Procedures Manual, Parkland College recognizes and values the diverse religious beliefs of its constituents and practices shared responsibility in the event a religious observance conflicts with scheduled class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a religious observance will not be penalized. The Religious Observance Accommodation Request form should be submitted by the end of the second week of the course.

Career Services

Whether you are a student choosing a college major or you are a dislocated worker, career changer, or retiree, we have career resources and services designed to assist you.


Parkland offers a wide variety of merit-based, need-based, and identity-based scholarships. Search the list of Parkland Foundation scholarships which accept applications each fall and spring.

Engagement and Mental Health Resources

Meditation Space

The meditation space, located in the Office of Student Life and Wellness (U111), is available to members of the Parkland College community who seek a quiet place to reflect, meditate or pray. The room is accessible Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Please visit the Office of Student Life and Wellness in U111 and check in at the front desk. A secured space will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Student Organizations

Student Life maintains a list of student organizations that are currently active, as well as ones that have existed in the past but have become inactive. If you do not find one that meets your religious or spiritual needs, contact Student Life for information on starting a new one.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement supports and promotes the active engagement of the College’s students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the communities of Illinois Community College District 505. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

Counseling Support Center

Our Counseling Support Center offers counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring, and more.


Parkland is part of TalkCampus, an anonymous mental health peer support network, available to you 24/7. The TalkCampus platform combines intuitive design, clinical excellence, world-class technology and global support to over 250 institutions and millions of students worldwide. Available in 26 languages.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Illinois Interfaith Conference, University of Illinois

The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois hosts an annual Illinois Interfaith Conference. This free conference is open to student leaders and professionals from across the Midwest, of all religious and non-religious philosophical traditions, to engage in critical questions about interfaith engagement on the college campus.

Catholic Churches

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria maintains a searchable database of parishes, including the Champaign-Urbana area.

Christian Churches

The News-Gazette maintains a list of local churches that represent a variety of Protestant denominations.

Non-Christian Religious Services and Christian Churches with Non-English Services

Visit Champaign County maintains a list of non-Christian religious organizations in Champaign County, as well as Christian churches in Champaign-Urbana that offer services in languages other than English.

National Resources

National Resources

Interfaith America

Interfaith America.jpgInterfaith America's mission is to inspire, equip, and connect leaders and institutions to unlock the potential of America's religious diversity. Their work spans many sectors of American life, including higher education. The annual Interfaith Leadership Summit brings together college students and educators with a commitment to American civic pluralism.

Mental Health Resources for Marginalized Communities

A webpage detailing general resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including resources specific to the Jewish community and Muslim community.

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists logo Inclusive Therapists is an organization cultivated by BIPOC mental health professionals committed to allyship, advocacy, activism, and abolition. They maintain a directory of therapists that can be searched by knowledge of a given spiritual belief.