Nov. 17, 2023
Find solace and peace in the busyness
In the ever-busy world of academia, the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary has taken a step to address the need for a space that promotes self-reflection, mindfulness, and well-being. This endeavour has resulted in a brand-new Reflection Room, a calming space where individuals on campus can find tranquility amidst their demanding personal schedules.
The opening of this room was made possible due to the joint efforts of a dedicated student at the law school, Saliha Haq, JD’23, who raised awareness to Dean Ian Holloway, about the need for a space to take personal reflection time, and Susan Marks, BEd’73, the faculty's director of operations, with financial support from both the faculty and the Provost’s Office.
“The faculty was incredibly supportive in ensuring that the layout, accessibility, and design of the reflection space were inclusive towards each student's personal needs for quiet in their day,” says Haq.
Taking the initiative, Marks played a pivotal role in turning this request into reality. Leveraging her organizational skills, Marks oversaw the project’s development, ensuring the space is a welcoming abode for those looking to pause from exams, papers, the everyday hustle and bustle, and to provide solace for those seeking a dedicated space to reflect or meditate.
The newly opened Reflection Room features a warm and inviting atmosphere, furnished with comfortable seating, calming neutral décor, and greenery. Whether it is to meditate, practice mindfulness, or simply a space to collect their thoughts, this room is designed to cater to various needs.
The Reflection Room stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and empathy within our academic community. It embodies the university’s commitment to the needs and promotion of its students’ well-being beyond the classroom. Haq says, “I feel like this space has the potential to create a more inclusive, supportive, and harmonious environment for everyone involved; it can contribute to mental well-being and stress reduction overall.”
This space will serve as a haven for personal growth and self-discovery, reminding each of us to look beyond the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. The space is accessible to all law students, faculty, and staff.