Prayer and Lactation Share a Space in the Library
By Alex Bender
ARCC is full of diverse students who all have diverse needs. As a publicly funded college, and also as college that cares about students and diversity, the college makes efforts to accommodate these specific needs whenever possible. In order to do this, Cambridge campus has recently converted one of its library study rooms to a private room designated solely for prayer or lactation.
In the aftermath of this move, there were some questions from the student body about why this happened. The room, D104, is now unavailable to be used by students as a study space and requires students to ask library staff for entry if they wish to use it for its new intended purposes.
Some students were upset by this change because it removed one of the much-needed study places on campus. The conversion of the room to its new purpose happened approximately a month ago, but has been an idea bouncing around the campus for a long time.
Some students were either unaware of the change or seemed indifferent and have attempted to enter and use the room, despite the signs posted on the door that indicate the new purpose of the room. This lead to the need for a lock to be placed on the room, which is now controlled by library staff.
Still, most of the student body sees the change as a positive move and a needed one, as well. Many in the college community like the decision and what it means for furthering the college’s recent push to improve diversity on our campuses.
When asked if she thought the lactation and prayer room was a good idea, student Amanda Paris replied, “Yes, people feel more comfortable having a private space for those activities, and I think it’s definitely something every college should have.”
Most students share this sentiment and few complaints have been lodged so far, but it remains to be seen how students may react during finals week when study space is needed the most.
Despite how some students may feel, it seems that this change will be a permanent one due to the general consensus that it’s beneficial to the campus and to students.
A private place for lactation and prayer signifies ARCC’s commitment to accommodate all of its students, regardless of who they are and where they are in life. Diversity is a fact of life in this day and age and our school is embracing it with open arms and a helping hand.