While You're There
Thank you for your interest in NYU Prague's Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE) efforts! Check below to learn more about our unique and site-specific IDBE opportunities and resources.
The liaison is your go-to person for all things IDBE in Prague if you want to get involved or just chat!
Thea Favaloro has worked at NYU Prague since it opened its doors to students in 1998 with a staff of two. Over the course of the years she has been involved in all aspects of the organization, particularly in helping develop the academic programs and working with faculty. She is currently responsible for the site's finances and operations.
Born in San Francisco and raised in upstate New York, she considers herself lucky to call Prague her adopted home. Outside of work she enjoys reading, running and mushroom picking in Czech forests.
Global Equity Fellow
The Global Equity Fellow (GEF) is your student representative on issues of IDBE. Stay tuned for their events and programs!
Check out my GEF Guide!
Providing a student perspective on issues of identity and inclusivity!
Shoshana Ehrenkranz is a junior studying Film and TV and minoring in Irish Studies. She participated in the Bridges Interfaith trip her freshman year, working with Jewish and Muslim peers to help communities in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. Inspired by interfaith work, she joined Students of Multifaith Advisory Council (SoMac) in 2019. Shoshana hopes to use her studies to encourage difficult but necessary conversations between diverse communities.
In addition to her religious and multifaith interests, Shoshana values humor in storytelling. She participated in NYU Portraits during Welcome Week 2018 speaking of her experience growing up in a Jewish bubble. She also holds a spot on one of NYU's improv teams and values her job as an America Reads tutor- a position she has proudly held for five semesters with the same middle school.
Religion & Spiritual Life
The staff at NYU Prague provides information to students about religion and spiritual life resources, opportunities on campus, places of worship and/or meditation space, and related support services.
Religion and Spiritual Life at NYU Prague
The staff at NYU Prague is available to help students connect to local religious communities. Similarly, they can arrange worship space and meditation rooms when needed. In the past, students have received invitations to events organized by the local Jewish community: http://www.masortiprague.cz/. The staff has also referred students to the Saint Tomas Catholic Church and International Christian Fellowship in the city.
Because religion plays such a prominent role in Czech history, students will learn more about the topic in the Global Orientations program. Additionally, NYU Prague faculty offer a “Religion, Culture and Politics” course.
Ramadan Resources and Interfaith Celebrations
Giving students the opportunity to celebrate their religious holidays is a crucial component of NYU Prague’s commitment to IDBE. To learn about all the holidays happening during your time abroad, we recommend you to check out The Diversity Awareness Partnership’s calendar of observances and holidays celebrated across 25 traditions (PDF).
Because Ramadan is coinciding with our academic calendar this year, we wanted to provide additional resources on how you can worship and observe fast throughout it. Here’s a little of what you can expect:
- Most of the activities of the Muslim community are shielded by the Islamic Foundation in Prague
- The Islamic Foundation is the only mosque in Prague and offers prayer rooms and service every Friday at 2 PM
- Hala food options are available throughout the city; a list of restaurants can be found here
Stay tuned for more celebration-specific information!
Worship and Meditation Space
NYU Prague’s prayer and meditation space is open to all students, staff, and lecturers with varying spiritual and/or personal practices.
Students observing a religious holiday during regularly scheduled class time are entitled to miss class without any penalty to their grade. This is for the holiday only and does not include the days of travel that may come before and/or after the holiday. Information regarding absences due to religious observance must be provided to the professor and Director of Academics at NYU Prague at least seven days before the date(s) in question.
Dietary Considerations: NYU Prague does not offer a meal plan. The staff can address special dietary needs if a student indicates dietary restrictions in their housing application. If a student needs a halal or kosher kitchen, they should email their Study Away Advisor. A kosher or halal kitchen can be set up with advanced notice. In the city, there are many vegan, vegetarian, halal and kosher options close to the Academic Center. Halal and kosher food may be limited around the residence hall. Students are able to note dietary restrictions in their housing application.
Questions to Keep In Mind
You may also want to reflect on the role religion and/or spirituality play in your life now, and what your expectations or needs are for your time away. Questions to consider:
- Do you have a strong connection and/or sense of belonging to a religious or spiritual group?
- Do you have a prayer or meditation space?
- Do you go to certain places for dietary needs?
- Do you celebrate certain holidays? Are these holidays you would want to celebrate during study away?
Diverse Course Offerings
For a full list courses offered at NYU Prague please see the course list website.
- Roma in Central Eastern Europe: Ethnographic and Historical Overview of a People without a State
- Modern Jewish History
- Religion, Culture, & Politics in Cent Europe
NYU Prague IDBE Council
NYU Prague’s DEI Council, is a formal action-oriented body comprised of the Site Director, student life representative, lecturer representative, and students. The primary purpose of this council is to steer and advance diversity and inclusion efforts at NYU Prague.
NYU Prague’s informal space for conversation regarding salient social issues is led by students focused primarily on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.