There are eight student religious and spiritual groups on campus. Participation in each group is open to all students. Check out these groups and see how you can meet other students, and engage in spiritual practice and conversation.

Buddhist Meditation Group

The Buddhist Meditation Group of Occidental College is for students of both Buddhist and non-Buddhist backgrounds seeking to encounter the teachings of Gautama Buddha who lived in India over 2,500 years ago. The focus is on Buddhism as it is lived and practiced today, and is aimed to supplement the academic approach of courses offered at the college on the religion. Meditation is conducted in the Zen style.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi, Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi


Hillel is the center of Jewish life on Occidental’s campus. Hillel provides social, intellectual, and spiritual opportunities for students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. Email 
Religious Advisor: Ben Greenberg,  Student Leader: Alexa Richman,

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVaristy Christian Fellowship is a multi-ethnic community committed to following Jesus and growing in love for God together. We do this through weekly large group gatherings, small group Bible studies, social justice projects and more. Small groups meet throughout the week in various residence halls and locations.
Religious Advisors: Weley Lai, and Sam

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Students Association

Contact Lincoln Hale if interested in any Latter-Day Saints programs and events.
Religious Advisor: Lincoln Hale,

Muslim Student Association

We are a diverse group of Muslims with roots from across the United States, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are a group of students dedicated to educating ourselves and others on Islam, and providing a liberating space for Muslim students to come together on a weekly basis. We work actively on taking action on issues of political, social, cultural, and religious importance. We promote an interfaith environment founded on the principles of justice and solidarity. All are welcome! MSA meets every Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Serenity Room in Lower Herrick.
Religious Advisor: Logan Siler,, Student Leader:

Newman Catholic Community

The Newman Catholic Community was established on Occidental College in 1921. Rooted in the spiritual tradition of the Roman Catholic faith and called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we are here to proclaim the Good News of God’s love for all people. As a dynamic faith community for students and faculty alike, we encourage one another through prayer, worship, and living the reality of the Christian life in an environment where students can ask questions, seek truth and encounter Jesus Christ face-to-face. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we accept our mission to reach out to all God’s people, especially to those in need, so that the Kingdom of God may be realized in our campus, community, nation and world.
Religious Advisor: Christopher Negri, Student Leader: Joaquin Madrid Larranga,

Progressive Christians Uniting

Progressive Christians Uniting meets for discussion about Christianity. In addition to our weekly meetings, we offer opportunities for students to be engaged in social issues. This may be helping immigrant workers on their organic farms or perhaps protesting unfair propositions. We are open to anyone who would like to use their faith traditions to bring healing to the world. We don’t have all the answers but we are group where together we can explore the questions.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Dr. Susan Young,

Contact Office for Religious & Spiritual Life
Herrick Interfaith Center

Occidental College, F-8
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041