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Apply for CURW Affiliation

 In keeping with the values and vision of our founders, Cornell University does not directly employ ministry professionals associated with particular sects; rather, the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) invites qualified individuals to apply for affiliate status with CURW. Since its founding in 1865, Cornell has had a vested interest in providing for the spiritual care of its community members. CURW was formed in 1929 as a first-of-its-kind intentionally interfaith consortium of ministry professionals to serve the spiritual needs of Cornell’s various religious student groups. The Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM), created in 2015, is the institutional office charged by Cornell’s Division of Student and Campus Life with promoting access to and oversight of religious activity on campus, including supervising the work of CURW affiliates.If you are interested in applying to become a CURW affiliate and joining this interfaith consortium of ministry professionals, you are encouraged to contact Oliver Goodrich, Director of CURW and Associate Dean of Students for Spirituality and Meaning-Making to discuss your interest.

CURW Affiliation

Beginning in 2021, CURW affiliation will be granted in three categories:

  1. Spiritual advisor—this category is for those who are employed by Cornell University and who advise a spiritual or religious student organization.
  2. Campus minister—this category is for those who are not employed by Cornell University, are affiliated with an outside organization, and whose educational or professional training qualify them to advise a spiritual or religious student organization and/or students.
  3. Support staff—this category is for those who are not employed by Cornell University, are affiliated with an outside organization, and whose primary role is administrative rather than student facing.

Applications for CURW affiliation are due each year on the first business day of June. As part of the application process, applicants must submit the following materials:

Apply to be a spiritual advisor

For spiritual advisors (ie, those who are employed by Cornell University and who advise a spiritual or religious student organization), the following materials must be made when submitting your application:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Signed affiliation covenant
  • Application fee ($100)
  • Background check

Apply to be a campus minister

For campus ministers (ie, those who are not employed by Cornell University, are affiliated with an outside organization, and whose educational or professional training qualify them to advise a spiritual or religious student organization) the following materials must be made when submitting your application:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Attestation from sponsoring organization, including proof of insurance and background check
  • Signed Facility Use Agreement
  • Signed affiliation covenant
  • Application fee ($100)
  • Credentials for support staff (if applicable)

Apply to be support staff

For support staff (ie, those who are not employed by Cornell University, are affiliated with an outside organization, and whose primary role is administrative rather than student facing), application can be made through this link.

Application documents

Template Letter of Attestation from Sponsoring or Sending Organization CURW Covenant CURW Terms of Affiliation Sample of a CURW Facility Use Agreement