SERIES: Christian Colleges
“So, just as Dr. Martin Luther King articulated his dream for a nation over thirty years ago, I sought to articulate my dream for cultural and ethnic diversity in Christian Higher Education. What would a campus committed to diversity look like?”
He states, “There are rarely any clear cut answers… That is the reason why I wrote Reconciliation Blues, to tell my story and the story of others. I want to give Christians a starting place for engaging in a more honest conversation about race. We are so afraid. We don’t know where to begin. We don’t want to say the really tough stuff because we’re afraid we are going to alienate others or be labeled a ‘racist’ or whatever.’
Calvin College’s New President Talks Budget Pressures, Diversity, and the Biggest Theological Issue Today by Katelyn Beaty
“Like every Christian college I have been a part of, there is a dominant culture that is well meaning and well intended and wants to be diverse, but is not always aware of the way being the majority culture leads to blind spots. A big part of the work that lies ahead for Calvin is going farther up and farther in, to understand what it means to be a diverse community of faith that welcomes students from a broad background in ways that say, “We need you because we need to learn from each other.”
“To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution’s 2011-2012 school year student body.”
“As America continues to become more ethnically-diverse, it is very likely that people of other ethnicities will move into your community. How should you try to connect with these new neighbors? Should you try to treat them just like you do people of your own ethnic group? Try to blend in with their cultural group? Try to be “color blind” to their cultural differences? This session explores these types of questions and helps trainees to understand the pros and cons of eight typical, cross-cultural mindsets. It emphasizes Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman in John 4 as a model of how we should interact with people of other ethnicities.”
“The documentary film Dawn in the Darkness addresses the issue of diversity and social justice in the Scriptures by challenging viewers to begin constructing a Biblical paradigm where racial reconciliation and social justice are central to Christian practice and faith. This film reveals how a majority of Evangelical Christian institutions have neglected teaching and practice regarding racial reconciliation, ministry to the poor and social justice.”
“This site is about changing institutions to be more inclusive. More specifically faith based institutions. How to approach change in this area, the role mission and theology play in successfully creating sustainable change.”
“Immigration’s impact is often first seen in the classroom. The increasing diversity of the nation’s education system is the most detailed measure of where immigrants have settled in recent years. View demographic changes in more than 17,000 school districts across the nation — including your own.”
A brief summary This book does an excellent job of describing the historical and sociological reasons why the Christian church has been “the most segregated major institution in America”. I think this resource is helpful because… The old cliché, you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been is true […]
“The world is a pretty global, cross cultural place. The degree to which the school can reflect that cross-cultural nature, it’s going to be much easier for our students then to go into the world and feel comfortable and be effective,” – President Randolph Lowry, Lipscomb University
Drivers that Motivate Faith-Based Institutions to Seek Change in the Area of Diversity by Joel Perez
“Even if an institution starts with mission and diversifies its employees and trustees, efforts cannot be sustained unless it is monitoring progress and coordinating efforts. All four institutions were not doing these things effectively. At best, each institution was just using enrollment data to monitor progress. No other data was being gathered and evaluated to determine where the gaps existed and potential strategies to decrease the gaps.”
The 20 questions in this quiz can help you get a quick, general sense of how much you know about God’s plan for the ethnos and His heart for ethnos relations.
Did you know that the Bible is filled with events that can help us learn about God’s plan for the “ethnos” (the biblical Greek word for nations or ethnic groups) and his heart for ethnic relations? The Ethnos Relations Timeline lists some of these events and the principles they can teach us.
“The goal of this event is to promote a high level conversation about immigration in a way that honors the example of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God. Keeping Jesus and his Word at the center of this discussion is critical. We want to transcend partisan and media sound-bytes and to model an exceptionally high level of civility as we think carefully about an issue that is both complicated and important.”
“As “iron sharpens iron,” students from different backgrounds educate one another through their critical dialogues. Back and forth they go on their computers, sharing inquires and glimpses into the vigorous process taking place inside them. Their response to one another sheds light and opens new worlds of thought and perspectives.”
“Why is it so difficult for people of different ethnicities to share in Christian community (churches, universities, small groups, youth groups, etc.) together? One of the primary reasons is our different cultural preferences. Dr. Emerson explains that each person has a deeply seated habitus or “all-encompassing set of preferred tastes, smells, feelings, emotions, and ways of doing things”. Habitus differences often cause a great deal of tension in multi-ethnic congregations as members struggle with how to answer questions like: How should we worship?, Train our children?, Conduct our church life?, Minister in the community? Each person’s habitus leads them to a different conclusion. This session provides a biblical and practical framework for understanding and working through habitus differences. Special emphasis is placed on Acts 15–a good example of how the early church leadership prayerfully worked through their habitus differences with the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
“Hispanics are the largest minority group on the nation’s college campuses, a milestone first achieved last year (Fry, 2011). But as their growth among all college-age students continues to outpace other groups, Hispanics are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students. And for the first time, Hispanics made up one-quarter (25.2%) of 18- to 24-year-old students enrolled in two-year colleges.”
“For the past two years many interviews have taken place with the 15 individuals who have given their time and energy to help bring this project to completion. Real people telling real life stories.”
“The documentary film In Search of Shalom: White People in Reconciliation is intended to stimulate personal thought and group dialogue on the issues of White people in America facing the challenges of racial reconciliation. It gives voice to White people who have embraced the lifelong journey of reconciliation as they strive to participate in building God’s Kingdom on earth.”
“George Yancey has been an important voice on diversity within American Christianity. In addition to authoring several books, the University of North Texas sociologist is cofounder of the Mosaix Network, a relational association that promotes multiethnic churches and interactions between ethnically diverse churches. Yancey’s most recent book, Neither Jew Nor Gentile, is an academic exploration of racial and ethnic diversity on Protestant campuses. Urban Faith contributor Joshua Canada talked to Yancey about his work. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
“ACC president Keith Hamilton says about half of its male students and roughly 90 percent of its female students have been sexually abused in the past. For many Alaska Native youth, the future, like the long winter nights that surround them, is dark. Only about 67 percent of them complete high school, and of those who enroll in college, only 12 percent survive their first semester.
ACC, located in Soldotna, Alaska, is changing that—one life at a time.”
“The series intended to address aspects of the work that is needed to make a comprehensive link between diversity and quality of learning. Each paper offered fresh perspectives and evidence-based approaches, written by deeply committed scholars of diversity and learning. “
This e-learning session provides Christian college faculty members with a wealth of resources to address these key questions: 1. Why should we promote ethnic diversity on campus? 2. How can I help students of color to thrive in my classes? 3. How can I help faculty of color to thrive on our campus?
“Multi Ethnic Film Productions began as an earnest desire by Multi Ethnic Programs Director Glen Kinoshita to document the student experience. Glen’s films have grown into a visionary endeavor to stimulate thought, dialogue and change within Christian higher education.”
“We believe that Biola has been uniquely situated in a region of great diversity in language, culture and ethnicity for the purpose of fulfilling its mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service. “
“The challenges associated with cultural diversity will have to be addressed by teacher education programs and schools. Research suggests that if we understand attitudes and beliefs we can predict their corresponding behaviors. If schools are to be safe environments for multiple ethnicities, then the importance of identifying the attitudinal needs related to cultural diversity is paramount. This DVD starts a conversation about multicultural attitudes and is a result of an ongoing research project.”
“Neither Jew Nor Gentile not only documents which institutional measures are effective, but shows how and why they work. Yancey finds that efforts to encourage interracial communication and unity promote a positive atmosphere more effectively than measures that emphasize differences among racial groups, and that dialogue among racial groups appears to be essential for the development of a positive racial atmosphere on campus. “
This session helps Christian college students to gain a biblical and effective approach to ethnic relations for their time on campus and future life and ministry. It lays a foundation for viewing ethnic diversity through the lens of Scripture and for dealing with ethnicity-related challenges in a way that is Christ-honoring and which builds unity rather than division.
“Our mission statement said that “Warner Pacific College is an urban Christian liberal arts college,” but the word urban reflected the street address rather than our educational philosophy. We missed the fact that to be educating future leaders in the city meant that our daily reality and institutional identity were inextricably linked to the life and environs of our location in Portland.”
“DeYoung considers reconciliation in its broadest sense with periodic asides to illustrate practical approaches to separation based on race, gender, culture, class, nationalism, etc. The core of Reconciliation describes what is essential for actually engaging in the process of reconciliation: taking responsibility, seeking forgiveness, repairing the wrong, healing the soul, and creating a new way of relating.”
“Standing in the Gap: Student Voices in Reconciliation features the perspectives of Christian College students as they face the challenges of diversity in Higher Education. Christian Colleges and Universities across the country continue to reflect a predominately White suburban middle class culture, a culture that is also embedded in the structures of the institutions. Critical dialogue as well as intentional action is needed. Standing in the Gap addresses these crucial challenges.”
Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "Required reading for seminary students, pastors and teachers, and any who teach. . . . This book challenges us to understand the culture that impacts how and what we preach and teach. . . . [It] contains a wealth of research in the area of teaching and […]
“This session helps trainees see how the insider/outsider dynamic effects a variety of situations in a local congregation. It presents a framework for practicing “the Art of Inclusion” with the ethnic minorities and other groups in an organization that may be easily overlooked. It helps Christians understand how they can apply the biblical principles of showing favor to outsiders (1 Corinthians 12) and avoiding giving favoritism to insiders (James 2) in a way that promotes a healthy, unified community.”
Key to Kinoshita’s 20-year tenure at Biola is a sense of divine calling. “You’ve just got to know and have a conviction deep in your soul that this is the Lord’s work, that we’re about our Father’s business. It’s a fight,” he said. “I know a lot of the people who have left, and they just pour their lives out and it’s just difficult work. It’s deeply personal, and something that I always try to be in prayer about, but obviously you have to know when to manage your stress too.”
This resource is located at: http://lessonplans.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/the-cross-cultural-classroom/ Excerpt: “I often think of culture in terms of the “iceberg concept” commonly used in educational studies, with its small visible tip and huge mass below the surface. Most people tend to view only the surface aspects of culture — observable behavior — sometimes known as the five F’s: […]
click here to view this resource An excellent list of 20 books with brief reviews. From their website: The question is often raised regarding books to look at in order to find more information on addressing issues of diversity from a Christian worldview. This bibliography, though no means exhaustive, provides a starting point for exploring […]