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Approaching D.E.I. Within Christian-Centered Colleges and Universities

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in Christian-founded institutions of higher education refer to the efforts that are made to create a culture where students of all backgrounds and beliefs feel supported and respected. Diversity is about creating an environment where everyone can express their individuality without fear of judgment or exclusion. Equity refers to equal access for people from diverse backgrounds and ensuring fairness in admissions, programming, support services, policies, etc. Inclusion is about actively engaging with different perspectives to ensure meaningful participation in decision-making processes both within the university's structures and beyond them into our broader community.

The Bible promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in many ways. For instance, Jesus' commands to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12) call for inclusion of all people regardless of race or religion. Additionally, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) teaches us that we should treat everyone with kindness and respect no matter who they are or where they come from; this serves as an example of how diversity can be celebrated. Lastly, Ephesians 6:8 encourages believers to work diligently and fairly so that everyone has equitable access to resources — essential for creating an inclusive environment in any field.

Colleges can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion while remaining true to core Christian values by creating a welcoming and respectful environment of everyone's beliefs and cultural backgrounds. This includes embracing open dialogue and education around different worldviews to foster understanding between individuals. It also involves creating support systems for those who feel marginalized or excluded due to their faith or culture. Additionally, it means providing resources such as counseling services tailored to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Finally, colleges should strive to ensure equitable access to educational opportunities regardless of religion or background, so all students have a fair chance at success in college.

Because all humans are made in God's image and likeness, this should push us towards a more equitable society by inspiring us to be kind, humble, and understanding towards each other. We must recognize that everyone has the same intrinsic value regardless of their background or beliefs. To do this, we must strive for fairness and justice in our institutions so that all individuals have equal access to resources and opportunities. Additionally, it is important to celebrate diversity and promote open dialogue on sensitive topics such as politics and religion with respect for differing points of view.

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