Diversity Focused Initiatives
The following list is not exhaustive. Staff and administration are still gathering notes on activity from throughout the wider Gordon-Conwell community (and will update this list). But the following initiatives outline at least some of the key steps that leadership at multiple levels of Gordon-Conwell have taken to address and grow into issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion:
- Every meeting (monthly) includes a discussion of race and justice.
- The cabinet have discussed two books, chapter by chapter: The Color of Compromise by Jamar Tisby and Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley. Our next book is yet to be decided.
- The cabinet consulted with two black scholars on issues of race and justice: Anthony B. Bradley and Vincent Bacote.
- All cabinet members have taken a cultural assessment and are currently in the process of independent review of cultural competency.
President’s Blog: Attentiveness
Issues of race and justice have been central in Dr. Sunquist’s reflection and writing addressed to the Gordon-Conwell community (especially board, faculty, staff, students, alumni).
(Lunch events simulcast from the Hamilton campus)
- “Race, Equity, and Inclusion.” Five-person faculty panel.
- “Pentecostal Recovery of Embodied Worship” (Dr. Aaron Howard).
- “Transgender Identity and Christian Ethics” (Dr. Dennis Hollinger).
- At least 3 with United Faculty and Hamilton Faculty.
- Hamilton faculty invited minority students to speak about “How can the Hamilton campus extend hospitality to international students?”
- Division of Christian Thought—discusses issues of race and inclusion.
- Faculty have begun a review of Gordon-Conwell’s statement on a Theology of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
(Monthly meetings for discussion on current research)
- Jack Davis and Quonekuia Day on “White Theology.”
- Dr. Esau McCaulley on his book “Reading While Black.”
Numerous Hamilton chapels devoted to causes and celebrations:
- Women’s History Month
- Black History Month
- Latino History Month
- Justice Week
Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square
Livestream Series “Fear, Facts, and Faith”:
- “Who Is Our Neighbor”
- “Race in America”
- “Black History & White Empathy: The Seeds of a New Awakening?”
- “Vaccines, Safe Living, & ‘Loving Thy Neighbor’ in an Age of COVID-19”
Portraits of white, male presidents moved to a less conspicuous place in hallways of the Kerr building. In their place, student, multicultural artwork has adorned the walls more prominently.
Faculty will vote this month (March 2021) to adopt a statement/guideline on diversity in syllabi:
“In recognition of the global church and the rich diversity of the kingdom, we aspire to equip our students to minister effectively in a multicultural world. Therefore, in each course, whenever feasible, faculty will include one or more of the following: reading(s) by scholars from the global church, and/or lecture units, assignments, discussions, case studies, interviews, videos, etc., that incorporate topics related to the global church.”
Multiple events such as the recent one on Critical Race Theory.
ATS Symposia: Deans attended events on topics related to race and justice.
Harassment training required for all faculty and staff.