"There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelations 7:9
Eastern University recognizes that diversity and inclusiveness is essential in establishing a prosperous and productive campus community. Having a diverse faculty and staff community creates energy and insight as well as establishing cultural awareness and shared differences among our community as we seek to follow our mission of Faith, Reason and Justice.
Therefore, having a diverse campus is a primary initiative at Eastern. All members of our community are encouraged and empowered to achieve their personal, educational and career goals while learning about different cultures.
A Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Team has been established to implement a comprehensive plan for diversity and inclusion consistent with Eastern University’s mission and vision that responds to the needs of our students, with a particular focus on supporting underrepresented populations.
Diversity & Inclusion Implementation Team Mission
The mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Implementation Team is to give form and substance to relevant strategies (including those promulgated in the June 2017 report of the D & I Task Force ) to advance diversity and inclusion at Eastern University, thereby reflecting God’s witness in Jesus Christ and the biblical mandates to love others, offer hospitality, pursue justice and live as agents of reconciliation.
Implementation Team Imperatives
- Eastern University’s identity as a Christian university is manifested most effectively through a vibrant, diverse community of students, faculty, staff and leaders. (Revelations 7:9 )
- Institutions that do not commit to comprehensive diversity engagement — cultural, curricular, pedagogical, social, spiritual, structural, symbolic, workforce, etc. — will fail to adequately prepare students with the capacities required to thrive in the twenty-first century. (Association of American Colleges and Universities, “Board Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, 2013 )
- Across universities, the gap between the diversity of a faculty and its students has been shown to impact student retention.
- Shifting demographics continue to increase racial and ethnic diversity in our state, region, and the United States.