that Trinity is ahead of the curve among most Christian institutions of
higher education, Dr. Robert Andringa, president of the Council for Christian
Colleges and Universities, exhorted the board, faculty, staff, and students
to remain steadfast in pursuing diversity.
During his two-day visit,
Andringa described the increasingly urgent need for Christian colleges
and universities to make their campuses open and accessible to people of
all skin colors, ethnicities, and social classes. He was invited by the
College's ethnic diversity committee to speak at convocation February 13.
"Diversity is biblically
commanded; it's part of our core as followers of Christ," he said. "We
either believe Scripture or we don't, and if we believe it, then we must
Andringa oversees a body
of 104 institutions comprising approximately 215,000 students. He stated
that the average CCCU institution has a minority population near 12 percent.
Trinity's figure is closer to 13 percent, but Andringa cautioned that numbers
should not be the final determinant of campus diversity.
"Trinity is above average,
but the real worth is not in the numbers," he conceded. "Diversity will
not become effective if there is no transformation of the heart and mind.
We have to be willing to change and take risks.
"This is a process that cannot
be delegated to one person or a committee. It shouldn't be limited a few
people to figure out. Everyone is responsible for what we know, and if
we believe in a cause, we must take individual ownership of it."
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