DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We are dedicated to this pursuit
No borders at Calvin University
- December 23,2020
- Calvin University created an online cohort so that international students who could not make it to campus this fall would have an option to begin their time at Calvin. This fall, 65 students completed their first semester online, and all 65 intend to continue online or in-person this spring.
Calvin University opens a new door for students with disabilities
- November 13,2020
- A $1.2 million Transition and Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant from the U.S. Department of Education puts Calvin on a path to be the first university in Michigan to offer a Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary program.
Calvin hosts conversation about race, faith, and justice
- June 4,2020
- On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Calvin University hosted a virtual conversation on race, faith, and justice. Michael Le Roy, president of Calvin University, facilitated the 90-minute conversation that included a couple of his colleagues at Calvin and a couple of advisors and friends from the Grand Rapids area.
SHARING OUR STORIES
What does it mean to be part of a diverse community? How can we experience authentic inclusion? Sharing stories helps us to interpret these questions and respond to the world around us. The following quotes offer glimpses into the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our community.
Calvin grad combats poverty in Harlem by expanding students’ worlds
Deborah Walker ’05 is a teacher in Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization that covers 100 blocks of Central Harlem and takes a comprehensive cradle-to-college approach to combatting poverty. She sees her Calvin education influencing her everyday work with sixth-grade students:
“Everyone’s around the mission of getting these kids to go to college and combatting poverty and expanding people’s worlds, because a lot of people in New York—if you live in a certain borough, especially if you’re born in poverty, you don’t get beyond your block or beyond your borough. Teaching for me is an act of service, just interacting with kids and finding ways to love them and let them know they’re cared for and they matter. This is something I love and I’m passionate about… it’s me giving something to God and giving something back to the world, in a way. That’s what I learned here [at Calvin] that I take to every place I go.”
Working for racial reconciliation as a white majority student
Connor Schmidt ’14, of Dallas, Texas, recently met with diversity consultant Latrece Moffett at a diversity conference. He recalls how Moffett inspired him to look for opportunities to work for justice and reconciliation as a member of the majority:
“[Moffett said,] ‘For most of my life I’ve been fighting against what I’m going to tell you. The best way to get disinterested students involved is to find someone from the majority to champion the idea that this is something they need to be invested in. Only when one of their majority peers calls them to action will they be inclined to follow.’ When I admitted to her that I felt like I wasn’t using my position as a majority white male at Calvin to bring about change and that I felt like I could be doing so much more she looked me in the eye. She said that I was here for a purpose; I was like an Esther preparing the way. All I needed to do was trust Him to guide my steps.”
My hope is that the Calvin community becomes increasingly marked by diversity, inclusive excellence, cultural competency, and global awareness. Affirming the fundamental Christian belief that all humans are made in the image of God, Calvin must address the sins of inequality and exclusion around race and ethnicity, and act toward a vision of shalom marked by racial and ethnic justice and reconciliation. Moving toward these objectives helps Calvin to achieve its FEN commitments and accomplish its primary work of preparing students for lives of renewal in an increasingly diverse world.” President Le Roy, 2013-14 Multicultural Affairs Committee report
“My hope is that the Calvin community becomes increasingly marked by diversity, inclusive excellence, cultural competency, and global awareness. Affirming the fundamental Christian belief that all humans are made in the image of God, Calvin must address the sins of inequality and exclusion around race and ethnicity, and act toward a vision of shalom marked by racial and ethnic justice and reconciliation. Moving toward these objectives helps Calvin to achieve its FEN commitments and accomplish its primary work of preparing students for lives of renewal in an increasingly diverse world.”
—President Le Roy, 2013-14 Multicultural Affairs Committee report
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
You’re invited to speak your experience and listen to the experiences of others. Following God and learning from our peers, we can live out the biblical principles of reconciliation as we fight the sin of racism and celebrate the diverse body of Christ.
When learning isn’t enough
We are eager to learn, but how often do we take the time to unlearn the stereotypes and misperceptions that build barriers between us? For almost 15 years, students have championed the tradition of Unlearn Week, a dedicated week of events and discussions about multiculturalism and anti-racism. With past events like the World Food Fair, Poetry Jam, and a one-man play on racial identity, each year’s Unlearn Week promises to bring memorable celebrations and conversations about the cultures around and among us.
Dance, sing and celebrate
Rangeela, meaning “colorful” in Hindi, is a colorful performance indeed. Sometimes called Calvin’s international variety show, the evening of learning and entertainment features song, dance, and fashion from around the globe. Whether you participate on stage or in the audience, don’t miss the sold-out experience each February.
Being the change
Are you a justice-seeker? Do you want to alleviate poverty, stand up against racism and change a culture embedded with materialism? Calvin’s John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows program, named for civil rights activist John M. Perkins, equips students to dig deep into the servant-leadership style of Christ. After graduation, Perkins Fellows will take their skills and knowledge into communities to empower others through Christ-like leadership.
You don’t have to be a student to benefit from Calvin’s educational events on multiculturalism. In addition to an abundance of events throughout the year, Calvin opens the free From Every Nation Symposium on Race each March to all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. Listen to inspiring presenters, ask tough questions, and watch your world expand through this unique event series.
U.S. ethnic minorities in Calvin’s student body
International students in Calvin’s student body
Multicultural scholarships awarded to U.S. ethnic minorities
Students benefit from disability services
Scholarship awarded to all incoming students who are first-generation college students.
Male-female student ratio
No one member of our community can effectively work for diversity and inclusion alone. However, by working together through both trials and victories, we can create true change on our campus and around the world. Here are some resources to help you get connected.
Student support and leadership
These programs, offices, and services are key campus resources for issues related to diversity and inclusion: