Sep. 2, 2014
Biola University today celebrated the opening of the Mosaic Cultural Center, a new space that will play an important role in the university’s ongoing efforts to celebrate and foster diversity on campus. The center, which will house the office of Cross-Cultural Engagement and Multi-Ethnic Programs & Development, will serve the campus-wide community and external groups with a wide range of educational opportunities and events.
“My prayer is that this Mosaic Cultural Center be the gathering place, actually one of many, in this community where we reflect our commitment to prepare students who are ready to take on the challenges of the world, to live in diverse settings and provide servant leadership where the world most desperately needs it,” Biola President Barry H. Corey said at a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“May we celebrate the multi-ethnic mosaic of this campus ... and increasingly be a community defined by the image of God that is beautifully formed in each of us.”
As part of an effort to foster diversity on campus, the center will expand study abroad and domestic off-campus programs as well as host campus events for students, faculty and staff — including workshops, trainings, lectures, film screenings, cultural celebrations, music performances, poetry readings and more.
Outfitted with new technological tools including video conferencing, provided by a $100,000 grant from The Ahmanson Foundation, the potential impact of the center is far-reaching, as Biola desires to make the university’s most beneficial educational resources widely available online, said Doretha O'Quinn, vice provost of multi-ethnic and cross-cultural engagement. With its innovative use of technology, coupled with the specialized training and programming it offers, the center will lead the way in the cultivation of cross-cultural citizens, serving as a model for other institutions that wish to do similarly on their campuses, she said.
The center directly supports Biola’s commitment as outlined in theUniversity Plan to cultivate competent and courageous graduates and nurture a cross-cultural Christian community.
“The center provides safety, hospitality, accountability and learning,” O’Quinn said. “It provides an opportunity to advance the biblical mandate for diversity through engaging in critical thought and dialogue; intercultural competency development; and educational training in community-based instruction and learning through civic engagement and study abroad. It is a place where all are welcome.”
The facility, located at the west end of Rose Hall, is equipped with a large community space, four staff offices, a conference room and a kitchen area. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours, live music and global hors d’oeuvres took place Monday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the new center.
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