May. 25, 2017
On Thursday, Feb. 12, nearly 400 students traveled to Southern California to attend Biola’s Student Congress of Racial Reconciliation conference, totaling attendance to 675 — one of the highest attendance rates in SCORR’s history. From Seattle Pacific University in Washington to Cedarville University in Ohio, ten schools from across the nation were represented at the 17th annual conference advocating and promoting racial reconciliation.
Students were encouraged to attend regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. Doretha O’Quinn, vice president of multi-ethnic and cross-cultural engagement said the focus of the conference was reconciliation to one another and was open for all.
“The miscommunication is that this is a student of color event. No, this is a Biola community event,” said O’Quinn.
Music, dancing, discussions and seminars addressed issues of diversity on college campuses across the nation and focused on broadening cultural perspectives. Speakers offered attendees tools to better understand their role in the world and taught on reconciliation and justice from a biblical perspective.
Biola’s Diversity Leadership Committee, a group of Biola’s faculty whose goal is to explore and research diversity between all people on campus, worked to support the SCORR conference. Glen Kinoshita, director of the Multi-ethnic Programs and member of Biola’s DLC, was pleased with the interactions he observed at the conference.
“People are engaging, asking questions, and [dialoguing]. That shows that there’s a good amount of learning and that schools are interacting with each other,” said Kinoshita.
Speakers included Adam Edgerly, lead Pastor of Newsong Los Angeles Covenant Church, staff from the Multi-Ethnic Programs and professors from a number of colleges. Ivan Chung, director of international student services, also a member of the DLC, taught a workshop on building bridges globally and locally.
“Through seminars like this, we’re bringing the issue of reconciliation in different ways. We have many different students from other campuses bringing their gifts and talents here ... there’s a little something for everyone,” he said. “We are trying to influence and impact our culture.”
Written by Rachel Snyder, Media Relations Intern. For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Specialist, at 562.777.4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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