Multicultural Focus

Goal: To promote a welcoming multicultural climate in ACU classes and among the faculty. We believe our plans take significant steps toward achieving this goal.

A memo to ACU faculty from the Faculty Development Committee

Romans 12:1-2

"I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."

This scripture inspires a holistic approach to faculty development that addresses cultural diversity. The Faculty Development Committee is combining efforts with the Adams Center and faculty members across the university. We want to provide events and resources that promote a welcoming multicultural climate in ACU classes and among the faculty. Through combined efforts, we will experience the benefits of a multicultural environment, lift up the contributions of ethnic individuals and cultures, and open doors to learn from one another's multicultural experiences.

Planned Change

ACU is being transformed into a multicultural community -- a change befitting our 94-year-old mission. ACU's Centennial Vision addresses this change in the section on campus globalization, and the new strategic plan outlines initiatives related to cultural diversity under principle #2. The Faculty Development Committee and the Adams Center strongly support the transformation and consider it the right thing to do.

In our roles as faculty development planners, we listen to faculty express needs and challenges. We also recognize that the demographic changes affect all of us, presenting additional challenges that prompt us to plan a positive response.

Holistic Approach -- Head, Heart, Hands

Using a holistic approach, our efforts integrate head, heart, and hands. Planned resources and activities will: expand our knowledge to help us integrate multicultural perspectives in our teaching; touch our hearts to help us grow in understanding and openness to diverse cultural perspectives; and motivate actions of service that contribute to a welcoming multicultural climate.

Events and Resources

1. "Embracing the American Diversity: A Faculty Workshop to Tell Our Stories," conducted by Al Haley, November 1 and November 9, 2000

2. Archive of stories developed during the faculty workshops with Al Haley in November 2000

3. Website for accessing resources on cultural diversity and the contributions of ethnic individuals and cultures: Multicultural Enrichment

4. "Common Ground" by PBS: live videoconference to discuss how leaders of present day faith communities can promote religious and racial understanding, December 1, 2000

5. Cause for Complaint: one-hour drama by ACU alumnus Thomas Ward: a theatrical production for faculty and spouses that focuses on multicultural concerns expressed by ACU faculty and students, presented January 12, 13, and 14, 2001

6. Spring Presession Conference for faculty and spouses: dinner, time of praise, a charge given by J McDonald Williams, and recognition of service related to cultural diversity at ACU, January 14, 2001


We welcome ideas from each of you and appreciate your commitment to serving at ACU as instruments in God's hands as we mutually strive to "Change the World."

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