ACU faculty full of diversity

For Immediate Release
Sept. 15, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
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The faculty at Abilene Christian University is changing.

Just a few years ago, cultural diversity on campus was limited. But today the faces of the faculty tell a different story.

Dr. Patricia Hernandez, associate professor of biology and sponsor for Hispanos Unidos, has been promoting multi-cultural perspectives at ACU since she joined the faculty in 1989.

When she came to ACU, there was only one other full-time minority faculty member. Now there are almost 20.

Dr. Hernandez said, "It is important to have a diverse faculty so we can understand life from different cultural and socioeconomic perspectives. Also, if we can communicate with other people, we can share Christ."

Raye Lakey, director of instructional development, agrees that having a culturally diverse faculty is something that is important for the ACU community.

"We often hear the famous saying that we do not like what we do not know or understand," Lakey said. "By being a part of a multi-cultural community, our attitudes change, and we are much better prepared to change the world because of the learning that transforms our own thinking and level of tolerance."

"Students benefit from a culturally diverse faculty because it helps students to better prepare for the diverse world in which they will lead and serve," Lakey said.

Hernandez believes that by providing more diverse perspectives of our world, ACU is training students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

"The administration is behind a diverse faculty," she said. "It takes time to achieve this goal." She said that even though ACU still has a long way to go, it is headed in the right direction.


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