ACU To Discuss Racial Issues on Campus as Part of Nationwide Effort

for immediate release April 13, 1998

Abilene Christian University will participate in President Clinton's nationwide initiative on race, titled "One America in the 21st Century."

ACU students, faculty and staff will become part of the monthlong dialogue by discussing racial and ethnic diversity on their campus Thursday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m. in the Hilton Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center.

The event will begin with a buffet dinner. Then selected students, staff and faculty will briefly discuss their perspectives on racial and ethnic diversity at ACU. As a group, those present will develop strategies for supporting racial and ethnic harmony on campus and in the community.

"As a Christian university, we believe we have a special responsibility to the Body of Christ where in Him all are equal," said Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost.

"As one writer stated, 'Every year, America becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, and it is clear that young people, America's future leaders, are the most important constituency to reach in our effort to create one America. Institutions of higher education are primary vehicles for reaching young people, and education is vital to bridging racial divides'," VanRheenen wrote in a memo to faculty and staff.

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