Diversity and Inclusion Matter

At ACU, we celebrate the beauty of diversity, and we embrace our differences, affirming that each individual is created in the image of God. Our students, faculty and staff come from an array of cultural backgrounds, perspectives and experiences that bring us together to form a strong and loving community. You belong here.

Learn more about how the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action are working together to create opportunities for learning and growth.

At ACU, we celebrate the beauty of diversity, and we embrace our differences, affirming that each individual is created in the image of God. Our students, faculty and staff come from an array of cultural backgrounds, perspectives and experiences that bring us together to form a strong and loving community. You belong here.

Learn more about how the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action are working together to create opportunities for learning and growth.

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create a campus environment where courageous conversations and intentional listening take place. By introducing new ideas and best practices, the ODEI helps develop ways the entire ACU community can grow together and hold one another accountable.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs oversees six student groups, working together to promote cultural awareness, encourage unity and facilitate open communication on diversity issues. Programs and events sponsored by OMA showcase our students’ creativity as they support each other and share what makes their individual cultures unique.

Student Organizations

Students from all backgrounds and experiences are invited to join and learn from organizations created to celebrate the rich cultures that make up our student body. Learn more about the International Students Association, African Students Association, Black Student Union, Chinese Students’ and Scholars’ Association, Hispanos Unidos and Sister.

Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action

The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action spearheads research on the historical and contemporary role of race and racism in the Christian church and its institutions. As a catalyst for change, the center emphasizes spiritual practices such as prayer, solitude, biblical meditation and silence as methods to address racism in our society.

Quick Facts

  • ACU has an enrollment of 5,293 students, comprising 3,494 undergraduates and 1,797 graduate students, from 51 states and territories, and 45 nations.
  • About 39% of ACU’s student body is racially and ethnically diverse, representing a new hallmark for the university. Of those, 20% are Hispanic, 14% are Black, 8% are American Indian, Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Hawaiian, mixed-race or unknown.
  • About 13% of the university’s faculty is racially and ethnically diverse. 

Initiatives

Spring 2021

Faculty and staff will read Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now by Brenda Salter McNeil.

Faculty and staff will complete online diversity training.

Deans will complete diversity training

Faculty will engage in inclusive pedagogy training through the Adams Center.

The Spain Center will host Jemar Tisby, author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will continue to offer programming for students on the Abilene campus.

Fall 2021

Senior leadership will complete in-depth, strategic diversity training.