As a Christ-centered university, Azusa Pacific welcomes and supports the opportunity for all students to engage in open political dialogue, including those with a conservative viewpoint.
Late last week, an online article inaccurately reported that the university banned a conservative club on campus. We would like to provide some clarification on that issue. The university’s Young Conservative club has been in existence for a number of years. Recently, the club requested to change their name and be formally associated with the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) group. The university instead encouraged the group to keep its membership open to all conservative students.
As an academic institution placing God First in all that we do, we not only welcome open dialogue with political student clubs on our campus, we encourage it as part of the total growth experience of our students. Azusa Pacific supports much of what YAF stands for, including its goal of preserving the U.S. Constitution, its values, and the God-given rights that we are guaranteed in that precious document. However, YAF uses divisive language and embraces some forms of political activism that do not align with who we are as a university.
APU has supported and will continue to support open and honest discourse on a variety of political opinions and ideas. We strive to avoid those polarizing discussions commonly found in secular society, and instead encourage our community to examine political issues from a biblical worldview, to model civic virtue for our campus community, and to encourage spiritual unity in Christ.
Azusa Pacific remains committed, as an evangelical, Christian institution, to be the light of Jesus Christ, in whom we find our ultimate freedom. It is that freedom that empowers us to love God and love our neighbor, as we strive to develop students who will make a difference in the world.
We invite you to learn more about who we are as a university:
- University Mission Statement
- What We Believe
- President’s 2012 Faculty/Staff Kickoff Address
- Upcoming Lectures