Message From the Center
Welcome to the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (CDEIE) at Azusa Pacific University!
Our center is dedicated to supporting staff, faculty, and administrators in the pursuit of inclusive excellence through diversity. Inspired by our new vice president/chief diversity officer, Keith Hall, Ed.D., this year’s theme is “Being, Becoming, Belonging.” These words capture the vision for equity, inclusion, and diversity here at APU. Hall believes that we must reflect deeply on the Imago Dei within ourselves. There is a collective responsibility to honor all of the diverse voices here at our university. It is with this collective spirit that the CDEIE is committed to nurturing a community based on the call of God in our lives.
As part of modeling this commitment, the CDEIE offers varied professional development opportunities. One of our nationally recognized efforts is our Diversity Ambassadors Program. Over the past three years more than 200 staff, faculty, and administrators have been trained as diversity ambassadors, who are influential in designing and facilitating professional development for schools and departments, and have developed diversity curriculum and other resources for use by staff and faculty. Along with APU leadership, diversity ambassadors have been influential in the development and support of the university diversity strategic plans, and as a result all levels of the university are actively involved in significant conversations regarding diversity, including the president and cabinet members in their diversity ambassador training—the Executive Diversity Academy (EDA).
Diversity ambassadors also initiate diversity-related projects. An example of an ambassador-led initiative is our Diversity Mosaic Experience (DME), coordinated by Scott Bledsoe, Psy.D., who has developed a dynamic video library, paired with discussion resources that can be applied in and out of the classroom. Additionally, this year we will introduce online resources to supplement classroom sessions and university/department professional development activities.
The 2018-19 academic year is significant for the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, with a wide array of diversity events taking place. These offerings include staff and faculty diversity network luncheons, diversity ambassador trainings, a special speaker series, diversity workshops, our role in the development and support of college/school and department University Diversity Strategic Action Plans, and a regional campus outreach.
The center plays an integral role in supporting the facilitation of a comprehensive diversity plan based on the findings of the 2016 UCLA Climate Study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute. Additionally, the center continues to collaborate with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities on national diversity-related projects.
We look forward to you participating in many of our programs and offerings throughout the year!