Dean's Desk (March 2017)

Earlier this semester, CLAS faculty, staff, and students gathered in Upper Turner for the second annual academic chapel to highlight how we are living out our CLAS mission. This year, the theme focused on our commitment to "Civic Engagement," and students from Global Studies, Biology, and History shared how their programs have helped prepare them to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God" (Micah 6:8).

This month, we continue the theme of "Civic Engagement" by highlighting Prof. Grace Bahng, Global Studies, who is engaged in research to serve families and children in Los Angeles County; Engineering and Physics student, Megan Krupa, who takes time away from her studies to serve her campus colleagues; and featured alumna, Ivy Quintero (Spanish and Political Science '14), who, in addition to working for Teach for America, helps mentor Latino youth across the Inland Empire.

But, these are only representatives of the many APU faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are working to better their communities. Now, more than ever, we need people who are committed to serving those around them. One of my favorite passages in Scripture reminds us that our individual well-being (Jeremiah 29:11) first depends on the welfare of the city (Jeremiah 29:7), and for all of you who are doing your part to make our neighborhoods, cities, states, and nation a better place, I offer my sincere and humble thanks.

If you get a moment, please share your civic engagement story by sending a note to We'd love to hear it!

Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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