Message From the DME Coordinator
Welcome to the Diversity Mosaic Experience (DME), a project that showcases important issues related to culture and diversity through videotaped narratives of current and former students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Azusa Pacific University.
“Diversity is truly a gift from God.”
The DME is a part of the APU Diversity Ambassadors Program and shares the vision of promoting healing through celebration of similarities and differences among the many peoples and groups that share God’s Kingdom. By viewing these videos, you will better understand the importance of diversity-related issues, including microaggressions and privilege, ideas for bringing about change at APU, and unique perspectives from individuals such as international students and those who are the first in their families to attend college. Each video offers a personal narrative and ends with a question to prompt reflection and/or classroom discussion about the topic at hand.
Diversity is truly a gift from God, and as Gandhi said, “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization.” By viewing these videos, you will experience the joys and pains of others, and the vision for a stronger future filled with a deeper understanding of diversity that is cherished at APU.
The DME is a collaborative effort that would not be possible without the vital contributions of Richard Martinez and Susan Warren. Also included are the talents of the following faculty and staff members, all tireless advocates for diversity and inclusivity: Patricia Andujo, Michelle Cox, Stephanie Fenwick, Evan Gallagher, Yvette Latunde, Kandy Mink Salas, Joyce Gomez-Najarro, Maria Pacino, and Andy Vivanco.
If you would like to take part in the DME, discuss your ideas, or make your own diversity video, contact me at email@example.com.