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Diversity Commitment

Multnomah University desires to be an educational institution where all students flourish, possessing equal opportunity for success.  We seek to treat all people with love, respect, dignity, and fairness.  We affirm the uniqueness of each person in regard to age, race, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, ability, or evangelical diversity.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we all have a particular position in the Body of Christ: a place for our gifting, a place of great importance.  As the Apostle Paul puts it, “In fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?” (1 Cor. 12:18-19).  Our distinctiveness enhances the Body of Christ.  Together we weave a beautiful tapestry, honoring the richness of our God.  For the Body to function as designed, each person fulfills a distinct role as a member of the Body, one for which they were created from the very beginning (Ps. 139:16).

Consistent with our core values, we aim to develop an intentionally diverse Christian academic community.  We seek to realize our full potential for excellence in learning and serving.  Diversity, of course, is not an end in itself; rather, it is a means to the lofty end of cultivating a healthy educational environment.  Diversity values, for example, students, faculty, and staff understanding why people of various backgrounds interpret and apply the same information differently.  Diversity encompasses inclusion and respect.  It appreciates one another, moving beyond mere tolerance to celebrate our differences.