Vision for Diversity
Guided by the biblical narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, Calvin University strives to pursue God’s redeeming work in the world by courageously and faithfully engaging the fullness of our similarities and differences in our learning and living together.
Calvin University equips members of the college community to think deeply about diversity, to act justly when they encounter injustices both locally and globally, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation in the world.
We embrace diversity in God’s creation
- seeking to reflect the diversity in the Body of Christ within our college community;
- valuing each person as created in the image of the triune God and thus intended for community;
- respecting the complexity of human identities; and
- recognizing human difference as central to an education that fosters critical thinking, empathy,and dialogue.
We lament human brokenness
- observing that individuals and social systems have and continue to oppress people locally and globally;
- recognizing and repenting our past and current participation in unjust social systems;
- grieving our thoughts, words and actions that diminish, caricature, or isolate one another;
- repenting of both our actions and inactions that leave members of our community feeling unsafe or unwelcomed.
We reconcile with one another
- bridging divisions that separate people from one another and from God;
- partaking in courageous conversations where varied perspectives are welcome;
- challenging unjust systems of power, privilege, and oppression; and
- building and sustaining social structures that foster the common good and the Body of Christ.
We embody shalom
- anticipating restored creation, where people from every nation, tribe and language worship God and live in harmony;
- pursuing human flourishing in our relationships, curriculum, staffing, resource allocation and corporate actions;
- affirming that all things hold together in Christ, to the glory of God, and through the working of the Holy Spirit; and
- working alongside others with compassion, confronting our own and others’ injustice and sharing hope in Christ’s justice and mercy.