The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is an institutional response to achieve academic and institutional excellence. Through excellence, we can address the needs and inequalities of historically disadvantaged individuals or groups while fostering a learning environment and inclusive community for all students, faculty and staff to succeed in an increasingly diverse society. These groups include:
Access & Retention: Improve the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff of color.
Inclusive Campus Climate: Create a hospitable environment for all students, faculty and staff to experience acceptance, belonging and feel empowered to engage in the campus culture as a valued member of our community.
Community Partnerships: To serve larger Michiana community by providing opportunities of community engagement through collaboration and programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
The mission of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion is to educate, engage and empower the Bethel College community through collaborations and resources to achieve academic and institutional excellence while fostering an inclusive campus climate.
The office supports our GREATer agenda and mission to provide liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service. It is our desire to see God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven and to exemplify God’s love and grace in the pursuit of excellence.
“I want our students of color – now one out of every five Bethel students – to flourish. Others do too. That’s why Diversity is an institutional value to help employees and students of color be truly welcomed into our community, and Inclusion values that we help others remain, to completely fulfill God’s best plan for their lives”.