Programs

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The Rev. Billy Kirk Scholar Leadership Program

The Rev. Billy Kirk Scholar Leadership program honors a man who served as a pastor and leader in the South Bend community for almost 50 years. In addition to being a Bethel College student in the 1950s, Rev. Kirk received an honorary doctorate from Bethel in 2001, recognizing his commitment to the South Bend/Mishawaka community. He embodied the intellectual curiosity, desire for stronger community and spiritual commitment for which we all should strive.

This program is an award that opens the door for students to freely pursue their life calling and leadership development. The purpose of this program is to assist students of color in their pursuit of a Christian education at Bethel College.

“Since its beginning in 2004, the Billy Kirk Leadership Scholarship Program continues its tradition of strong performance in the realms of academia and leadership. The overarching goal for the Billy Kirk Scholars is for them to leave Bethel as ambitious and audacious leaders who possess a genuine love for people and, most importantly, an even greater love for Jesus,” said Zachary Gillis, campus coordinator for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Billy Kirk Scholars attend a pre-college session upon acceptance into the program as well as participate in a summer retreat leading up to their freshman start. While students at Bethel, scholars will:

  • Hold weekly meetings 
  • Plan various campus events
  • Experience various leadership training opportunities
  • Have fellowships, outings, and retreats
  • Hold student leadership positions on campus

Apply online or contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion ODI@BethelCollege.edu.

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American Sign Language Club (ASL Club)

The ASL Club exists to increase opportunities for ASL students to practice American Sign Language in settings outside the classroom, host events and trips relevant to students wishing to learn about ASL and its surrounding culture, and encourage fellowship among Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people. Any interested student with a basic knowledge of ASL skills (knows the manual alphabet and basic introductory phrases) is invited to join. Visit the club's page.

 

Black Student Fellowship

The Black Student Fellowship serves to create, cultivate, and challenge students at Bethel College through community service, entertainment, and quality programs. We acknowledge the value of the diversity and distinctiveness of the black undergraduate community at Bethel College and recognize both the need for unity among black students and a strong relationship among all undergraduates. This organization strives to provide social support for students of color, as well as create an environment for anyone who would like to learn more about African American culture. We aim to create an enjoyable college experience for all students and welcome all to join!

Judith & Ernest Davis Speaker Series

This speaker series is in honor of a Bethel alumna Judith Davis, for the purpose of discussing relevant topics on campus around diversity. Throughout the academic school year speakers are invited to campus to engage our students, faculty, and staff in meaningful conversations.

Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel College, a Master of Health Services Administration from Xavier University, and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. She is a fellow at the Academy of Healthcare for Healthcare Management. Davis also serves in numerous capacities for health care-related organizations in the Chicago area and has been a member of the Bethel Board of Trustees since 2014.

Davis is currenlty divisional vice president of Clinical Operations Government Programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Since joining the organization in 2005, she has served in various roles, including director of the clinical operations support unit. Davis previously worked for Freiberg Orthopedics and Wediko Children's Center.

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IMPACT Visit Day

IMPACT is an event specifically designed for first-generation college students and students of color. Explore Bethel’s campus and learn more about the college process and how to make it affordable. You’ll stay overnight in a residence hall, attend class, experience chapel, tour campus and connect with current students and professors. To sign up or for more information, contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion ODI@BethelCollege.edu.

 

International Student Fellowship

International Student Fellowship provides a “home away from home” for students who have traveled to the United States to study. Monthly gatherings give the students an opportunity to experience local American culture, share experiences, enjoy different ethnic foods, and fellowship with other international students. The club is also open to those students who have lived abroad or have an interest in learning firsthand about other cultures. Learn more about campus life for international student.