Warner Pacific College to Host the National Diversity Conference of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

 Warner Pacific College is set to host the spring 2013 Changing Faces Conference: Cultural Competency, Diversity, and Reconciliation, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The conference will convene April 5-7, registration information can be found at http://www.cccu.org.

Following the success of the inaugural Changing Faces conference in the fall of 2011, the CCCU is pleased to offer another opportunity for Chief Diversity Officers and others supporting diversity efforts in CCCU institutions to gather and explore themes of faith and multiculturalism. Guest speakers include, William Paul Young, author of the world-wide best seller, The Shack, and Richard Twiss, President of Wiconi International, an organization that works for the well-being of Native people by advancing cultural formation, indigenous education, spiritual awareness and social justice connected to the teachings and life of Jesus, through an indigenous worldview framework.

Warner Pacific College is ideally suited to host this conference, with a multi-ethnic student population, a commitment to diversity as a way of life, and a strong understanding of the urban identity of the Portland metropolitan community. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage the culture of Portland, which serves as the framework for a college that is, “in the city, for the city.”

“Warner Pacific is honored to host this important conference,” said the College’s President, Dr. Andrea P. Cook. “Reaching out to diverse and historically under-served populations is at the core of the College’s mission and we are excited to share what we have learned with our colleagues and embrace the wisdom that those from other CCCU colleges have to offer, as we work together to create diverse and equitable institutions of higher education.”

The CCCU is a higher education association of 170 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 118 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 54 affiliate campuses from 19 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Founded in 1937 in Spokane, Washington, as Pacific Bible College, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

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