DIVERSITY AT WESTMONT COLLEGE
Westmont strives to be a community informed and enriched by thoughtful and intentional study of and interaction with multiple cultures. As a liberal arts college rooted in Christ, we celebrate diversity as an aspect of God’s creation; we strive to create community out of rich diversity as an aspect of building God’s Kingdom in the world; we value the range of perspectives on the world that stimulates intellectual and personal growth; and we seek for faculty and staff to apprentice students in the art of dealing with diversity in constructive ways. It is an aim of Westmont to prepare graduates who will function intelligently, effectively and for the good of our increasingly intercultural world.
What “Diversity” Means to Westmont
At its October 2009 meetings, the Board of Trustees approved a statement of key terms and identity. This culminated a lengthy campus effort spearheaded by the Mission and Distinctiveness Task Force and the Strategic Planning Committee to define what Westmont means by “evangelical,” “liberal arts,” and “diversity.”
According to this statement, “To the extent the college becomes more fully evangelical, more steeped in the liberal arts and more richly diverse, it will be more ‘Westmont.’ To understand these terms better, then, is to comprehend the college’s community and task more truly.” Included below is the section on “diversity.” more
Every student leader engages in a year long leadership program. Part of that training is a focus on diversity and global awareness. Weaving those important issues in and through our student leadership gatherings, our commitment to our student leaders is to foster and create thoughtful leaders, grateful servants, and faithful leaders for global engagement with diverse people. As we delve into issues of leadership, we also explore complex identities as part of the self-awareness that creates great leadership. more
Many different threads need to come together in order to form a beautiful tapestry of color and textures. Our goal at Westmont College is to create an environment in which Christ's kingdom is woven together and wonderfully displayed right on our campus.