Intercultural and Global Engagement College Initiatives
Westmont’s strategic plans place high priority on intercultural and global engagement, so our college initiatives each year amplify our focus on diversity, global outreach, and intercultural competency. We commit to improving how we, as a full community, help each other engage in learning together, listening to one another, living in community, appreciating differences, and pursuing reconciliation. Collectively, we seek to promote justice and hope. God calls and empowers us to be instruments of justice and to actively oppose racism in every form. As a college community, we commit to pursuing new and ongoing conversations exploring, acknowledging and accepting our diversity. We need to invite ourselves into one another’s stories more and respond to the invitations of others. We strive to embrace each other’s God-given dignity and worth as we live in unity and celebrate our diversity. Most importantly, Westmont upholds and strengthens its commitment to being a community that seeks justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God.
The Work of Arrabon
Arrabon equips Christian leaders and their communities to effectively engage in reconciliation. Westmont’s two-year agreement with Arrabon from 2020-2022 includes activities such as coordinating and leading focus groups, workshops, planning, and programming across the Westmont community for its faculty, staff, and students.
Arrabon will facilitate the convergence of shared knowledge, language, and civil dialogue for the entire Westmont College community to gain a shared vision and be on the transformational journey to becoming a reconciling community.
The Arrabon Process
Ethics is the preferred apologetics for Gen Z. In previous generations, evangelism was about answering questions of epistemology, “How do we know?” In this generation, young people are asking, “What do we do about what’s broken in this world?” When a Christian community is on the transformational journey of becoming a reconciling community, we become a ‘foretaste’ of the Kingdom of God that this generation is longing for.
David Bailey, Executive Director Director
Featured Chapel Resources
Carol Houston, February 26, 2016
David Bailey, Jan. 17, 2020
Carmel Saad, June 11, 2020