Being. Becoming. Belonging.

“As an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars, Azusa Pacific University approaches diversity from a biblical perspective, affirming that diversity is an expression of God’s image, love, and boundless creativity.”

What We Believe: Our Identity and Values in Community

Diversity is an expressed value at Azusa Pacific University. We firmly believe that diversity reflects God's image, love, and creativity. Therefore, we strive to cultivate a university environment that honors and respects each individual’s uniqueness while celebrating our collective commonalities. In pursuit of this outcome, we continue to engage in robust conversation and discourse to consider a variety of perspectives with a spirit of humility, a heart to actively listen, and a commitment to speak truthfully yet tactfully. We continue our efforts to recruit, hire, and support a diverse community in an effort to create a milieu that reflects the mosaic of God’s Kingdom. The distinctives below conceptualize desired outcomes that inform our vision for the diverse demography of faculty, staff, and students at APU.  

  • Being. Celebrating the presence and God-given capacity of each individual while also acknowledging implicit biases that we bring to the community
  • Becoming. Developing intercultural competency and strategic skill at engaging and valuing diverse citizenship at APU and beyond
  • Belonging. Cultivating a university culture and climate that fosters intercultural engagement and authentic community    

To promote and sustain diversity and inclusion efforts, we have two centers committed to supporting students, staff, and faculty with their diverse needs. The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity primarily serves our undergraduate students, and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence serves our faculty and staff. For an overview of additional diversity-related offices, services, and programs, see our Diversity Matters brochure (PDF). To report only nonemergency bias-related incidents, use the Bias Incident Reporting tool.

Thank you for your partnership and collaborative engagement.

Keith E. Hall, Ed.D. 
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer