Diversity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Azusa Pacific University — Being. Becoming. Belonging.

“As a Christ-centered community, 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

The Diversity and Inclusion Division is committed to partnering with administration, faculty, staff, and students to cultivate a diverse community, an inclusive climate, and an equitable environment that promotes student and employee thriving for all and enables Azusa Pacific University to become the premier Christian university engaging, educating, and equipping diverse learners and leaders. We strive to promote a university community that honors and respects each individual’s uniqueness while celebrating our collective commonalities. We are committed to leading robust conversations and strategic engagement that leads to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university. We also 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 divisional 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 cultural competency and fluency to effectively engage and promote diverse, global citizenship at APU and beyond.
  • Belonging. Cultivating a university culture and climate that fosters intercultural engagement, authentic community, and belonging.

To promote and sustain diversity and inclusion efforts, we have several centers and offices committed to supporting students, staff, and faculty with their diverse needs. The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity primarily serves our undergraduate students, the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence serves our faculty and staff, and the Office of Military and Veteran Services helps military-connected students. For an overview of additional diversity-related offices, services, and programs, see our Diversity and Inclusion Postcard (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