Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity
The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity (SCRD) holds as its primary mission to support the university’s larger mission of God-honoring diversity. SCRD designs and implements a continuum of programs and services that promote undergraduate student recruitment and retention, student leadership development, and the pursuit of academic success and graduation. SCRD’s efforts expand cultural awareness for all students, faculty, and staff in order to promote equality and model racial reconciliation, unity, and an appreciation of all cultures.
The SCRD pursues this mission by:
- Investing in the development of student leaders who serve as catalysts for communication and understanding among people of all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Providing supplemental support and services for ethnic minority students.
- Sponsoring programs and activities that increase awareness of and appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity.
The center also coordinates multiple scholarship programs. The Multi-Ethnic Leadership Scholarship program involves education in diversity, leadership, and discipleship with selected students who become leaders of cross-cultural understanding and racial reconciliation on campus and beyond, and the TELACU Scholarship program is offered in collaboration with The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU). The center also provides information on fellowship and internship opportunities offered by outside organizations for ethnic minority student populations, and sponsors various campus events, including Connections, progressive dinners, and a week focused on racial reconciliation.
Ethnic Organizations and Student Groups
APU’s ethnic organizations offer a forum for fellowship, education, and dialogue to encourage the appreciation of similarities and differences between all cultures represented by the APU community. Staff promote student development through annual programming and the advisement of these ethnic organizations:
- Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO)
- Black Student Association (BSA)
- Latin American Student Association (LASA)
- Middle Eastern Student Organization (MESO)
- Native American Student Circle (NASC)
- Pacific Islander Organization (PIO)
- Mosaic Caucus
- Korean Fellowship
- Armenian Student Association
Ethnic organizations strive to unite and build community by fostering an environment that cultivates awareness, understanding, reconciliation, and appreciation, so that cultural exchange can be embraced and celebrated. Ethnic organizations seek to be a safe place where students can challenge perspective, build relationships, share cultures, and learn to identify with one another.
In addition to regular meetings, ethnic organizations sponsor and cosponsor campus visits, an annual luau, cultural coffeehouses, focused discussion groups, guest speakers, and luncheons. Each organization invites participation and involvement from all students, as everyone has ethnicity and culture to contribute to the fabric of APU. All ethnic organizations and programs are student led and advised by SCRD and invested faculty and staff.
The Mosaic Caucus is an advisory group that represents the undergraduate Latino, black, Asian, Armenian, international, and all other student populations at Azusa Pacific University. It is composed of the leadership in LASA, BSA, PIO, APASO, Korean Fellowship, ASA, other ethnic organizations, and the Student Government Association. This group collaborates with and is supervised by the SCRD.
The purpose of the Mosaic Caucus is to create and maintain an environment at APU where diverse cultures are celebrated rather than reacting to issues of racism or discrimination. Although the group responds to such issues, it strives to change the fabric of APU with the hopes of eliminating such negative forces. The Mosaic Caucus facilitates conversations around issues of diversity, primarily related to ethnicity, race, equity, and culture. The group’s hope is to foster racial harmony on campus in becoming reflective of the Kingdom of God.
Students are welcome to stop by the SCRD office—located on Cougar Walk next to the associate dean’s office—for more information on programs, activities, and scholarships, or to just relax. To stay informed, contact us or sign up for the mailing list by submitting your name and email address to the SCRD, or call (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3720. For an overview of additional diversity-related offices, services, and programs, see our Diversity Matters brochure, as well as the Bias Incident Reporting tool for nonemergency incidents only.