What Diversity Means to Us

Andrews University is a Christian institution representing diversity across global, racial, economic, gender, religious and generational lines. As a Seventh-day Adventist institution, we are rooted in the biblical teaching, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:28). This is demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ himself as He crossed barriers, challenged prejudice and embraced the marginalized groups of his day. Compelled by his gracious example, we set forth in our mission to carry the gospel to people of all cultures around the world. Accordingly, we celebrate the richness of diversity at Andrews University and endeavor, through curricular and co-curricular experiences, to develop cultural competence and intelligence.

We commit to more than mere representational diversity but rather to the outcomes of transformational diversity. We explore how diverse peoples have enriched the human experience and develop the interpersonal abilities to respect, appreciate and interact with those of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, experiences and backgrounds. This robust learning environment uniquely equips our students for service to a diverse and global community.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Fundamental Belief #14
The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children.