As recent headlines—from Starbucks to Charlottesville—have illustrated, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to the issues of race and ethnicity in the United States of America. The Office of Multicultural Ministries seeks to equip members of the VTS family to imagine and shape communities in which all sorts of people can thrive, united in our diversity.
Our office also helps the seminary as an institution to fulfill its own commitments to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. Key components of this work include sharing the experiences of communities of color, supporting student activism against racial domination, recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting anti-racism through classes and events, and partnering with others on campus to be sure diversity is reflected in our life together.
Please be on the lookout throughout the year for specific Multicultural Ministries speakers and programs. This is an effort in which everyone can play a part!
Joseph D. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies Director of Multicultural Ministries