Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Christian Universities: An Ecological Perspective


Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD, MSW – President, Just 4 Me Consultants, LLC, USA
Tracy Tuffey, MSW  – Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Consultant, Concordia University, WI, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU034000; EDU015000; EDU011000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/IVJC3330

It’s my right to share who I am, but why am I afraid to tell you that I am a Christian? This question has seeped into the catacombs of the minds of humanity throughout the ages. Fear of reprisal from mainstream society intimidates the Christians to the point of frustration. People from every walk of life rally in the general public to present their platforms but it’s the Christians who are afraid to “Come out of the Closet.”This conversation is necessary and I am elated that through this great work scholars will address the inequities that loom in and outside of Christian Universities. The former is more egregious as horror stories are shared by individuals hired in “Christian” Universities who were met with racism, misogyny, inequities in salaries ageism, marginalization of their intelligence and a hypocritical dance around scripture which expresses love but it is not practiced. People of Color are invited to these universities but are forced to leave because of the trauma inflicted through microaggressions and the subversive antics displayed by members of “the host” team. May this great work open up the discussion and parlay a treasure cove of scholarship around this topic. The Message Bible James 1:22-25 says, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!” Those individuals who speak scripture but refuse to practice what they’ve learned are not walking in the word of God, but are walking in error; that is why they can express love but spew out hate. Hopefully, this great work would net a “Man in the Mirror Response” for all readers.

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Table of Contents

Rev. Catherine Gayle, PhD, MSW

Author Bios

Diversity Statements
Tracy Tuffey, MSW and Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD, MSW

Chapter 1: Critical Consciousness and Racial Resilience in Christian Higher Education
Gretchen Jameson, EdD
Milwaukee, USA

Chapter 2: Still Standing: A Black, Millennial Woman’s Journey at a Christian University
Nandi Mallett, MS
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Chapter 3: What does your University think about gender? The answer is in its policies.
Sarah Holtan, PhD
Concordia University, Wisconsin, USA

Chapter 4: Diversity & Me: The Cycle of Infinite Improvement
Steve Gerner, EdD

Chapter 5: Undocumented Students in College: Examining the Obstacles to Higher Education and How Christian Universities Can Help
Holly L. Griskell, PhD & Vittoria Sipone, PhD
Department of Psychology, Concordia University of Wisconsin, Mequon, USA

Chapter 6: You are not the brand!
Eugene Pitchford III, MS
Adjunct Faculty, Black Student Union Faculty Advisor, and Life Coach

Chapter 7: Toward an Ecology of Belonging: A US Latino Perspective toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in North American Christian Universities
Rev. Alberto L. Garcia, PhD
Professor of Theology, Emeritus, Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, USA

Chapter 8: Thankful for the Journey: A Christian Social Worker
Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD, MSW
President, Just 4 Me Consultants, LLC, USA

Moving Forward: Final Thoughts
Kari Metts, MS

Jan Mauldin, MS

Appendix A: Poems

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