Office of the President, University News
We conclude our month-long diversity plan series focusing on our fourth goal, which is focused on providing a welcoming atmosphere for our students. For the more than 1,500 students who set foot on CSP’s campuses in St. Paul and Portland, it’s important to have spaces that meet their needs and provide hospitality and community. One such example is the Dr. Cheryl T. Chatman Diversity Center in St. Paul.
Named for our longtime Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity, the Chatman Diversity Center is the hub of multicultural programming at CSP. The Center sponsors cross-cultural clubs, programs, and activities that provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue, interactions, and experiences that increase the knowledge, appreciation, trust, and respect for students from all cultures.
Our welcoming presence extends beyond our physical campuses to our students that attend classes online as well. Through academic support, CSP Ministry resources, and virtual engagement opportunities, Concordia strives to meet the needs of its diverse online student population.
As we serve a diverse student body, two important outcomes happen. First, we provide opportunities for a transformational learning experience that leads to new possibilities for life and career. Second, when students have the opportunity to live with and learn from others with different backgrounds and perspectives, it makes each one stronger and more able to work collaboratively and coalesce diverse viewpoints.
With our mission to “prepare students…in the context of the Christian gospel” in the forefront of our collective minds, we work hard to carry out our diversity plan for the sake of our learners who invest in us.