Goals to Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution

Bluffton University commits to being an anti-racist community where all members can freely share their diverse gifts. In keeping with the University’s mission “to prepare students of all backgrounds for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and, ultimately, for the purposes of God's universal kingdom,” we seek to embrace fully this commitment by joining in the following goals:

  1. Train all faculty, staff and students in conscious and unconscious bias, systemic racism, privilege and the value of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  2. Advance the institutional learning goals by including diverse contributions in all curricular areas in both undergraduate and graduate education.
  3. Promote relevant co-curricular learning opportunities for all through campus ministries, student life and vocational learning experiences
  4. Maintain a commitment to the staffing and financial support of the multicultural student office.
  5. Increase efforts to diversify the student body, both in and out of athletics
  6. Diversify our faculty, staff and administrators
  7. Strengthen and increase relationships with village constituents and leadership through effective partnerships
  8. Establish mutually beneficial connections between the university and Black alumni and other alumni of color.

Dr. Jane Wood, president
Dr. Lamar Nisly, vice president and dean of academic affairs
Dr. Alex Sider, interim vice president of academic affairs, professor of religion
Phill Talavania, vice president for student life and director of athletics
Leslie Beasley-White, coordinator of the center for career & vocation, assistant director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

March 2024