In the summer of 1995 several of us who work in Christian colleges/universities gathered for a day to network and dialogue on the state of affairs regarding diversity initiatives on our respective campuses. At this meeting, I presented my vision to start a conference that would bring students from various Christian colleges/universities together for an annual gathering to focus on topics of diversity in Christian Higher Education. They unanimously affirmed the vision and in February of 1996 we held our first conference that became known as the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation, more widely known by its acronym, SCORR. In the ensuing years, SCORR expanded its scope to where students from a wide variety of backgrounds from across the nation now attend each year.
This year’s conference marks the 20th anniversary for SCORR and we are humbled as we reflect back at the Lord’s faithfulness through the years. The vision for SCORR remains to be an annual gathering where attendees experience, a) instruction that broadens their perspectives, b) dialogue that enhances critical thinking, and c) artistic expression that inspires creativity. As the vision statement reads, “Through active participation in SCORR, attendees will develop a greater vision for enhancing diversity, promoting biblical justice and inspiring leadership that results in a life long process of building God’s Kingdom on earth.”
SCORR seeks to empower attendees to become catalysts for change through transformational learning and growth as they engage one another at this annual gathering. We are reminded of Biola’s aspirations, “to cultivate competent and courageous graduates” (aspiration 4) and “to build a cross cultural community” (aspiration 5) where we can live out the gospel in vocational settings around the world. By attending SCORR, it is our hope that Biola students and guest attendees will be better equipped to engage a diverse and complex world after graduation.
Several Biola alumni have affirmed their involvement in SCORR while they were students has had an impact on their lives and on their current profession. Dr. Jamie Campbell, Associate Professor of Humanities and current Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, states that, “As I serve Biola University as a faculty member and administrator, I see the deep value of the work, conversations, and connections provided by SCORR in making our call to be partners in reconciliation a reality in Christian colleges.” Jonathan Huang who teaches art at San Jose State University affirms that, “Through SCORR, I began to see God's creation and love of cultural diversity, and his heart for justice. Engaging in diversity has helped me create multicultural lesson plans, (ceramics is found in every culture) and most importantly, to listen to my students.” Nancy Davong, who currently works as a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center also remembers SCORR, “As a student, my involvement with SCORR increased my intercultural empathy and equipped me with leadership skills that I use everyday with my diverse coworkers and patients.” The long lasting impact of SCORR can be seen in the lives of our alumni as they reflect on the skills they acquired that have enhanced their current vocation.
Today, the need to address issues facing our world is as urgent as ever. This entails not only diversity in Christian Higher Education, but to address how does the Kingdom of God become a reality on our campuses, and as a result a reality in society around us. Creating opportunities for students, faculty and staff to dialogue together is an on-going challenge. SCORR seeks to be a part of the solution as we gather annually to address crucial issues facing the church, Christian colleges/universities and the world at large.
Director, Multi-Ethnic Programs and Development
The 2016 SCORR (The Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation) Conference will be held on BIola’s Campus on February 19th & 20th. This year’s theme comes from the prophet Micah as he utters the words, “what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Throughout the book of Micah, the Lord expresses how it is not sufficient for the people of God to offer sacrifices of praise to Him while neglecting the poor, oppressed and marginalized in their society. We, as the people of God, must display compassion, mercy, love and justice in the society that surrounds us; this is what is pleasing to our Lord.
In recent months our nation has faced many challenges regarding racial injustice, which has resulted in protests occurring in several cities as well as on many college and university campuses. If you listen carefully to the cries of the people and students across the country, their protests cry out for justice, mercy and humility. Injustice and oppression continues to plague our society reaching a boiling point that demands a response. Micah, as well as other prophets in the Bible, give a timely exhortation that to exalt our Lord also requires us to give voice to the needy and to implement justice around the world.
As we gather this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SCORR, we are also humbled at the enormous task ahead of fostering diversity in Christian Higher Education across the country. May we, the people of God, embrace the challenge to live out the words of the prophet Micah and to be a living sacrifice to our God by “doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly” with Him.
Parents are welcome to participate in SCORR.
Biola has found that parent-to-parent contact is a great addition to the recruitment and decision making process for families of prospective students. So once again, the Office of Parent Relations is partnering with Undergraduate Admissions to assist in contacting parents of prospective students, and we would like to invite you to participate!
We are seeking 100 Biola parents who are willing to contact 10 parents of prospective Biola students by phone or email to share about your experience. You will be provided with all the necessary information, including a sample script, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information about financial aid and tuition. We will do our best to match you with families in your state or region, but please be aware that you may be asked to contact families outside of your local area. Volunteers will receive their contact assignments by Friday March 4th. Click here to volunteer by February 26th, 2016.
On February 26, 2016 the Biola community is gathering to break ground on the new Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health! This building will be a significant step forward in Biola's commitment to educate competent and courageous men and women in the science and health fields. If you are in the Biola area that day, please join us for the dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. near McNally field. You can learn more about this building project online.
Registration is now open!
All Biola students and their grandparents are invited to join us for a day full of activities! Grandparents will have the chance to experience their grandchild’s home away from home as well as attend chapel, take golf cart tours, lunch with President Corey, special musical performances, seminars from Biola professors and much more! Registration and payment is required for those who want to attend the luncheon with President Corey. $10 for Grandparents | $5 for current Biola students
PLEASE NOTE: Grandparents Day is a special day for students and their grandparents. Additional guests will be accepted if grandparents require mobility assistance. Please call 562-906-4535 to make arrangements for an additional guest. Additionally, if we have your student’s grandparent’s information they have received a formal invitation in the mail.
Wednesday, February 10th - Sunday, April 3rd, 2016.
Biola’s Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts invites you to join us online for the their popular Lent Project, a daily web resource with scripture, devotionals, prayers, art, video, poetry and music as we remember the sacrifice of our great Redeemer. Click here for the Lent Project 2016.
Is your student feeling under the weather? Care Package Express has a care package for that!
We know how hard it is to care for your students when they are ill and far from home. Each item has been carefully selected to brighten their spirits, help them pass the time, and provide some of the care and comforts of home!
This care package includes the following contents: fleece throw blanket, stuffed animal, chicken noodle soup with a spoon, (4) cinnamon tea bags, mug, cough drops, vitamin C drops, (2) packets of tissues, digital thermometer, lip balm, fruit snacks, cloth for a cold compress, puzzle book, playing cards, Biola Health Center phone number & list of services, and a get well greeting card with personalized message from home. Click here for more details and to order.