Diversity Statement

We believe that Biola University has been uniquely situated within a geographic region of great diversity in language, culture and ethnicity for the purpose of fulfilling its mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service. Within this cultural milieu the University is called not only to respect this diversity, but to reflect it as well, for Christ intends his Church to be a multiethnic, multicultural and multinational body of believers. We believe it is our purpose, therefore, to create an environment in which all believers, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, economic status or physical ability, can pursue knowledge and personal development as they strive to become all God intends them to be.

In order to maximize the learning of students and expose them to the diversity that exists in the culture at large, we seek to foster an understanding and appreciation of those elements in every culture that enhance human dignity and are consistent with scriptural teaching. We are dedicated to expanding opportunities for Christians of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds to attend Biola, to be employed here and to participate in the fellowship and mission to which we are called, always keeping in mind our desire to pursue excellence in all we do.

We are committed to work for the establishment of a community composed of believers from every race, culture and class who are united in their devotion to Jesus Christ, their obedience to His Word and in their willingness to serve one another. Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, gender, age, or physical or mental disability. However, as a private religious institution, the University reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices and student admissions.