A Message from President Barry H. Corey
My prayer is that Biola University will increasingly become a university that attracts and develops Christians who model a biblical understanding of racial reconciliation, grasp God’s heart for unity and celebrate the rich diversity of his creation and throughout his Word.
This commitment is at the heart of our University Plan, which includes as one of seven aspirations the goal of nurturing a cross-cultural Christian community. It is a commitment that runs deep in Biola’s heritage, dating to the laying of its first cornerstone more than a century ago in downtown Los Angeles, when founder Lyman Stewart said of Biola that “all people, without reference to race, color, class, creed, or previous condition, will ever be welcome to its privileges.”
As we pursue this vision, my prayer is that this community would step forward in new ways to engage the many diverse voices and perspectives within and beyond our campus borders. Through the work of our Mosaic Cultural Center and in each of our eight academic schools, our goal is to prepare students who are intellectually and experientially cross-cultural Christians, able to live out the saving grace of the gospel in diverse settings and provide servant leadership where the world most desperately needs it. We must continue our commitment and accountability to attract and nurture the many dimensions of diversity in our faculty, staff and student populations. In so doing we will become more and more a university that reflects the kingdom mosaic of God’s people “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).
Barry H. Corey,