SCORR Conference 2018

Rivers of Justice, Streams of Righteousness

    • Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • 7–8:30 p.m.
    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Various locations

Biola Students/Faculty/Staff Registration Information

Registration is free; however, you must register to attend the conference. In-person (same-day) registration is offered.

IMPORTANT: The Biola community registration form is a Google form; you must be logged in with your "" email address. If you are logged in with a "" address, this form will not function correctly.

Registration Check-In and Day-of Registration

Please check-in or register at the Mosaic Cultural Center before attending any sessions. You will receive a nametag and conference schedule at check-in.

Off-Campus Attendees Registration Information

Groups: Please be prepared to enter the following information for attendees when registering: Name, phone number, gender, date and time of arrival and dates needed for student housing.

Registration Deadline: Feb 9, 2018

Registration Fee:

2-Day: Student: $75; Non-Student: $175
1-Day: Student: $40; Non-Student: $100
Special Offer: Register Four Non-Students, Receive Fifth Free

Registration includes:

  • On-campus housing for students
  • Meals (Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Keynote Sessions, Workshops, Drama Presentation and Poetry Lounge
  • SCORR Action Network
  • Conference booklet

Housing Accommodations for Students

Students will stay in the dorm room of a designated Biola student host. Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow. While some of our hosts have couches, please anticipate sleeping on the floor.


If you are a part of a student group, please allow an hour to check in and then to drop off your bags at your host's dorm. Keep in mind that several large groups may arrive around the same time — your patience is appreciated.

Registration check-in is located in the Mosaic Cultural Center (in Rose Hall #41 across from Talbot East #45).

A Note on Weather: SCORR is hosted in sunny (currently drought-ridden) Southern California, so there is (unfortunately) little chance of rain; expect dry weather with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s!



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GREETINGS and welcome to the 22nd annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR). This year’s theme comes from the words of the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

The themes of justice and righteousness can be found throughout the major and minor prophets. The prophet Amos urges the people of God to embrace the path of caring for the marginalized in their midst: for the poor and the needy. Amos declares, “Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of Israel will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph” (Amos 5:15). Justice and righteousness is tied to God’s mandate and favor to his people.

God’s desire is for more than religious rituals, but for his people to engage the wrongs in society to bring about healing and restoration. Just as rivers and streams are life giving to parched and dry lands, so doing justice and righteousness brings life to the people of God, where covenant community is vibrant and thriving.

In the past months, racial, ethnic and nationalist tensions have increased in our nation. The words of the prophet Amos are as timely as ever. As we embark on the 22nd annual SCORR conference, let us focus our hearts and minds on honoring God by caring for the afflicted soul and to be agents of reconciliation; as a result, may we see “rivers of justice and streams of righteousness” flow through us into our broken world.

– Glen Kinoshita, Director, Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation


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Curtiss Paul DeYoung is the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches. He was previously the executive director of the historic racial justice organization, Community Renewal Society in Chicago, and the inaugural Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul. DeYoung earned degrees from the University of St. Thomas, Howard University School of Divinity and Anderson University. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He is an author and editor of 10 books on reconciliation, multiracial congregations, interfaith social justice activism, racism and cultural diversity. He consults and speaks nationally and internationally with extensive relationships among activists and peacemakers in South Africa and the Holy Land.

Peace Amadi

Peace Amadi is a mental health expert, speaker and vision strategist who is emerging as a leading voice of power, purpose and potential. Peace Amadi holds a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Azusa Pacific University and B.A. in psychology from UCLA. She is currently a professor of psychology at Hope International University, the curator of The Pink Couch (an online community that promotes mental health, beauty and style), a former Miss Nigeria in America, the co-founder and director of The Ruby Project (a non-profit for abused women) and an emerging media personality. Due to her active work with students, she was selected as the 2013 faculty recipient of the Servant Leadership Award.

Patricia Andujo

Patricia Andujo is an Associate Professor in the English department at Azusa Pacific University (APU) where she teaches a variety of courses such as Freshmen Writing Seminar, Introduction to Literature, Early American Literature and African-American Literature. She also served as the director of the Ethnic Studies minor program at APU for four years. Her research and teaching interests are in African-American literature, nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and religious studies and literature. Her current scholarship consists of a detailed study of Toni Morrison’s novels and a textbook on the African American experience. She regularly presents her research at the Conference on Christianity and Literature and the National Association of African American Studies.

Walter Augustine

Walter Augustine is the Director of Intercultural Education and Research at Biola University. A native of Chicago, Walter holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where his dissertation focused on Christology and Economic Ethics. He is also an ordained Baptist minister who served as the Pastor of Discipleship at Merrill Avenue Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago for ten years, and as Assistant Pastor at New Vision Ministries — a church plant in Fort Worth, Texas — for four years. Walter’s passion is discipling and developing the people of God to maturity in their relationship with Christ and their ministry for Christ. He and his wife Charlotte, who is currently working on her dissertation, have been married for twenty-one years.

Edgar Barron

Edgar Barron joined the staff at Azusa Pacific University in May of 2010 as the Executive Director of Multi Ethnic Programs where he provides leadership in the areas of racial reconciliation and minority student development. He became Chair, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology in June of 2015. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of La Verne, an M.A. in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.

Chad Brennan

Chad Brennan is a Christian multi-ethnic trainer, strategist and resource innovator. After serving in urban campus ministry for nine years, Chad and his wife, Laurie, launched ReNew Partnerships in 2005 to help Christians build healthy, multi-ethnic churches, colleges and ministries that can more effectively serve our increasingly diverse society. Since that time, ReNew Partnerships’ impact has grown rapidly. Chad and their team currently provide biblical multi-ethnic training and coaching for thousands of leaders in dozens of organizations across the country each year. Chad is the author and producer of a number of innovative multi-ethnic training resources including scenario-based e-learning which has been used by over 2300 individuals across the country.

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu is the vice president and chief diversity officer at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Battle-Walters Denu has a master's degree in social work from Temple University and a doctorate in sociology, with an emphasis in race and family, from the University of Florida. She is a former Fulbright Scholar recipient to South Africa and has published articles, book chapters and books on African American issues, women and family matters and international concerns. Her book, Sheila's Shop: Working-Class African American Women Talk about Life, Love, Race, and Hair (2004), was listed in a Los Angeles newspaper as one of the top ten books highlighting the African American experience. She and her mother also co-edited a book entitled Mothers are Leaders (2014). In addition, Dr. Battle-Walters Denu is an ordained minister who does ministry work around the globe.

Andy Draycott

Andy Draycott came to Biola after teaching Christian Ethics and Theology of Mission in Aberdeen, Scotland. His doctoral study specialized in political theology oriented by mission. This reflects his upbringing in a missionary family in Brazil, as well as eight years of college campus ministry in the UK and Portugal. He is passionate about understanding church life and especially preaching as engaged publicly for the glory of God and the mission of his Kingdom. Teaching undergraduates across the whole range of disciplines at Biola is a providentially appointed setting for theology that loves the diversity of callings, gifts and mutual ministry in the church.

Erika Bertling

Erika G. Bertling, a proud “100% hapa” and TCK, was born in New York to her American parents: a Caucasian dad and a Chinese mom. She was raised in Okinawa, Japan and returned to the USA — and massive culture shock! — when she moved to California for university. Over the years since, she stayed based in Los Angeles during a globe-spanning career working in television. She added another piece to her cultural mosaic when she married into a European family, since her husband is German. Now enjoying her role as mommy to her "quapa" son, Erika has remained passionate and involved with professional diversity and intercultural education at a variety of schools, and loves living in a city where it feels like every corner of the world is represented.

Jason Cha

Jason Cha is currently serving as the Director of Intercultural Programs at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from NC State University in Raleigh, NC, where he studied business and minored in Spanish. Jason later returned to school and obtained a master’s in student affairs at University of Vermont where he also worked as an assistant residence director. Since then Jason has worked primarily in Residence Life at UC San Diego, University of Maryland and University of the Pacific.

Bryce Coefield

Bryce Coefield received his undergraduate degree in Africana studies with an emphasis in sociology and history from Pitzer College. He went on to pursue his master’s in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University. Bryce now serves as the Assistant Director of Intercultural Life at George Fox University where he works to provide advising, educational programs and services that enhance the undergraduate experience for all students and foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive and educationally stimulating campus environment.

Kathryn Ecklund

Kathryn Ecklund is a clinical psychologist, a professor and chair of the psychology department at Azusa Pacific University. She has worked in the area of multicultural psychology in clinical, research and academic areas for more than 20 years. Her clinical work and scholarship in this area has centered around multicultural competence, cultural identity development, intersectionality of identity, and the influence of social systems’ embedded values on identity formation.

Adam Edgerly

Adam Edgerly serves as Lead Pastor of Newsong Los Angeles Covenant Church, a culturally diverse faith community where people are being reconciled to God and each other. Before entering the pastorate, he served the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination as Regional Director of Church Planting and Community Transformation, and as Associate Director of Evangelism and Prayer. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and his MBA from Emory University. He loves to learn about world religions and different cultures, having visited more than twenty countries thus far. Adam enjoys studying in coffee houses and going to the beach with his beloved wife and daughter.

Stephanie Fenwick

Stephanie Fenwick is the executive director of curricular and instructional effectiveness at Azusa Pacific University in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA). Stephanie is an adult educator and scholar who is passionate about transformative and inclusive learning environments. Supporting faculty members, programs, and schools to foster a culture of teaching-learning excellence energizes her work and calling.

Jody Wiley Fernando

Jody Wiley Fernando does a lot of living between worlds. A Midwestern girl from the cornfields, she is married to a man from a little isle in the Indian Ocean. Together, they raise their bicultural and biracial children and have family on four continents. She explores the ins-and-outs of intercultural living on her blog Between Worlds ( and recently published the book Pondering Privilege: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Whiteness, Race, and Faith. She is currently the Director of English Language Learners at Mt. San Antonio College and holds degrees in Spanish education, multicultural/multilingual education, and educational technology.

Rukshan Fernando

Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., is the associate dean of the School of Behavior and Applied Sciences at Azusa Pacific University. Growing up in Sri Lanka in the midst of an ethnic civil war fueled Rukshan's commitment to reconciliation and peace among people from diverse backgrounds. His research interests include higher education, non-profit management and social entrepreneurship.

Bethany McKinney Fox

Bethany McKinney Fox directs Fuller Theological Seminary's Access Services Office supporting students with disabilities and working on broader campus culture around disability issues. She is also adjunct professor of Christian Ethics. Dr. Fox earned her Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Fuller, M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s in philosophy from UCLA. She has a book coming out next year: Healing in the Way of Jesus, with IVP Academic, about how the Gospel healing narratives can constructively guide church communities to be true places of healing in the way of Jesus for people with disabilities.

Leah Fulton

Leah Fulton is a Common Ground Consortium fellow at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with an emphasis in higher education. Leah completed her master’s in intercultural studies at Wheaton College and served as the Associate Dean of Intercultural Student Programs & Services at Bethel University. In that role, she pioneered a number of diversity initiatives, including the successful implementation of The Cultural Connection Center, a campus cultural center, and the Act Six Leadership program. Subsequently, Leah worked as the Interim Director of Bethel’s R.E.A.L. Experience (Relevant Experiential Applied Learning) a hands-on, experiential learning program that prepares students for life after college.

Michaela Gregory

Michaela Gregory grew up in a predominantly African American community in Toledo where she began to follow the teachings of the Nation of Islam and to believe “White people are the Devil!” After re-committing her life to Christ as a teenager, the Lord transformed her heart and she became a powerful advocate for ethnic unity and partnership in the church. She has served as a dynamic speaker and training facilitator with ReNew Partnerships since 2005. She lives in Columbus with her dog Solomon where she enjoys writing fiction (she recently finished her first book), rock climbing, range shooting and playing the guitar. She also participates in a wide variety of ministry activities including street ministry with prostitutes, youth and young adult mentoring, evangelism and spoken word poetry.

Joe Harper

Joe Harper is a resident director at Biola University who oversees Hart Hall and a staff of RAs. He graduated with an M.A. from Talbot School of Theology in 2017. As an RD, Joe leads his staff in diversity trainings and is certified in ally training. He is passionate about equity and inclusion and always looking for ways to incorporate those conversations into his hall. He is passionate about helping students develop and explore their identities in an educational environment. Joe is married and has the world’s greatest dog, Toaster.

Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is a second year in the College Counseling and Student Development program at Azusa Pacific University and will be graduating in May 2018. She is the graduate assistant in the Center for Global Learning and Engagement at APU. She served as the Black Student Association Co-President her senior year of college. Her passions include reading about her rich culture, writing poetry that stings and sparks conversations and gathering groups of people who are willing to learn from each other’s stories.

Joy Hoffman serves as the Director of Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers at California State University, Fullerton. She oversees Cultural Resource Centers and is responsible for diversity initiatives on campus, including trainings, workshops, contributing to conversations around campus climate, policies and processes and bias response. She has worked in multicultural affairs for over 15 years of her 22-year career. Joy earned an Ed.D. from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership.

John L. Hoffman is an associate professor of educational leadership at California State University, Fullerton where he also serves as the director of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program and the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. Before transitioning to faculty, John spent 10 years working in administrative roles in academic and student affairs, seven of which were as a dean of students. John earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Hong

Rebecca Hong teaches graduate research methods and research in culture classes in Biola’s School of Education. While in the doctoral program at USC, she unearthed her love for research and decided to continue down that path. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Hong pursued a post-doctorate fellowship that examined the issues of educational access for marginalized students in Cambodia. Dr. Hong continues to conduct research in the area of educational access for historically underrepresented students and uses research to give a voice to those who are traditionally marginalized in society. Her favorite moments in teaching are when she sees her graduate students excited about conducting research as a medium of bringing about social justice in education.

LaDawn Prieto Johnson

LaDawn Prieto Johnson studied at USC where she focused on Latino street gangs and religious symbolism, education and mental health. She worked as a psychiatric social worker with LAUSD in the lowest performing schools in Los Angeles. It was in this capacity that she continued to study issues of race, class, gender and violence against the multicultural backdrop of the city, interacting with several local and governmental agencies to address growing issues of human trafficking, poverty, gang violence and prostitution. Her publications and efforts have brought her invitations from international agencies, most recently the “International Forum on Gender-based Violence and the Status of Women” in Kigali, Rwanda. Mrs. Prieto Johnson lives with her husband and two sons in southern California.

Christina Lee Kim

Christina Lee Kim is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, and licensed clinical psychologist. She teaches undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and cross-cultural/ethnic issues in psychology. She also provides clinical supervision at the graduate level for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Dr. Kim’s research interests include multiculturalism and gender issues, racial and ethnic identity formation and Asian American psychology.

Melissa Lima

Melissa Lima is in her fourth year serving as a Resident Director at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire with Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa did her undergrad studies at LeTourneau University in Texas and her master’s at Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. She has visited several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and many more. She enjoys salsa dancing, Zumba and anything that allows her to be up and moving around!

Jordan Lounsbury

Jordan Lounsbury is a Resident Director at Biola University who oversees a dormitory, resident advisors and the programmatic elements of residence life. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2015 with an M.A. in Christian Formation Ministries. He loves working with students and is passionate about equity, inclusion and racial reconciliation. Jordan has been involved in various diversity-oriented trainings for professionals, equity and inclusion work committees and several racial reconciliation workshops. In his spare time, you can most likely find him at Taco Bell, listening to music or hanging out with his wife and newborn child.

David Shane Lowry

David Shane Lowry was educated in anthropology at MIT (B.S. ‘07) and UNC (Ph.D. ‘12). He is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and is married to another Lumbee tribal member, Nichol. David has an abiding interest in the processes and institutions within which empathy is generated. His graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored David's graduate research and his more recent interdisciplinary research after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. David is writing two books. One book describes superstar Michael Jordan within a 23-year evolution in racial integration in the United States. The other book discusses the role of the Lumbee Tribe as a hub for healing in America.

Richard Martinez

Richard Martinez is the executive director of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (CDEIE). The CDEIE designs and facilitates professional development opportunities for faculty and staff in the area of inclusive environments. Dr. Martinez has facilitated groups as they address issues arising from diversity and organizational culture. His experiences in education include classroom teaching; school, district and county office of education administration; professional development design and facilitation; and university teaching in educational leadership. He has facilitated nationally on the art of leadership, culturally proficient environments and transformative approaches to systems change. He is co-author of a best-selling Corwin Press publication, Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools (2007).

Pete Menjares

Pete Menjares has extensive experience in Christian higher education, having served as the 11th president of Fresno Pacific University. He also spent 18 years working as a professor and administrator at Biola University, including as associate provost for diversity leadership and vice provost for faculty development and academic effectiveness. Additionally, he has experience as a pastor and a public school teacher. Menjares is currently the Senior Director of the Institute for Faculty Development at Vanguard University. Menjares earned his bachelor’s degree in religion at CCCU member Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA), his master’s in education at California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA), and his doctorate in education at the University of Southern California.

Joel Perez

Joel Perez graduated with a B.A. from Biola University and went on to receive a master’s in education at Azusa Pacific University and a doctorate at Claremont Graduate University in 2010. Joel served as Dean of Inclusion and Student Leadership Programs/Chief Diversity Officer at George Fox University, and the Dean of Students at Seattle Pacific University. He is currently the Vice President of Student Life at Whittier College. He is a first-generation college graduate and has been married for eighteen years. He has four children: Samuel, Noah, Seth and Eliza.

Elizabeth Powell

Elizabeth Powell currently serves as the Chair of Undergraduate Psychology and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University. Dr. Powel completed her undergraduate studies at Vanguard and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Powell spent a few years teaching as adjunct faculty at Vanguard and supervising doctoral students at Azusa Pacific University. She also worked with Cloud and Fire Ministries in LA providing counseling services to at-risk youth. Currently, she keeps a small caseload of clients at Journeys Counseling Ministry in Costa Mesa. Dr. Powell’s passion is helping people discover their purpose in life and exploring ways to use psychological training in ministry. Outside of Vanguard, Dr. Powell enjoys traveling every chance she gets and exploring new cultures. She resides in Costa Mesa where she loves being close to work.

Rosalba Rios

Rosalba Rios graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Biola University, a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Rosalba has 15 years of experience working in the area of higher education and disability advocacy. She currently works in mental health as a therapist serving underprivileged children and families in Inglewood, California.

Robert Chao Romero

Robert Chao Romero considers himself fortunate to be able to study himself for a living. With a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei in central China, Romero’s dual cultural heritage serves as the basis for his academic studies. His research examines Asian immigration to Latin America, as well as the large population of “Asian-Latinos” in the United States. Before he joined the UCLA César E. Chávez Department Chicana/o Studies in 2005, Romero was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Department of History and School of Law. Romero received his J.D. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA. Check out his website at

Alexia Salvatierra

Alexia Salvatierra currently serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table (a very broad coalition of evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform). Alexia is the co-author of "Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World" (InterVarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.

Norris Spanger, III

Norris Spanger, III is a third year Masters of Divinity student at Azusa Pacific University who will be graduating in May 2018. He is currently working in the Campus Pastors office at APU. He served as the Black Student Association Co-President his senior year of college. His dreams are to move back to Northern California to teach and serve in the community. His hobbies include playing basketball, roller skating and watching the Raiders win.

Julia Stanton

Julia Stanton received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. She has seven years of experience in higher education and currently works as the Associate Director for the Office of Orientation Programs at the University of Southern California. Julia previously worked for the Department of Residence Life at Biola University and served on Biola’s Taskforce for Multi-Ethnic Student Success and Inclusion as well as the First Generation Scholar Program Taskforce.

Nancy Wang Yuen

Nancy Wang Yuen is a scholar of race and ethnicity in film, television and new media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (creative writing) and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. An associate professor of sociology at Biola University, Dr. Yuen enjoys helping her students view media through a critical lens. She teaches classes on research methods, race/gender in popular culture, Asian American studies and visual sociology. Nancy Yuen's book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (2016, Rutgers University Press), examines the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina/o actors face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes.


7–8:30 p.m. Worship Mosaic Calvary Chapel


8–9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Andrews Banquet Room
9:30–10:20 a.m. Devotional Session Calvary Chapel
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Workshops Session #1 Multiple locations
12–1:15 p.m. Professional Staff/Faculty Luncheon
Speaker: Curtiss Paul DeYoung
Andrews Banquet Room
12–1:15 p.m. Student Luncheon
Metzger Lawn
1:30–3 p.m. Workshops Session #2 Multiple locations
3–4 p.m. Refreshment Break and SCORR Action
Sutherland Walkway
4–5:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Curtiss Paul DeYoung Sutherland Auditorium
5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner Cafeteria
7–8:30 p.m. Poetry Lounge Sutherland Auditorium
8:30–10 p.m. After Party Andrews Banquet Room


8–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Andrews Banquet Room
9–10:20 a.m. Story Slam: Narratives of Redemption and Identity Formation
Sutherland Auditorium
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Workshops Session #3 Multiple locations
12–1:20 p.m. Lunch Cafeteria
1:30–3 p.m. Workshops Session #4
Multiple locations
3–4 p.m. Refreshment Break and SCORR Action
Sutherland Walkway
4–5:30 p.m. Keynote Session: Curtiss Paul DeYoung Sutherland Auditorium
5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner Cafeteria
7–9 p.m. Campus Debrief Sessions Multiple locations

SCORR 2018 Workshop Descriptions

Workshop sessions are organized based on attendees’ level of familiarity and experience.

Emerging — those new to the conversation.

Expanding — those who understand basic concepts and desire to continue exploring.

Engaging — those committed to explore complexity and build skills for action and advocacy.

Friday, February 16, 2018

10:30-12:00 pm

Every Tribe, Tongue and People: What Does the Bible Say About Race/Ethnicity?

Chad Brennan, Michaela Gregory • Business Building 105 • Emerging-Expanding

Many people are shocked to learn that the Bible addresses race/ethnicity in over 500 passages! Don't worry, we won't be covering all of those. We will look at a few, key passages from Genesis to Revelation that can help us lay a foundation for understanding and addressing race/ethnic relations. The best way to understand how we can/should live together is by listening to our Creator. This session will benefit students and staff seeking to build a foundational understanding of biblical diversity.

Best Practices for Hiring Diverse Personnel

Kim Denu, Richard Martinez • Business Building 102 • Expanding-Engaging

Locating, recruiting and retaining qualified diverse staff and faculty promotes and sustains a high functioning workforce. Multi-faceted diversity enriches organizations. This session will focus on best practices to consider for attracting personnel from diverse backgrounds. Diversity statements, implicit bias training, job descriptions, interview questions, professional organizations and more will be discussed. The presenters will discuss how the richness of cultures, talents and innovative perspectives can transform and inspire an organizational culture.

The Art of Adaptability: Making the Gospel Relevant in a World of Complexity

Adam Edgerly • Calvary Chapel • Emerging-Expanding

The Kingdom of God is a multi-ethnic and multi-national community with citizens from all walks of life. In the midst of such diversity there is much complexity that we can either engage in or distance ourselves from. The Lord calls us to reach diverse communities with his message of love as well as to live, work and play as a covenant community. In this session, we will engage the complexities of how culture impacts how we read scripture and begin building an understanding of how we can engage the diversity of the Body of Christ in all its fullness and be more effective in our service to one another.

Developing Intercultural Competence for Effective Student Leadership

Ed Barron • Business Building 103 • Emerging

This interactive workshop will provide student leaders with insight and tips into the skills needed to develop their own leadership capacity as well as work effectively with leaders that differ from themselves. Student leaders will be able to explore concepts such as self-discovery and revitalization and how to value other's values in an intercultural context.

Jesus and the “Least of These”: Immigration and the Matthew 25 Movement

Robert Chao Romero • Business Building 201 • Emerging-Expanding

If Jesus were to walk this earth today, how would our Lord address the current issues and controversies relating to immigration? To care for the immigrants in our midst is to care for the “least of these” Jesus mentions in Matthew 25. Current controversies on immigration and DACA are also challenges to the church to engage society with biblical values as our priority. This session will address how justice is a central message of the Bible, how to think biblically on contemporary issues, and how to engage our world around us with a message of hope and reconciliation.

Cultural Humility: A Path Inward, Outward and Forward

Christina Lee Kim • Business Building 207 • Emerging-Expanding

Cultural humility, a construct born out of the health sciences, is defined as “the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person” (Hook, Davis, Owen, Worthington, & Utsey, 2013). This workshop will present the construct of cultural humility alongside a biblical understanding of humility. It will also set out to discuss humility in the context of doing justice and loving mercy. What are the necessary elements of cultural humility? What are the barriers? Could the construct of humility, and specifically cultural humility, provide us a way forward in navigating the challenges of addressing multiculturalism on Christian campuses?

50 Years After MLK: Dream or Nightmare?

Walter Augustine • Business Building 202 • Emerging-Expanding

Fifty-five years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared that he had a dream. Fifty years ago, Dr. King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Today, fifty years after his death, where does his dream stand? This workshop will explore the biblical vision of justice undergirding Dr. King’s dream, examine the state of the dream today and discuss how Dr. King’s teachings might be applied to issues being faced today.

#MeToo: Racism and Sexism in Hollywood and Beyond

Nancy Yuen • Business Building 220 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

In recent months, a plethora of cases involving sexual abuse and exploitation have surfaced in Hollywood, news media and the music industry. #MeToo has exploded on social media, as women speak out against sexual exploitation in Hollywood and beyond. In this interactive workshop, we will break down how sexism and racism play out in Hollywood and how it relates to our everyday lived experiences.

When Your Passport Doesn’t Match Your Heart: Developing Identity for Cross-Cultural People

Erika Bertling • Business Building 203 • Emerging-Expanding

There are many terms to describe those whose life exists within the overlapping borders of multiple cultural realities: Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK), Global Nomad, Hidden Immigrant, Borderlander, Traditional or Domestic Third Culture Kid (TCK), Cultural Marginal. But no matter the label, the questions that accompany such an identity are the same: Who is the authentic me? Where am I really from? Where do I belong? This workshop will explore the answers to these questions, as well as how to start living in the freedom of "I am both/and..." rather than in the trap of "I must be either/or...". Whether you're an MK (missionary kid) who struggles to define home or an MC (millennial Christian) who struggles to define faith, you are not alone. Come with pen, paper, and an open mind to share your stories, questions, struggles, and strengths as we explore together the richness of what you carry as a person who bridges worlds.


Latinx: Exploring Demographic Trends, First Generation Status and Immigration

Joel Perez • Business Building 203 • Emerging-Expanding

The New Face of Higher Education: What will happen if institutions chose to ignore the rising Latinx/a/o student population? If our institutions fail to see and adjust the way they support these students the likelihood of failing to meet their social and financial goals will be great. Beginning with immigration to the rise of the Latinx/a/o population in our country and the impact this group of students will have on our campuses, this workshop will explore the trends and the necessary steps institutions need to take to move toward supporting the growing number of Latinx/a/o students.

Welcoming the Stranger: Pastoral and Prophetic Approaches to Immigrants and Immigration

Alexia Salvatierra • Talbot East 008 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

What does the Bible have to say about immigration? Is there an immigration crisis? Is the immigration system broken and in what way? How can and should Christians respond to the immigration families in our midst? There are many timely questions to be addressed. This session will begin a discussion on the crucial issues of our day surrounding immigration and how we as Christians should respond. Come prepared to listen to stories, examine current data and engage in lively discussion.

Friends, Family and Matters of Justice: Engaging in Difficult Diversity Conversations with Loved Ones

Kathryn Ecklund • Business Building 207 • Emerging-Expanding

Family gatherings are often filled with fun and fellowship, but can also be times of awkward tension when friends or family hold to different views and operate from different paradigms. When people develop their identity as an advocate and ally for marginalized or oppressed groups, navigating lifelong relationships can become challenging. One becomes aware of the entrenched internalized biases that people they care deeply about hold and express. In this session, participants will examine the complex dynamics of promoting justice with loved ones, learn skills for navigating difficult conversations with those they care about and develop a decision-making matrix for assessing how to most effectively engage with loved ones when issues of advocacy and justice are being considered.

The African American Male Experience at Christian Colleges and Universities

Ed Barron • Business Building 201 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

Looking through the lenses of Stereotype Threat, Spiritual Formation and Theories on Racial Dynamics in the United States, this session explores the understudied phenomenon of the African American experience on historically White Christian campuses. A key aspect of this session is its focus on the impact of White normative interpretations of Christianity. Students, staff and faculty will benefit from this session.

A Call to Action: Affirming and Embracing Asian American Leadership in Christian Higher Education

Christina Lee Kim, Rukshan Fernando, Pete Menjares, Rebecca Hong, Jason Cha • Business Building 103 • Emerging-Expanding

This session gathers faculty, staff, and senior administrators across several CCCU schools to discuss the topic of Asian American leadership in Christian higher education. With Asians identified as the fastest-growing racial group in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau) and the high percentage of Asian Americans in the United States who hold bachelor’s degrees (US Census Bureau), Asian Americans often remain underrepresented among higher ranks of faculty, staff and senior administration. Topics to be addressed in this session include the experiences, challenges and survival strategies of Asian American faculty, staff and administrators in Christian higher education. The session also seeks to address the unique strengths that Asian Americans can bring to leadership roles and positions in light of their cultural heritage and identity.

Political Symptoms of a Fallen Church: Engaging the Current Political Climate as Kingdom Citizens

Adam Edgerly • Business Building 220 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

The church is to be a “house of prayer for all nations,” and a “holy nation that is to proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Christians, however, often frame their values around contemporary political parties and policies. Too often the church uses American politics as a barometer of how healthy (or unhealthy) a church, or Christian community can be. In this session, we will examine how can we think biblically regarding the political climate of our time and respond to one another as “sojourners and exiles” that live and serve for the glory of God.

In Search of Well-Being: For Professionals of Color

Leah Fulton • Business Building 102 • Expanding

The nature of contemporary higher education makes demands of professionals that can be incompatible with personal health, margin and well-being. Those demands are oftentimes compounded for professionals of color who may carry emotional weight inside and outside of an institution. How then do diverse professionals maintain their own well-being? Through scripture and storytelling, participants will develop a rationale for and identify roadblocks to self-care and well-being. Finally, participants will begin to create their own plans for how to cultivate self-care in the workplace. This session is designed for staff members seeking to promote an appreciation for diversity in the workplace.

Examining Current Realities of Race/Ethnicity in the United States: An Interactive Exercise

Chad Brennan, Michaela Gregory • Business Building 105 • Emerging-Expanding

We can't figure out the best way to move forward until we understand where we are. Everyone has an opinion, but what do the facts say? We will be walking through a fun, interactive exercise that can help us understand our current realities and how they impact our daily lives. We have enjoyed co-leading this workshop for thousands of students and staff across the United States. and we consistently receive feedback that it is one of the most helpful.

Exploring White Identity Formation: Using Personal Experience to Understand Communal Experience

Jody Fernando • Talbot East 007 • Emerging

In this workshop, participants will explore the cultural values that shape their worldview by discussing racial and cultural characteristics of their personal experiences. Participants will reflect on the cultural values present within their family system, educational background and religious context as a basis for understanding cultural diversity.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

10:30 am-12:00 pm

The Art of Adaptability: Making the Gospel Relevant in a World of Complexity

Adam Edgerly • Calvary Chapel • Emerging-Expanding

The Kingdom of God is a multi-ethnic and multi-national community with citizens from all walks of life. In the midst of such diversity there is much complexity that we can either engage in or distance ourselves from. The Lord calls us to reach diverse communities with his message of love as well as to live, work and play as a covenant community. In this session, we will engage the complexities of how culture impacts how we read scripture and begin building an understanding of how we can engage the diversity of the Body of Christ in all its fullness and be more effective in our service to one another.

With Liberty & Justice for All: Grounding Modern Day Injustices in Old Testament Wisdom

Julia Stanton • Business Building 201 • Emerging-Expanding

This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage in two interactive activities that explore concepts of equality and justice in the United States. In the first small group activity, participants will work together to discuss, conceptualize and depict diversity within the body of Christ. The second group activity will provide an opportunity to learn about historical and modern racial justice issues, such as the Tulsa race riots, Japanese internment camps, redlining and the farm labor movement. The workshop will close with a game and group discussion that highlights activists and allies who have taken action to combat injustice as well as Old Testament scripture that ties to these issues. This workshop will be limited to 40 participants.

Developing Self Esteem for Women of Color in Predominantly White Institutions

Peace Amadi • Business Building 109 • Emerging-Expanding

This workshop will look at identity from a biblical perspective, paying special attention to identity issues unique to women of color. Key focal points of this workshop will include: developing a healthy self-image, building self-esteem, cultivating self-development, maintaining culturally diverse relationships and navigating culturally diverse environments in our current world.

Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation

Jody Fernando, Rukshan Fernando • Business Building 220 • Emerging-Expanding

Colleges students across the country have made the news for campus events which disrespectfully 'appropriate' customs, languages and symbols of non-majority cultures. Some claim these events aren't a big deal, but are they? This workshop will explore examples of cultural appropriation in Christian contexts and consider ways we might communicate cultural appreciation and humility rather than theft and mockery of cultures different than our own.

The Disability Paradigm: A Discussion on the Stigma of Brokenness

Rosalba Rios, Bethany McKinney Fox • Business Building 105 • Emerging-Expanding

Brokenness is an emotionally loaded term that can evoke feelings of fear because it conveys a sense of something being faulty, not right, weak and defective. Brokenness is often avoided at all costs or it is perceived as something that needs to be fixed. Although there have been strides towards social equality for people with disabilities, the association with brokenness still exists, both from an identity perspective and in a larger and broader cultural context. In this session, we will explore disability as an identity development perspective, as well as from a theological and sociological framework.

Journey to Sankofa: A Tour of the Jim Crow South into our Present-Day Racial Issues

Patricia Andujo, Danielle Harris, Norris Spanger • Business Building 202 • Emerging

Some of the most effective social movements that brought about significant change in our country were started by college students (i.e. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Congress of Racial Equality). In keeping with this spirit of student-led initiatives, this workshop aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to create programs that have local and far-reaching influences to bring about social change. The workshop will include the viewing of a short film that highlights a successful 10-day student-led Civil Rights tour. Following the film, a roundtable discussion will take place, which will focus on the planning, execution and impact of the tour.

The Intersection of Race, Class and Gender in the American Dream

La Dawn Johnson • Business Building 207 • Emerging-Expanding

Why do different kinds of people get different things in the world? Who gets what and why? Are the rich getting richer? Can we change inequality? Should we care? This workshop examines these questions by analyzing the systems of inequality in the United States. This will be examined with particular focus on class, race and gender as they affect stratification of individuals. The seminar combines lecture, media and discussion. Expect to become an active participant rather than a passive listener. The more you put into this seminar, the more you will get out of it.

The Journey That Transforms Us: An Interactive Approach to Understanding Racial Identity Development

Joy Hoffman, John Hoffman • Business Building 103 • Emerging-Expanding

In this interactive session, the presenters will develop a human sculpture in order to teach the dynamics of Janet Helms’ People of Color and White racial identity development models. Participants will contribute to the sculpting exercise and learn more about how to interact and work with people from different life experiences. The desired outcomes in this session include participants being able to tell the story of their own racial identity development, as well as identify ways that they can promote healthier conversations around race, specific to the work they do or organizations with which they are members.

Worshipful Humility: How Diverse Worship Invites Us Toward Reconciliation and Prophetic Justice

Mike Ahn • Lower Rose 002 • Emerging

With the commercial success of groups like Hillsong and Bethel, worship music has a definitive sound. With that, diverse expressions of worship have been neglected at best. In our multicultural world, what can we do to develop diverse expressions of worship that better capture our spiritual and cultural heritage? In this beginner-level seminar, we explore the importance of multicultural worship and how we might develop this in our contexts.

Essential Concepts for Understanding Race Relations

Chad Brennan, Michaela Gregory • Talbot East 008 • Expanding-Engaging

In this seminar, we will explore three of the most common and important questions: What is the difference between personal and systemic barriers? What is the history of race/ethnicity in the United States? What are some of the biggest barriers to healthy racial/ethnic relations and how do we overcome them? Yes, we know that's a lot to cover! Come ready to engage and develop effective answers.

1:30-3:00 pm

Interracial Marriage: Lessons in Reconciliation for the Church

Jody Fernando, Rukshan Fernando • Business Building 220 • Emerging-Expanding

Living daily in an interracial marriage provides lessons that can be applied to the church at large as it seeks to foster unity over isolation. Like marriage, interracial relationships in the church can be rocky, but when members learn to share honestly, listen carefully, pay attention and be intentional, they lay a foundation for deeply committed and trusting relationships. This workshop will consider how skills learned in interracial marriages can serve as models for the church to pursue racial reconciliation among its members.

Mixed, Hapa, Other: Developing Cultural Identity for People of Blended & Multiethnic Heritage

Erika Bertling • Business Building 207 • Emerging-Expanding

“What are you?” “Yeah, but you look white/black/Asian/etc.” “Check only one.” Any person of blended heritage — whether ethnically or culturally based, or both — understands that it is a challenge to live in a world obsessed with classification and still remain true to one’s identity. But how do you embark on that intensely personal journey of cultural identity formation when your signposts are in multiple colors, languages and places? In this workshop, open to people of any background, we’ll discuss the frustrations and joys of having a blended heritage, explore how to begin or continue articulating your unique story and learn how to support one another as we figure out who and what defines us.

I Am More Than What You See: Looking at Internalized Racism and Emerging Identities

Jason Cha, Bryce Coefield • Business Building 105 • Expanding-Engaging

Within our own racial groups, adolescents of color often end up internalizing a thought that they are not black, Asian or Latino “enough”, that they are “white on the inside” or, as we have perhaps commonly heard, they are labeled as “whitewashed”. This workshop will unpack this in-group dynamic and how it plays out as students explore their racial identity. Ultimately, this type of thinking (even in-group) can be at best short sighted and at worst damaging and oppressive within our own marginalized racial identity groups. It minimizes racial identity to stereotypes and this workshop will deconstruct this thinking and reconstruct a healthier and deeper look at racial identity.

Native America: A Brief Conversation

David Lowry • Business Building 201 • Emerging-Expanding

In the midst of conversations on increasing demographic trends with ethnic diversity, the voices of Native Americans are a reminder that diversity has always been present on the American continent. Native American narratives have often been neglected due to our history of colonization. This session will seek to lay a foundation for attendees to begin authentic relationships with Native Americans. We will explore concepts that have historically hindered Americans from having relationships with Native Americans (i.e. colonization, color blindness and misreading of scripture) and how we can move toward genuine reconciliation.

Cultural Humility: A Path Inward, Outward, and Forward

Christina Lee Kim • Business Building 203 • Emerging-Expanding

Cultural humility, a construct born out of the health sciences, is defined as “the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person” (Hook, Davis, Owen, Worthington, & Utsey, 2013). This workshop will present the construct of cultural humility alongside a biblical understanding of humility. It will also set out to discuss humility in the context of doing justice and loving mercy. What are the necessary elements of cultural humility? What are the barriers? Could the construct of humility, and specifically cultural humility, provide us a way forward in navigating the challenges of addressing multiculturalism on Christian campuses?

Bridging the Gap: Living the Gospel Holistically in the Midst of Systemic Injustice

Adam Edgerly • Business Building 109 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

Many would agree that our world is plagued with racial tension and division and that the gospel is the answer for healing and reconciliation. So why do social inequalities continue to escalate? The teachings of Jesus, the apostles and the prophets have much to say in addressing the world’s ills. Perhaps our challenge is building an accurate understanding of the world’s problems. Our culture in the west often emphasizes individualism, whereas our challenge lies in building an understanding of the systemic nature of social inequalities. This session will explore how to read our world more accurately in order to apply biblical exhortations to do justice and righteousness.

#MeToo: Racism and Sexism in Hollywood and Beyond

Nancy Yuen • Business Building 103 • Emerging-Expanding

In recent months, a plethora of cases involving sexual abuse and exploitation have surfaced in Hollywood, news media and the music industry. #MeToo has exploded on social media as women speak out against sexual exploitation in Hollywood and beyond. In this interactive workshop, we will break down how sexism and racism play out in Hollywood and how it relates to our everyday lived experiences.

Cultivating White Identity & Leadership in a Diverse World

Jordan Lounsbury, Joe Harper • Business Building 202 • Expanding-Engaging

As society and the church become increasingly diverse, how do White, American leaders be proactive in addressing systemic issues and fostering their personal growth? This workshop will present students with a framework for how White individuals develop in their racial identity. We will examine the need for continual reflection and tension required from White leaders to develop their identity and awareness of their impact in society. Then we will consider practical steps for how to use power and influence appropriately to make space for marginalized voices without unnecessarily alienating themselves from other White individuals.

What is the Biblical Solution to Race/Ethnic Divisions?

Chad Brennan, Michaela Gregory • Talbot East 008 • Emerging-Expanding-Engaging

Everyone seems to have a theory about how to fix our divisions and injustices, but none of them seem to work. Can the Bible provide us with a strategy that will actually produce personal and systemic change? Yes! But it may not be what you expect. And it might change the whole way we share our lives together. This workshop isn't about "looking diverse" or "everyone just getting along." It's about a radical, Jesus-style approach to Christian community that will flip our lives and campuses upside down.

Todos Unidos: Understanding the Racial and Ethnic Identity of Latinx Students

Melissa Lima • Talbot East 007 • Emerging-Expanding

The Latinx population continues to increase in the United States and is gaining a presence in many areas including media, professional careers and higher education. This workshop will facilitate conversation on the definitions between Hispanic and Latino/a while introducing the term Latinx. Lastly, we will look at the unique experiences of Latinx students in higher education as well as their racial and ethnic identity development.

SCORR 2018 Workshop Descriptions — Sessions for Faculty

Friday, February 16, 2018

10:30-12:00 pm

Highlighting Diversity in Teaching and Learning Theology

Andy Draycott • Lower Rose 5

In this workshop, we explore how evangelical theology can be taught giving clear recognition to the diverse voices that make up the Christian church, historically and globally. Syllabus, assignments and student evaluative feedback will be presented and discussed. Christian educators in a variety of disciplines will take away tips as to how they may draw upon theological discourse in their own teaching.

Faith, Identity and Sense of Belonging: Caring for the Souls of Diverse Millennial Students

Pete Menjares, Elizabeth Powell • Lower Rose 4

The integration of faith with learning through curricular and co-curricular programs and services is a hallmark of the CCCU. But what happens when the spiritual life programs we offer have little meaning or connection to the lives of our diverse millennial students? This presentation will address how to care for the souls of diverse millennials at two southern California universities with students from denominational and non-denominational backgrounds. This presentation will give examples of new programs, classroom applications and institution-wide initiatives to nurture the souls, strengthen the identity and ensure a greater sense of belonging for all students.

Enacting Inclusive Pedagogies: Gleaning Strategies from Four Areas of Classroom Practice

Stephanie Fenwick • Lower Rose 3

This interactive session will engage faculty members in self-reflection and analysis using the 4-Quadrant framework (Adams & Love, 2005)* as a foundation for learning and discussion about important elements of inclusive classroom practice. The four areas include “what faculty bring, what students bring, teaching strategies, and course content/materials.” In-session activities and take-away handout resources will provide opportunities for ongoing cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement with creating inclusive classrooms with the potential of considering all learners.

Worship Mosaic

Thursday, February 15
7–8:30 p.m.
Calvary Chapel (#46)

In anticipation of the 22nd annual SCORR conference we will gather to set our hearts toward our Lord in a time of worship. For this evening we will engage in a various styles of Gospel Music, as well as prayer for the Lord to be glorified and for his will to be done through this year’s SCORR conference.

Refreshment Break and SCORR Action Network

February 16–17
3–4 p.m.
Sutherland Walkway (#39)

For both days of the conference we will host representative from various ministries, non-profit service agencies and graduate school options for students and staff to interact with. Representatives will be present to interact and provide information as you ponder future service or grad school options for your future. Come and relax over some refreshments as well.

Poetry Lounge

Friday, February 16
7–9 p.m.
Sutherland Auditorium (#39)

Poetry is an international language that inspires hearts and minds deeply. Poetry Lounge during SCORR is a time where students, alum and guest artists share their gifts of Spoken Word with the community in order to bless, challenge and encourage the audience at large. Following Poetry Lounge there will be an After Party where all are welcome to join.

Story Slam: Narratives of Redemption and Identity Formation

Saturday, February 17
9–10:20 a.m.
Sutherland Auditorium (#39)

Story Slam is a space designed for people from various social identities to share their perspectives and experiences of redemption found in the midst of pain and struggle. Due to the challenges in processing racial tensions in America, Story Slam seeks to create space where empathy, understanding, and perspective taking is practiced and affirmed. As the power of the gospel has reconciled us to be “one new humanity” (Ephesians 2:14), it is our hope that through the power of story, healing and redemption will find its way within us and through us.

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Finding Your Way on Campus: Campus Map

If you are visiting from off campus, please register or check-in once you arrive on campus. Registration is located in the Mosaic Cultural Center (in Rose Hall #41 across from Talbot East #45).

Recommended Hotel

Holiday Inn Select Hotel
14299 Firestone Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
1(800) HOLIDAY, or 1(714) 690-2108
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SCORR Housing Volunteering!

We are in need of hospitable Biola students who reside on campus (Bluff Apartments included) to allow visiting college students to sleep on the floor of their room during the conference. Students will bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.

Sign up to be a Housing Volunteer here!

SCORR Conference Volunteering!

SCORR has run for 21 years because Biola students donate their time and gifts and skills to make it as we prepare for Year 22, we need you! Come be a part and make a difference!

Learn more about being a Conference Volunteer here!

We're looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Housing & Registration Team
  • Hospitality & Resources Team
  • Sessions Team
  • Community Events Team
  • Marketing & Design Team