SCORR 2017

Repairers of the Breach

    • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Friday, February 17, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    • Saturday, February 18, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Various locations

Cost and Admission

Tickets are required to attend this event.

Off-Campus Attendees: Registration Information

Biola Students/Faculty/Staff: Registration Information


Off-Campus Attendees: Click here to register!

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 Fee:

2-Day: Student: $75; Non-Student: $175
1-Day: Student: $40; Non-Student: $100
Special Offer: Register 4 Non-Students, Receive 5th Free

Registration includes:

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

Housing Accomodations 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.

Check-In

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!


Biola Community Attendees: Click here to register!

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

Registration Check-In & 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.


What is SCORR?

SCORR is the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation, a national two-day conference during which students, staff, and faculty from various Christian colleges and universities join together to celebrate and learn of the diversity within the body of Christ. 2017 will mark our 21st year!

Conference attendees will engage in dialogue and instruction that seeks transformational growth, resulting in the building of God’s Kingdom on earth.


Questions?

Contact:
scorr@biola.edu


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GREETINGS and welcome to the 21st annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR). This year’s theme comes from the words of the prophet Isaiah, “You shall be repairers of the breach” (Isaiah 58:12).

The themes of justice and righteousness are emphasized throughout the book of Isaiah. In chapter 58:1-12, we see how true worship from the heart manifests itself in caring for the marginalized on the earth. “If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul - then the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought and strengthen your bones. You shall be like a watered garden like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” What is the result of our lives as we satisfy the afflicted soul? The Scriptures tell us, “You shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; You shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.” (Is. 58:12).

With the racial strife has plagued our nation in recent years, the message of Isaiah 58 is as timely as ever. As we embark on the 21st annual SCORR conference, let us focus our hearts and minds on honoring God by caring for the afflicted soul; as a result, we will be called the Repairers of the Breach in our broken world.

- Glen Kinoshita, Director, Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010); and co-editor of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson, 2012).

He received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; he is currently in the Th.D. program at Duke University.

Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington DC area, worked for a number of years with IVCF in Boston (specifically at MIT), and had mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.


SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS

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Tania Abouezzeddine is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Biola. Abouezzeddine graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree at Boston University and later her doctorate in psychology specializing in clinical science at the University of Southern California. During her doctorate studies, Abouezzeddine studied the effects of social support from friends and family on adolescents consistently bullied in their school environment. In addition to her work in the area of school trauma, Abouezzeddine received extensive training in the area of clinical neuropsychology working with populations across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics. In addition to clinical and academic work, Abouezzeddine is heavily involved in ministry both within her community and internationally. She currently leads one of the children Sunday school classes at her home church and is involved with international holistic training with World Orphans.


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Chase Andre graduated from Biola in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Philosophy. As an undergrad, Chase was active in Biola’s Multi-Ethnic Programs and Development community, where he learned that seeking first the Kingdom and seeking racial reconciliation are bound up tightly together. Currently, he is adjunct faculty for the Communication department, and pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Studies, with an emphasis on Just Peacemaking, at Fuller Theological Seminary.


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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 doctorate in psychology (Psy.D) from Azusa Pacific University and BA 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 & style), a former Miss Nigeria in America, the co-founder & 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.


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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 BS in Business Admin from the University of La Verne, an MA in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.


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Erika G. Bertling, a proud “100% hapa,” was born in New York to her American parents -- a Caucasian dad and a Chinese mom. She was raised in Okinawa, Japan, and had massive culture shock when she moved to California to be a student at Biola. Over the years since, she’s stayed based in Los Angeles while traveling to many countries during her career as an audio mixer for television. Erika has remained passionate about diversity education and dialogue, and loves living in a city where such a variety of incredible ethnic food is always available!


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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.


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Brad Christerson is Professor of Sociology at Biola University. He is co-author of Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens (2010 Stanford University Press) and Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations (2005 New York University Press). He has also written extensively in the area of globalization, immigration, and religion in America.


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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 Masters in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Bryce now serves as the Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs at Pepperdine University where he works to provide advising, and educational programs, and services that enhance the undergraduate experience for all students and foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and educationally stimulating campus environment.


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Christopher S. Collins, Ph.D., is interested in research on the role of higher education related to poverty reduction, knowledge extension, public good, and social rates of return. Recent publications include Higher Education and Global Poverty: University Partnerships and the World Bank in Developing Countries (Cambria Press, 2011) and Education Strategy in the Developing World: Revising the World Bank’s Education Policy (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012). He earned a Ph.D. with the “Best Dissertation Award” from the Higher Education and Organizational Change program at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific.


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Meleca Consultado received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies and a minor in TESOL from Biola University. She received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University. Meleca has six years of experience in higher education and is currently serving as a Resident Director at Biola University. Meleca is passionate about living out neighborly love, bringing back the art of radical hospitality, writing love letters to a broken world, and seeking to find ways to help build bridges and sow seeds of healing and reconciliation within communities and relationships that have been broken. Part of Meleca’s narrative is that she immigrated from the Philippines, lived in an extended family household of sixteen, and is a first generation college student.


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Tom Crisp is Associate Professor and Chair of the philosophy department at Biola University. He has taught at Biola since 2005, holds an M.A. from Biola, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He writes on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and social ethics. Together with his wife and two daughters, he lives in Brea and has been practicing intentional Christian community there with a group of nine other households since 2005.


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Ralonda Dittmar received her Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She has twenty-three years experience working in higher education in areas such as campus ministry, residence life, and academic advising. Currently, she works as an Assistant Director in Spiritual Development Ministries at Biola University. Ralonda is passionate about utilizing various creative mediums to integrate spiritual formation and helping people to discover their gifts, abilities, experiences, and passions and how to weave it into their personal story. Part of her narrative is that she is from a small university town in East Texas that helped to shaped her heart and desire for racial reconciliation and cross-cultural learning.


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Kathryn Ecklund is a clinical psychologist and 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.


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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 BA and MA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and his MBA from Emory University. He loves to learn about world religions and about 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.


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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 (thelinkbetweenworlds.com) 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.


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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.


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Leah S. Fortson is currently a doctoral intern at the Biola Counseling Center. Leah Received her Master’s in Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology. Leah’s work emphasizes cultural community approaches and spiritually integrative models of Psychotherapy to address human suffering form holistic perspectives. Leah’s clinical work and research includes marginalized individuals exploring barriers to treatment and working to reduce stigmatized perceptions of mental health care. Leah served as an associate pastor for 5 years and continues preaching and teaching the gospel across denominations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and abroad.


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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.


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Alexander Jun is a TED speaker and the author of From Here to University: Access, Mobility, and Resilience Among Urban Latino Youth. He has published extensively on issues of postsecondary access for historically underrepresented students in underserved areas, and recently completed a three-year narrative inquiry research project on the educational mobility and academic resilience of Khmer orphans, which he’s completing a book about. Jun teaches courses on diversity and social justice in higher education, comparative higher education, and qualitative research methods, and joined APU after 15 years as a faculty members and administrator at USC.


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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.


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Josephine Hwang Koo is currently a doctoral intern at Biola Counseling Center. As someone from a multicultural upbringing and ministerial background, Josi is passionate about approaching health and healing from a community-grounded cultural psychology lens, with a particular interest in narratives of coloniality, conscientization, health disparities, and cultural identity formation. Her research and clinical work have been focused on serving underprivileged communities, including Latino families of mixed immigration status and individuals with chronic health problems.


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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.


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Joel Perez graduated from with a BA from Biola University, received 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, the Dean of Students at Seattle Pacific University and 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 and has four children, Samuel, Noah, Seth, and Eliza.


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Glen Peterson is the field office director for World Relief Garden Grove that serves all of Southern California. Glen is passionate about empowering the global and local church to serve along side the most vulnerable in our society—the widows, the orphans and the foreign born. The Board of Immigration Appeals has accredited Glen as an immigration representative. He is a licensed pastor at Whittier Area Community Church where he is referred to as the Chaplain of Justice. Glen teaches church leaders at the Seminario Bíblica de las Américas and in the Kilns College Masters in Social Justice program.


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Rosalba Rios graduated with a B.S. in Studio Art from Biola University and has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently the Director of Disability Services at Whittier College and is working on a second Master’s in Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Rosalba has a passion for worship through the arts, as well as serving others through empowerment, counseling, and ministry.


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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 jesusforevolutionaries.org.


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Stephanie Sanford is the Director of Global Student Programs and Development at Biola University. Stephanie was raised in a diverse neighborhood in Long Beach, CA, providing a foundation for her identity. Yet, her multicultural worldview was expanded even further through years spent serving on a church planting team in Kosovo, traveling to over 30 countries, and working as a professor in international student programs in various California universities. She desires to be a cultural bridge for global and domestic students, in order that they might grow more into God’s ideal kingdom community. She believes diversity is both a gift and choice, one that promotes the holiness that God seeks to reveal in his children.


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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.


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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.


Time

Event

Location

Wednesday 2/15

(PreConference for Biola community)

(including map designation)
9:30 am-10:20 am

Chapel: Soong Chan Rah

Chase Gymnasium #18

9:10 - 10:15 pm

AfterDark Chapel: Soong Chan Rah

Sutherland Auditorium #39

Thursday 2/16

4:00 pm-10:00 pm

Registration Check-In Mosaic Cultural Center #41
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Worship Mosaic

Fireplace Pavillion (near #24)

Friday 2/17

8:30 am-10:30 am

Continental Breakfast
For off-campus guests only.

Andrews Banquet Room #45

9:30 am-10:20 am

Chapel: Discussion with Adam Edgerly

Chase Gymnasium #18

9:30 am-9:30 pm Registration Check-In Mosaic Cultural Center #41
10:30 am-12:00 pm Workshop Session #1 See workshop descriptions
12:00 pm-1:15 pm

Professional Staff Luncheon
Speaker: Soong Chan Rah
RSVP here.

Cafe Banquet Room #23

12:00 pm-1:15 pm

Student Luncheon
For non-Biola student registrants only; reservations required.
Advisors, reserve space for your students here.

Andrews Banquet Room #45
1:30 pm-3:00 pm Workshop Session #2 See workshop descriptions
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Refreshment Break & SCORR Action
Network

Andrews Banquet Room #45
3:00 pm-11:30 pm

Prayer Room Open

Talbot East 111 #45

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Keynote Session: Soong Chan Rah Sutherland Auditorium #39
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Dinner Cafeteria #23
7:00 pm-8:30 pm Poetry Lounge Sutherland Auditorium #39
8:30 pm-10:00 pm After Party Andrews Banquet Room #45

Saturday 2/18

8:00 am-9:00 am

Continental Breakfast
For off-campus registrants only.
Andrews Banquet Room #45

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Prayer Room Open Talbot East 111 #45

8:00 am-1:30 pm

Registration Check-In Mosaic Cultural Center #41
9:00 am-10:20 am

Story Slam: Narratives of Redemption and Identity Formation

Sutherland Auditorium #39
10:30 am-12:00 pm Workshop Session #3* See workshop descriptions
12:00 pm-1:15 pm Lunch Cafeteria #23
1:30 pm-3:00 pm Workshop Session #4* See workshop descriptions
3:00 pm-4:00 pm Refreshment Break & SCORR Action
Network
Andrews Banquet Room #45
4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Keynote Session: Soong Chan Rah

Sutherland Auditorium #39
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria #23

Schedule is subject to change.

* indicates chapel credit offered for Biola students.

Friday, February 17, 2017

10:30am-12:00pm

Intercultural Competence for Effective Student Leadership
Ed Barron • Business Building 105
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.

Diversity Leadership and the Kingdom of God: A Biblical and Holistic Approach
Pete Menjares • Calvary Chapel
This interactive workshop is designed to engage Christian faculty and staff throughout the organization in an exploration of a biblical and holistic approach to diversity leadership that is rooted in an understanding of the kingdom of God and a vision of shalom. Questions to be discussed include, (1) How do faculty and staff provide diversity leadership and why does it matter? (2) What are the priorities of the kingdom and what exactly is a vision of shalom? And, (3) what would a diversity agenda look like if the priorities of the kingdom are to be taken seriously?

Jesus for Revolutionaries
Robert Chao Romero • Myers 109
The world today is in great need. There are grave injustices and racial tensions occurring across our country. Much of the time the church is silent on crucial issues that plague our society and many non-Christians have no interest in the church due to this silence or neglect. If Jesus were to walk this earth today, what would we see? How would our Lord interact to the issues and unrest around us? Based on his book, "Jesus for Revolutionaries," Robert Chao Romero will unpack how justice is a central message of the Bible, how do we think biblically on contemporary issues, and how do we engage our world around us with a message of hope and reconciliation. Come prepared to engage in lively discussion.

I Can See Clearly Now: Leveraging Intercultural Competence with Your Biblical Worldview
Adam Edgerly • Business Building 206
As Christians we hold the scriptures in high regard as our authority for life, faith and practice, but do we consider how our culture is often a filter that affects our reading and understanding of scripture? We often may assume our biblical worldview is without bias but we all must seek spiritual growth that challenges us to expand our understanding to embrace the whole counsel of God. This session will explore how to confront hindrances to seeing the breadth and depth of God’s complete revelation as well as how to build a more holistic biblical worldview.

LatinX: Exploring Demographic Trends, First Generation Status and Immigration
Joel Perez • Myers 102
The New Face of Higher Education: What will happen if institutions chose to ignore the rising LatinX/a/o student population? 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. 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. 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.

Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age
Christopher S. Collins, Alexander Jun • Business Building 103
In this session the presenters discuss their forthcoming book published by Peter Lang, “White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age” which is about the changing nature of White identity and the defense of whiteness in higher education and American society. The presenters begin with a discussion of what they call the White architecture of the mind, and continue by unpacking how dominant Whiteness and defenses against claims of racism are encapsulated by a strategy called White Out (an attempt to deny privilege and suppress the stories and experiences of people of color). The session will appeal to faculty, staff and students engaged in building a critical lens.

Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Multicultural Development
Kathryn Ecklund • Business Building 203
In this presentation, participants explore how implicit biases, microaggressions and multicultural identity formation are intricately intertwined. Participants will learn how moral motivation, cultural humility, and transformative multicultural dialogue help facilitate reductions in biases and microaggressions, facilitate multicultural identity formation, and the creation of an environment of reconciliation and restoration among diverse Christian persons and groups.

Learning to Listen: Engaging Others in Cultural Humility
Stephanie Sanford • Business Building 220
Learning about? Learning from? Learning with? The change of the preposition changes the whole posture. We will examine how to approach one another from a posture of partnership and reconciliation. This hands on workshop on intercultural communication and cultural humility seeks to provide Spirit driven tools that will help you “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus and Politics: Loving Neighbors and Enemies in an Age of Division
Tom Crisp, Brad Christerson • Business Building 207
In the recent presidential election, certain racial and religious groups were deliberately targeted with hateful rhetoric, which has resulted in an increase in hate crimes and acts of violence targeting those groups. There are also concerns that new policies will be implemented harming those communities. This panel will explore the question what following Jesus’ command to love our neighbors looks like in this political climate. How do we, on the one hand, support and defend targeted communities and, on the other, love those who oppose us?
This session is repeated Saturday 1:30pm.


1:30-3:00pm

Bridging the Gap: Living the Gospel Holistically in the Midst of Systemic Injustice
Adam Edgerly • Calvary Chapel
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 does 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 do we read our world more accurately in order to apply biblical exhortations to do justice and righteousness.

Developing Multicultural Competence in a World of Complexity
Kathryn Ecklund • Business Building 105
As Christians committed to building successful diverse communities the "messy middle" is a reality of daily life. Maintaining hope for building a diverse "kingdom community" while simultaneously wading through the mire of racial and cultural brokenness is a necessary mindset that must be supported by an essential skill set. In this session, participants will consider spiritual, cognitive and behavioral practices that underlie sustained pursuit of multicultural competence in one's relational and organizational endeavors.

*Dialogue & Relationships in the Face of Race-Related Stress
Josi Hwang, Leah Fortson • Business Building 220
Pervasive and prolonged exposure to racism has significant effects on our physical, emotional, and mental health. In light of national events from recent years and heightened experiences that are amplified across multiple platforms like social media, racism-related stress has been further aggravated. This workshop will explore ways to manage racism-related stress, and to have effective intercultural and interracial dialogue in our relationships.
This session is repeated Saturday 1:30pm.

Arabs, Muslims and Misconceptions
Tania Abouezzedine • Business Building 207
This session will address stereotypes and, through narratives, build human connections with people from the Middle East.

Fear, Facts & Faith: A Prophetic and Pastoral Word on Immigrants and Immigration
Glen Peterson • Business Building 103
Can there be a helpful discussion about immigration in a post-truth world? Can the ancient biblical text inform the Christian community in the 21st century in a way that is relevant and helpful? How can and should Christians respond to immigrant families in the global environment and where we live? This session will uncover the underlying truths and concerns and begin a discussion on issues surrounding foreigners and immigration. How can Christians and the church lead with Kingdom values? Come prepared to listen to stories, examine current data and engage in lively discussion.

Exploring Whiteness, “Allyship,” and Our Place in the Beloved Community
Chase Andre • Business Building 206
With the rise of #blacklivesmatter, and the backlash against the movement, many white staff and students at Christian Universities feel stuck. Where do I belong? How do I support the students around me? And, do I have a role in creating a diverse campus culture? This workshop is aimed at white faculty, staff, and campus leaders who are wrestling with these questions.

The African American Male Experience at Christian Colleges and Universities
Ed Barron • Myers 102
Looking through the lenses of Stereotype Threat, Spiritual Formation and Critical Race theories, 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.

Cultural Humility: A Path Inward, Outward, and Forward
Christina Lee Kim • Business Building 203
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?
This session is repeated Saturday 1:30pm.


Saturday, February 18, 2016

10:30am-12:00pm

Inclusive Student Leadership: How Do I Lead Those Who Are Different Than Me?
Adam Edgerly • Business Building 109
God has intentionally designed his body to encompass a wide variety of people all walks of life. Whether it is in the local church or in the workplace, we all bring our differences in cultures, backgrounds and personalities. The fact that we think, act, communicate, and perceive one another based on our culture lens will inevitably cause misunderstanding and even conflict. Much of the time we may encounter, or even be the cause of a cross-cultural conflict and not even realize it. This session will address basic concepts of conflict and ways in which we can address different ways of addressing conflict so we may ultimately move to a more healthy work environment.

Exploring Your Narrative Through Creative Storytelling
Ralonda Dittmar, Meleca Consultado • Business Building 207
In this interactive session, participants will be invited to explore their origin story through the use of creative mediums. Participants will have the opportunity to write, share, and listen to one another’s stories. This is an introductory session for those seeking to gain greater understanding about themselves and the similarities and differences of those around them.

Developing Self Esteem for Women of Color in Predominately White Institutions
Peace Amadi • Business Building 206
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.

The Disability Paradigm: A Discussion on the Stigma of Brokenness
Rosalba Rios • Business Building 102
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 times avoided at all costs or it is perceived as needing to be fixed. Although there have been strides towards social equality for people disabilities, the association with brokenness still exists, both from an identity perspective to 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.

Glass Ceiling or Cage? A Closer Look at Race and Gender in Higher Education
La Dawn Johnson • Business Building 203
This session will take a closer look at the established rewards systems based in US academic institutions (O'Meara) and how race and gender intersect. Why do we see such low representation of certain groups within higher education? What can we do about it? Is there hope for change? Come prepared to engage in thought and discussion.

Lessons from Hollywood: The Double Bind between "American" and "Ethnic"
Nancy Yuen • Business Building 105
Despite being the two fastest growing racial groups in the United States, Latina/os and Asian Americans remain Hollywood outsiders. Hollywood and U.S. society at large implicitly equate American with white, thereby perceiving people of color as non-American and foreign. This is a presentation of how Hollywood actors of color—particularly Asian Americans and Latina/os, experience this double bind of being seen as neither fully American nor fully ethnic. A group discussion will follow on how everyday people of color also experience this double bind.

Interracial Marriage: Lessons in Reconciliation for the Church
Jody and Rukshan Fernando • Business Building 220
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.

Exploring White Culture and Identity in America
Julia Stanton • location tba
In dialogues about race, it is valuable for White people to be aware of cultural values and patterns that influence their worldviews and experiences. This session will explore questions about commonalities in White culture in the United States and the balance involved in discussing collective and individual cultural backgrounds. Then, session participants will practice identifying aspects of their own cultural background and sharing this in a way that is reflective, self-aware, and culturally competent.


1:30-3:00pm

Making Peace: Engaging Cross Cultural Communication and Conflict
Adam Edgerly • Business Building 206
God has intentionally designed his body to encompass a wide variety of people all walks of life. Whether it is in the local church or in the workplace, we all bring our differences in cultures, backgrounds and personalities. The fact that we think, act, communicate, and perceive one another based on our culture lens will inevitably cause misunderstanding and even conflict. Much of the time we may encounter, or even be the cause of a cross-cultural conflict and not even realize it. This session will address basic concepts of conflict and ways in which we can address different ways of addressing conflict so we may ultimately move to a more healthy work environment.

Cultural Humility: A Path Inward, Outward, and Forward
Christina Lee Kim • Business Building 203
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?
(repeat of Friday session)

Mixed, Hapa, Other: Biracial, Multiracial Identity Development
Erika Bertling • Business Building 207
“Check only one.” “What are you?” “Yeah, but you look white/black/Asian/etc.” Any person of blended heritage — whether ethnically or culturally, 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 the 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 103
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, being 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 more healthy and deeper look at racial identity.

Dialogue & Relationships in the Face of Race-Related Stress
Josi Hwang, Leah Fortson • Business Building 202
Pervasive and prolonged exposure to racism has significant effects on our physical, emotional, and mental health. In light of national events from recent years and heightened experiences that are amplified across multiple platforms like social media, racism-related stress has been further aggravated. This workshop will explore ways to manage racism-related stress, and to have effective intercultural and interracial dialogue in our relationships.
(repeat of Friday session)

Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation
Jody and Rukshan Fernando • Business Building 102
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.

Jesus and Politics: Loving Neighbors and Enemies in an Age of Division
Tom Crisp, Brad Christerson • Business Building 220
In the recent presidential election, certain racial and religious groups were deliberately targeted with hateful rhetoric, which has resulted in an increase in hate crimes and acts of violence targeting those groups. There are also concerns that new policies will be implemented harming those communities. This panel will explore the question what following Jesus’ command to love our neighbors looks like in this political climate. How do we, on the one hand, support and defend targeted communities and, on the other, love those who oppose us?
(repeat of Friday session)

Actions for White Allies amidst Divided Politics 1:30-3:00pm
Julia Stanton • location tba
Identity-based social concerns have long been a component of the political landscape in the United States. In the weeks following the most recent presidential election, we have heard many populations in the United States vocalize continued concern regarding social injustices that have persisted for far too long within this nation’s sociopolitical climate. This session will focus on the difference between activism and allyship and create space for discussion about actions White allies can consider undertaking to support populations experiencing disenfranchisement and marginalization in the current climate.

Location

Biola University, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639

Biola is easily accessible from the I-5 freeway.

Nearest airports:

John Wayne Airport [SNA]
18601 Airport Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Directions from airport

Los Angeles International Airport [LAX]
1 World Way
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Directions from airport

Long Beach Airport [LGB]
4100 E Donald Douglas Drive
Long Beach, CA 90808
Directions from airport

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) 35-MOUSE
Mention Biola for a discount.

Details coming soon!

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 20 years because Biola students donate their time and gifts and skills to make it work...so as we prepare for Year 21, 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