Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 6, 2008

Award for Advancing Racial Harmony Presented to Whitworth University and Crichton College

Whitworth University and Crichton College were recently selected to receive the 2008 Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony. The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities presented the award to Whitworth President Bill Robinson and Crichton President Larry Lloyd during the Feb. 2 Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C. The award celebrates the achievements of CCCU campuses in making progress in the areas of diversity, racial harmony and reconciliation.

As a Christian institution, Whitworth takes seriously Christ's example of loving across racial, ethic, gender, socio-economic and religious differences. Whitworth is committed to creating an environment that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds, acknowledges that we all have things to learn from each other, and graduates students who communicate effectively across cultures.

An example of Whitworth's campus-wide commitment to diversity and racial harmony is the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative. This unique partnership between Whitworth and the Northwest Leadership Foundation encourages urban leadership development, college access and retention. Act Six has brought five cadres of emerging student leaders to Whitworth from urban Tacoma and Seattle. All 11 members of the first cadre, and one from the second, graduated last May; and 37 of the 39 scholars originally selected for cadres 2-5 remain enrolled at Whitworth – far exceeding national averages for retention and graduation rates.

"First, we applaud the CCCU for honoring racial and ethnic diversity efforts in Christian higher education," says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. "Second, I can scarcely think of an award that would be more gratifying to Whitworth. This recognition acknowledges the vision, hard work and courage of many people who have contributed to the success of Act Six – not the least of whom are the Act Six scholars themselves, who serve as agents of enlightenment and reconciliation every day on our campus. Finally, we long for the day when Christ's justice rules every Christian college campus. At Whitworth, we know we fall far short of this hope, but we celebrate all acts of loving across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and religious differences."

Based on the success of Act Six at Whitworth, the program has been expanded to Crichton College, George Fox University and Pacific Lutheran University, and is in planning stages at several other institutions.

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher-education association of 182 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The council's mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of more than 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

 

Contacts:

Nate Mouttet, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, (202) 546-8713 ext. 329 or nmouttet@cccu.org.

Ryan Moede, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, (202) 546-8713 ext. 327 or rmoede@cccu.org.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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