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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries

Although campus ministry provides a variety of opportunities for all Whitworth students to take steps closer to Jesus, students have special opportunities to build relational bridges and grow spiritually through Whitworth Campus Ministry Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries:

  • TH 174: Diverse Christian Leadership: A course co-taught in the fall semester by Stephy Nobles-Beans and Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner. Students explore the intersection of Christian faith, diversity and leadership and are equipped to be Kingdom leaders in their unique way.
  • WERE (Women Ever Rising Every Day) Bible Study: A weekly gathering for female students at Whitworth to come together to build authentic relationships, share their stories of faith, and welcome all who want to participate (regardless of previous knowledge or faith background).
  • WERE Conference: Women from the campus and the community come together for a time of sharing the gospel through praise, worship and the word of God.
  • Black Girl Magic, Sprinkling our Leadership to Make a Better World: A mentoring program for women of color through which students have the opportunity to meet and share their journey and find support at Whitworth. Sophomores, junior and seniors mentor incoming freshmen, as well.
  • Unveiled: A worship event that incorporates different styles of worship music, different languages and different experiences all in worship of the living God!
  • Pastoral Mentoring and Counseling: Stephy Nobles-Beans meets regularly with students who are asking questions about faith and life or seeking to grow in their walk with Christ.
  • Gospel Explosion: A campus and community event that is now 22 years in the making. Students, faculty, staff and the community gather in our chapel to enjoy praise and worship from local churches; it is a time of fellowship for all who attend.

Meet the Staff

Stephy Nobles-Beans, M.A.
Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries

Stephy Nobles-Beans is an adjunct professor and associate chaplain for Whitworth Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries. Nobles-Beans has been in campus ministry for the last 16 years and has been employed at Whitworth for over 23 years. She is an alumna of the university and truly loves and enjoys the students.

If you are on campus, stop by Stephy’s office in the chapel to meet her or set up a time to connect (sbeans@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4568). A visit to Stephy’s office includes four things: love, hugs, chocolate and a chance to receive prayer from a loving woman of God!

Rediet MedhaneRediet Medhane ’19
Graduate Intern for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries

Stop by campus ministry and meet Rediet – you won’t be disappointed! She is excited to get to know you. Email her at rmedhane19@my.whitworth.edu.

A message from Rediet:

It is my pleasure to serve for the next two years as Whitworth's first graduate intern for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries. In this role, I get to join the work of making Whitworth look and feel a little more like the Kingdom of God, where people of every walk of life are one in and with Christ and worship together in unity. I graduated from Whitworth with degrees in mathematics and French, always in pursuit of cross-cultural or international ministry through teaching. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to pursue this type of ministry in a place I already know and love, all while incorporating my love for college student development that I've gained as a student leader in residence life.

As a first-generation college graduate and daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, I faced a number of challenges in my undergraduate career pertaining to identity, ideas of faith and the church, and questions about the increasingly difficult political conflicts in our nation and world. These questions were even more pressing as I studied abroad and attended a university as an international student. I am honored to have the opportunity to walk through these issues with underrepresented and international students and to do what I can to help them feel safe, welcome and important on our campus. I know I have much to learn from our brave and intelligent students about how we can support all students better and encourage them to trust in Jesus.

I am so excited to see the gospel challenge and change all of our hearts, and I pray we never stop learning how to affirm and care for each other better. May his Kingdom come, here as in heaven.