Multicultural Recruitment At Messiah College

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Having served in higher education the past three years, I have grown in my appreciation for the complexities of colleges and universities. Specifically, I am fascinated by how institutions value diversity within their student population and among their employees. Over the past two years colleges and universities have had to confront their racist past to understand their student population. Christian higher education has not been immune to this soul searching. Christian institutions must recognize diversity as a biblical and institutional imperative to embrace institutional inclusive excellence. Diversity needs to be embraced for institutions to survive in a pluralistic and changing society. As higher education faces a tumultuous future, there is a heightened need for diverse administrators who can navigate and effectively lead institutions towards inclusive excellence. Currently, I work as the Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment at Messiah College. I oversee the recruitment of students from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC. My positon also serves as the director of the Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship and Amigo Scholarship. These scholarships were started to help Messiah recruit and retain students of color. The Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship awards four Full-Tuition scholarships and six $20,000 scholarships. The Amigo Mentoring Scholarship awards forty $16,000 scholarships. The Martin & Amigo

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