Two announcements from Transylvania University this week show the school putting more emphasis on diversity. The university is broadening its religious studies program and welcoming its first director of campus diversity. Following a ten-year theological project funded by a Lily Endowment grant, Transylvania president Owen Williams says it's time for the university to embrace new model of campus ministry - one that both reaffirms its ties to Disciples of Christ while shifting toward more interfaith dialogue. Williams says the move is a reaction both to changing demographics and changing attitudes.
"We have students here who are from various faiths and religious backgrounds and we want them to feel very much a part of our community," Williams says.
To that end, Transylvania has also hired its first director of campus diversity. Eduardo Nino-Moreno will develop and shepherd new initiatives to help increase the number of students from underrepresented groups and extend Transylvania's reach into the community.