On February 21-22, Vanguard University’s Student Life sent 200 students to the 18th annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR) Conference at Biola University.
For the past few years, Vanguard’s Student Life has purposed to expose potential student leaders to the ongoing conversation of racial reconciliation. “It’s something we feel strongly about in our leadership culture,” Student Life administrative assistant Jordan Baker said.
Hosted by Biola’s Student Life, SCORR conference is a national conference where “students, staff, and faculty from various Christian colleges and universities join together to celebrate and learn of the diversity within the body of Christ,” their website states. This year’s conference theme was “Shalom”, which is the Hebrew word for peace. The keynote speaker was Judy Peterson.
Currently, Vanguard’s Student Life is in the hiring process for next year’s campus leaders. Every student that applied for a position was provided a ticket to attend SCORR. The purpose of sending these potential student leaders to the conference was to provide exposure, awareness and engagement in the issues of racial reconciliation, Baker said.
For the two-day conference, Student Life separated the 200 students into four waves that attended either the morning or afternoon sessions each day. Diversity programming leaders attended the entire conference. Students were given papers with a few reflection-oriented questions to turn in at the end of their session. Also, in between sessions, students gathered in smaller groups with Student Life administrators to discuss what they learned and experienced during their time at the conference.
Based on the papers, Baker said there was a lot of good student feedback. Also, she said the conference accomplished exposing students and making them aware of the reality of the racial dialogue that is going on and how they, as Christians, can have a positive role in it.
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