- Mailing Address
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, California 91702
- (626) 812-3016
- Email address
- School Information
- "Azusa Pacific University, one of the largest Christian universities in the nation today, began on March 3, 1899, when a group of women and men passionate about creating a place for Christian education gathered to form the Training School for Christian Workers. It became the first Bible college on the West Coast geared toward preparing men and women for ministry and service. Meeting in a modest home in Whittier, California, and led by President Mary A. Hill, the school grew to an enrollment of 12 in its first term. The early years of growth saw the school relocate and change leadership several times. Then, following mergers with three Southern California colleges, the university relocated in 1946 to the city of Azusa, where it resides today." The university offers over 200 programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The total enrollment is over 10,000.
- General Information
- The university has instituted many initiatives in order to promote diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Faculty diversity training has been created to further implement these changes. Additionally, the Office of the Provost seeks to change the curricular structure especially in General Education. These changes establish diversity topics as central to school curriculum. See developments below:
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
The university released an article detailing an interview of two professors, T. Scott Bledsoe and Kimberly Setterlund, who co-authored a book titled "Using Narratives and Storytelling to Promote Cultural Diversity on College Campuses." This interview also touched upon the subject of George Floyd.
Program and Research Funding
The Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity "designs and implements an array of services and programs that promote equity-minded recruitment and retention, leadership development, identity development, and the pursuit of holistic success of APU’s diverse student population, especially historically underrepresented students." This center is a branch of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division.
Program and Research Funding
The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence which is the second branch of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division seeks to incorporate inclusive excellence with "diversity initiatives, services, and resources designed to support staff, faculty, and administrators in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of university life." This includes the Diversity in the Classroom series of programming that APU hosts.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
As an extension to the EDLS 405 Diversity in the Classroom course offering, APU offers the College Headed and Mighty Proud program which is a "service-learning experience" that is "designed to engage prospective teachers with issues such as race, culture, gender, ability, and wider social forces that affect traditional success and failure in the education setting."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
The university has created the Imago Dei Diversity Training for Faculty and Staff in order to "embrace diversity." Last year, this training was intended to have "stripped away barriers" and to have "imparted practical ways to overcome biases."
The President of the university made a statement in response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd saying that, "As your President, and on behalf of the President’s Cabinet and Board of Trustees, we simply are unable to let these incidents go by in silence. We are compelled as Christians and resolved as academic leaders to create a University, and contribute to a society, where all persons feel a sense of belonging and thrive. To our faculty, staff, and students of color, we acknowledge the pain of this injustice."
Critical Race Training Courses Offered
- GNRS 503 Cultural Competency in Health Care
- ENGL 364 American Ethnic Literature
- GMIN 509 Urban Anthropology and Christian Ministry
- ETHN 150 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- PSYC 400 Cultural Psychology
- SOC 358 Human Diversity
- CCSD 567 Diversity in Student Affairs
- EDCO 579 Sociocultural Competence
- EDLS 405 Diversity in the Classroom
- EDUC 504 Teaching and Cultural Diversity