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Point Loma Nazarene University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, California 92106
(619) 849-2273
School Information
"As a Christian liberal arts university, PLNU is committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth. Our mission isn’t simply to prepare you for a career after you graduate — though that’s part of it — but to shape you into a thoughtful, service-minded, and engaged member of your community and world. In short, we are committed to helping you become who you are fully called to be. We believe this happens when students critically explore various fields of thought across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities — such as our Foundational Explorations general education curriculum — with a concern for serving others and an openness to God’s grace at work in our communities, nations, and lives" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. The total undergraduate enrollment is over 3,000 and the university offers over 50 majors.
General Information
In 2020, PLNU formed the the Anti-Racism Collective. The university also established 4 working groups in December 2020. The school seeks to incorporate diversity core teachings in the curriculum and intends on compiling a list of such courses to be made as a reference to students. The university will tighten up its policies regarding what is deemed as anti-racist speech for the purpose of student disciplinary measures, and this may include student social media accounts. The university will require all faculty and staff to participate in diversity training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Effective immediately, PLNU will "develop and require anti-racism training for all staff and faculty."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Classroom Working Groups was implemented in December 2020 and works towards the "identification of undergraduate courses that intentionally address racism and/or intentionally foster an anti-racist environment in the classroom, for students who want to pursue an intentional course of study that allow them to learn about and wrestle with racism and anti-racism."
Disciplinary Measures
  • In December 2020, the university formed the Student Life Working Group which seeks to "define and clearly communicate a university policy that holds students responsible for racist words and actions, and creates a transparent process that builds trust that racist behavior will not, under any circumstance, be tolerated." The span of this measure is under the Zero-Tolerance Policy and also extends to "identifying how racist behavior on student’s social media accounts will be handled." The university also enhanced its reporting mechanisms.
  • Ryan Library points to the book "How to Be an Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi as a resource for diversity. This comes alongside 50 other recommendations and many articles as part of the Diversity Research Guide.
  • The university is "developing a university-wide glossary of terms that will be used to inform the PLNU community and share a common understanding around key terminology and goals to achieve an anti-racist community" as part of the Common Language and Common Goals Working Group.
Symbolic Actions
  • PLNU formed the Collective on Anti-Racism in 2020 in order to "call the PLNU community to reflection, accountability, and change."
  • The university created its Statement of Inclusivity and Commitment to Anti-Racism. This statement reads that PLNU will "consciously and actively practice anti-racism throughout all aspects of community life."
  • Point Loma Nazarene University tweeted a statement in June 2020 stating, "The tragic disregard for black lives in the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor touch each of us."
  • The PLNU Collective on Anti-racism has a statement that says, "Becoming a community of diversity & belonging requires...a commitment to anti-racism. Because racism is embedded in national and global history, policies, healthcare, education, cultures, as well as in our collective Christian story, we recognize that racism cannot be addressed by ignoring or denying its presence."
Last updated January 30th, 2024
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