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Sterling College – Kansas

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
125 W. Cooper
Sterling, Kansas 67579
(620) 278-4275
Email address
School Information
"We are a Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas, with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith. Whether you're looking to join us on campus or online, we have rigorous academic programs and a variety of activities to help you become the servant leader God created you to be" (Source: Sterling was founded in 1887 and has an enrollment of 650 students. The college offers 20 academic programs and concentrations, with over 80 programs of study and a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
General Information
Sterling has implemented required diversity training for faculty beginning in 2019 through 2021. Student Life began seeking to institute diversity training for all students starting Fall 2019. Sterling also held events relating to diversity. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Sterling will "establish institution-wide regular diversity trainings and targeted professional development."
  • In Fall 2019, "Student Life launched an initiative to provide training, Diversity Awareness for Students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Sterling states that, "education students have many opportunities to interact with diverse populations, and during their Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio, they must identify multicultural students within their clinical placement, address adaptations and accommodations, and create assessments based on student need."
  • Sterling requires ED205 Cultural Diversity in Education for all Education majors.
Disciplinary Measures
  • Sterling's Diversity Office states that "[d]iscriminatory actions, or microaggressions will be addressed by a Diversity Leadership Committee composed of different staff personnel and students who will follow a protocol to ensure fairness and equity." Additionally, the Office provides a reporting form for students who have "experienced micro-aggressions and/or harassment on campus."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Sterling stated that "the Office for the Integration of Faith and Learning received a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program that will provide diversity training for all faculty from 2019-2021, beginning with faculty attending the CCCU Diversity and Inclusion Conference at George Fox University in October 2019."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • As part of the annual Peacemakers Convocation, which “seeks to thoughtfully engage the important conversations of race and cultural diversity,” Sterling College hosted the non-profit leader DeLano J Sheffield as the guest speaker.
Program and Research Funding
  • Sterling states that "the Education Department awards a Diversity Scholarship every year."
  • On September 7, 2021, Sterling announced that it will hold a conference which "aims to gather faculty, staff, and administration from multiple church-related colleges and universities in Kansas in order to discuss and deepen our commitment to diversity and its connection to our respective missions as faith-based institutions." The conference is set to be held on May 16, 2022.
  • On August 31, 2021, the college announced "Estephany Moncada ’19 as the College’s interim associate chaplain and diversity officer and Brett Couture ’18 as director of academic support and student engagement."
  • Sterling has hosted several events and programs related to racism and DEI.
  • In December 2018, Sterling held an Open Forum Discussion on Race.
  • The mission of the Diversity Office at Sterling is to "create a space that allows for employees and students of all ethnic backgrounds to feel embraced and encouraged during their time at Sterling College."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 3, 2020, the college released a statement saying, "Sterling College is grieved by the tragic and unjust death of George Floyd and mourn the loss of one of God’s treasured image bearers. The events surrounding his death reveal the severity of our nation’s continued racial divide, mankind’s sinful heart and the need for healing in our nation," on Sterling's Student Life Facebook page.
  • In the Spring of 2022, faculty and students collaborated to paint the mural, “Warriors Worldwide,” near the Sterling College Student Union to commemorate Sterling’s ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Sterling's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan states that it seeks to "serve" its minority students "intentionally in order to assist them academically, socially and spiritually."
Last updated January 16th, 2024
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