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Taylor University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
236 W. Reade Avenue
Upland, Indiana 46989
(765) 998-5134
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School Information
"Since its establishment as Fort Wayne Female College by the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1846, Taylor University has proudly stood for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and hosted countless people who have impacted the world with those same values. One of the most influential people at Taylor was a young black man with no money in his pockets, just a heart to serve the Lord. God still uses the story and soul of Sammy Morris to bring many to Taylor seeking the same blessing, purpose, and call" (Source: The university has a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 with a total enrollment of over 2,000 students. Taylor offers 70 majors and minors.
General Information
In light of the recent events surrounding individuals such as Derek Chauvin and George Floyd, Taylor University has organized conversations with university leadership in order to discuss anti-racism and contribute to anti-racist efforts. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Office of Intercultural Programs is committed to supporting "the recruitment, retention, and graduation of American minority students, international students, MKs, and TCKs" and preparing students by promoting "meaning dialogue regarding issues of diversity."
  • Taylor's "Kingdom Diversity" scholarship is "focused on our multi-cultural community and will strengthen the Taylor educational experience as we bring together students from different cultures and perspectives, leading to greater understanding and unity in the Kingdom of God." Through the scholarship, Taylor aspires to "increase the percentage of multi-cultural students to 25 percent of the undergraduate student body on campus."
  • The "Taylor Thrives" university Strategic Plan states that it believes in increasing student diversity "because our theological convictions compel us to emulate the diverse multitude from every language, ethnicity, and nation who will praise the Lord in heaven for eternity." The Plan also states that Taylor would "[c]reate a diversity-focused admissions officer position to enhance Taylor’s recruiting efforts among underrepresented groups as well as with international students." The goal of the plan is to "increase the percentage of diverse and global students to 25% of the undergraduate student body on campus."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Taylor University Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations staff will be giving "multicultural training" to campus departments. As the office describes, "This training is designed to encourage individuals and teams to consider how their perspectives and mindsets impact their view of others from a multicultural standpoint."
  • Taylor's "Global Engagement" program includes a workshop titled "Racial Reconciliation," where students host "a workshop where community leaders—who wrestle with tribalism and ethnocentrism—[focus] on conflict resolution, forgiveness, meditation, leadership development, and trauma counseling."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Taylors Education Department states that "[a]ll education majors are required to take Perspectives on Diversity, a course that discusses the influence of culture on learning, particularly the impact of poverty." Additionally, the "J-term course Diversity in the Classroom is required for all Elementary Education majors," which is a "practicum-based course [that] involves teaching in a K-12 classroom in a 'diverse' setting, as well as discussing how poverty and other elements of diversity can impact teaching and learning."
Program and Research Funding
  • Taylor University has created the Act 6 Scholarship Program which "gives minority students from inner-city Chicago and Indianapolis the opportunity to earn a Christian liberal arts degree at Taylor."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Interim President, Dr. Paige Comstock, attended a virtual summit that also including school officials from 8 educational institutions in the state of Indiana as well as city leaders. The virtual summit had a goal of "listening, discussion, and better understanding relative to the advancement of racial justice and transformation." The presidents released a joint statement that stated, "We lament the brutal deaths of innocent African-American men and women that have created such pain, anger and frustration for our communities. We grieve over the violence and division that threaten to tear apart the social fabric of our communities and our nation. As persons of faith, and leaders of Christ-centered universities, we wish to come together to do all we can do to promote the well-being of the people and communities we serve.”
  • The Office of Intercultural Programs will "work to engage through hard times - during periods of national racial tensions, tragedies, and recognizing events of historical significance." The office is "proactive in taking real steps to eradicate racism, both institutional and personal, and educating in the case of ignorance."
  • The Office of Intercultural Programs at Taylor "promote[s] racial reconciliation, global engagement, and highlight[s] the beauty of God’s creation in every person."
Last updated January 26th, 2024
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