Northwestern’s diversity efforts to be highlighted at national conference

Northwestern College’s commitment to diversity will be highlighted in a presentation at a Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) conference Feb. 12–14 in San Diego.

Julie Vermeer Elliott, Northwestern’s vice president for student life, and Rahn Franklin, director of multicultural student development, will speak on “Diversity and the Power of Story.” The conference is for leaders in academic affairs, student development and campus ministry.

Elliott and Franklin will encourage participants to ground their institution’s diversity initiatives in its history and mission. They will share how Northwestern has leveraged narrative links—tied to the college’s history and mission as well as to Scripture—to give life to its diversity efforts.

The Northwestern representatives will talk about the way narrative played a role in the development of the college’s Vision for Diversity in 2016, in recent strategic goals related to diversity, and in training of faculty and staff.

Northwestern College is a member of the CCCU, a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. The association’s headquarters are in Washington, D.C.