Anderson University will be the 2007 host site for the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference (NCMSLC) Nov. 8-11. The NCMSLC conference, under the theme "Only Agape Can Lead to Shalom," is an annual student development conference that aims to provide participants with knowledge and skills that enhance their understanding of multicultural ideals, challenges, and realities, and the role of Christian students and Christian institutions in the journey toward cultural competency.
"Those who serve in a multi-cultural context from a Christian faith perspective need the support and insights that are gained by gathering in this powerful annual meeting,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “We annually send students and staff to this meeting and we are privileged to host this year's convocation. We expect to gain much from the fellowship of so many who share a vision for the work of love and peace on the university campus and out into life.”
“'Only Agape Can Lead to Shalom' says it all, says D. Wesley Poythress, director of Multicultural Student Services at AU. “This philosophical theme and statement was chosen, because our world appears to be comprised of less love and peace. In my opinion, our society as a whole must learn to accept, include and embrace diverse cultural differences without abandoning one’s own cultural uniqueness. NCMSLC seeks to do this from a Christian higher education perspective, so the Kingdom can be fully gloried.”
Students from all over the world will assemble at Anderson University and spend three days examining what it means to live, study, and worship in a multicultural academic community. They also learn how to use their knowledge, skills, and experiences as upcoming Christian leaders to be agents of change on their campuses, in their communities and throughout the world.
Speakers during the 2007 NCMSLC conference include Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress, medical director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Community Health Network of Indianapolis; Dr. James Edwards, president of Anderson University; Dr. James Lewis, associate dean and professor of Theology and Ethics at the Anderson University School of Theology; and Charles Myricks, minister of Finance and Development at Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. Tony Dungy, Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts will provide a special greeting to the NCMSLC conference.
NCMSLC provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn of programs that work, and to hear from the voices of those that often go unheard on college campuses. Many college staff, faculty, and administrators have expressed that NCMSLC gives them the motivation and practical tools for forging multicultural efforts on their campuses.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.