Anderson, Indiana

AU receives first Ignite Award celebrating diversity on campus

Mon, 2011-06-06 08:00 -- univcomm
June 6, 2011

Anderson University was presented the first Ignite Award from Salter McNeil & Associates in recognition of the growth created in promoting biblical reconciliation and intercultural competency on campus.

mosaicSalter McNeil & Associates defines intercultural integrity as "a demonstrated history of consistent, trustworthy interactions with people from cultures different from one’s own motivated by moral, ethical, and spiritual conviction and principles."

[Pictured, back row from left: Dr. Marie Morris, vice president for academic affairs and dean; Sena Landey, vice president for finance and treasurer; and Dr. Brent Baker, vice president for student life and dean of students. Front row: Cindy Sprunger, director of international student services; Michelle Williams, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student services; and Marcie Taylor, athletic director.]

The award was created to celebrate and recognize a campus that made significant progress in promoting racial reconciliation and ethnic diversity on campus. Among the areas AU was acknowledged for was the successful inclusion of Martin Luther King as a celebrated holiday for AU.

AU's MOSAIC Committee was also acknowledged as having a key role on campus towards intercultural competency. MOSAIC is composed of members of the student body, faculty, and staff who meet bi-monthly to discuss current diversity issues on campus and to take action on accomplishing the many objectives found in their purpose statement.

"Receiving the Ignite Award was a wonderful surprise," said Michelle Williams, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student services. "It is affirmation that we are on the right track in our efforts to become a more interculturally competent campus. We are truly humbled and honored by this award." [Text on award pictured on right: Salter McNeil & Associates presents the Ignite Award to Anderson University in recognition of your Intercultural Integrity.]

Salter McNeil & Associates partners with Christian leaders to transform organizations into reconciling communities. Their mission is to produce interculturally competent leaders and communities on college campuses, in churches, and in organizations around the world.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.