Update on International Programs

For the past three years, Columbia Theological Seminary has been addressing our institution’s essential values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We have listened to numerous international students, increased support and services to them, and made structural improvements that will benefit Columbia for the long term. Some background:

Columbia needed to develop and expand structures that better meet the needs of our international students and to better reflect our core values. The structural advancements already underway at Columbia will improve academic outcomes for all international students. For example, we have assigned six staff persons to assume responsibilities that provide a greater range of personal support for all international students. We have drastically increased financial resources for international students in the form of:

All our efforts, extending from the survey three years ago to the changes we continue to make, embody our commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This work helps us live out our mission “to educate and nurture faithful, imaginative and effective leaders for the sake of the church and the world.” We continue to enhance intercultural competence among faculty, staff, and the administration.

 

*Previously, we reported “A survey we conducted in 2016…”

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