The OCE supports students, faculty, and staff engaging in social justice causes though raising awareness and advocacy efforts. This could include hosting speakers, discussions, concerts, films, or one-time service-projects.
Some examples of recent advocacy and awareness events include:
In January 2013, the OCE hosted Gordon College’s first ever Beyond Colorblind, a focus week to engage new conversations about race and culture on campus. The OCE welcomed three featured speakers to lead us through the week: Dr. Richard Twiss, a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation; Vince Bantu, a graduate student in Semitic and Egyptian languages at The Catholic University of America; and Soong-Chan Rah, an Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. Through lectures and discussions, students considered how racial and cultural identities and experiences shape our views of ourselves, others and God. The campus conversation continues.
The OCE also sponsored a visit from nationally-recognized education reform advocate Nicole Baker Fulgham. Nicole is the President and Founder of The Expectations Project and author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should— Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids. Nicole spoke in Chapel on educational equity, hosted a campus-wide “coffee house” discussion, and dedicated special time to working with the OCE’s College Bound program.