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Student Diversity

Gordon's Commitment to Racial Harmony Wins Award

Gordon is committed to racial and ethnic diversity. We have made great strides towards a global vision by incorporating people of differing backgrounds not just in the student body, but also within the faculty, administration and board of trustees.

As a college, we seek to embody the essential elements of diversity in:

  • Perspectives
  • Experiences
  • Cultures
  • God-given talents

We offer many innovative programs that promote diversity on campus as well as involve students directly in inner-city settings. The success of these programs has gained the Racial Harmony Award, awarded by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). President R. Judson Carlberg comments on the honor that, "We're proud of the award Gordon received for efforts to promote cultural understanding, but this is one marker on a journey. It is our prayer that these programs are only the beginning of much greater achievements ahead."

The Clarendon Scholars program offers 75% scholarships to 10 students each year from Boston and surrounding urban settings to attend Gordon, and provides support systems. Their success is encouraged through:

  • Mentoring relationships
  • Training
  • Peer support

A key contribution of the program is that the Clarendon Scholars challenge members of Gordon to develop open minds as they live in community and prepare for positions of leadership and service.

Through the GEO, you are given the chance to study in many countries and settings around the world, in places like:

Opportunities range from highly academic settings for independent study and writing such as that of the Oxford Honors program, to the Gordon in Orvieto program, an arts-oriented course of study in Italian Renaissance cultural history, the Italian language, and the study of studio, history and theory of the visual arts in Orvieto, Italy.

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