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Commitment to Diversity

Cedarville University transforms lives through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority. The information below articulates the biblical foundations for our commitment to diversity and living out our faith consistent with our mission.

Biblical Foundations for Diversity

Creation in the Image of God (Imago Dei)

God directly created humanity in His image.

Imago Dei refers to the biblical doctrine that all people, regardless of race, gender, degree of physical ability, or socioeconomic class, are created in the image of God. A biblical understanding of diversity recognizes the value of all human beings as image-bearers with God-given worth and dignity. Imago Dei extends to people of other faiths, viewpoints, or beliefs; therefore, all people are to be treated with respect and dignity.

(Gen. 1:26–27; Gen. 2:7; Gen. 2:21–22; Gen. 9:6)

The Fall

Sin had ruinous consequences for humankind, casting a shadow over the Imago Dei.

Sin introduced conflict, disunity, injustice, oppression, and a breakdown of human society. Scripture gives abundant evidence that each person is born with an inclination to sin and that sin impacts every aspect of a person and all of creation. We must resist the temptation to sin, oppose any form of injustice, and work for the benefit of the marginalized in society.

(Gen. 3; Eph. 2:1–3; Rom. 5:12–21; Jer. 17:9; Micah 6:8; Deut. 10:17–19)

Redemption and Reconciliation

Sin separates all people from God and leaves all equally in need of redemption.

God offers redemption to all who will repent of their sins and believe in Christ. The ground at the foot of the cross is level for all humanity. Furthermore, our Savior offered salvation to all equally, making no distinctions based on race, gender, ethnicity, ability, age, or socioeconomic level. Therefore, within the body of Christ there is no hierarchy of value based upon these areas of difference. This pattern of redemption, reconciliation, and equality is evident in the work of Jesus Christ and the life of the early church. Believers share not only a common humanity but also a shared bond in Christ.

(Matt. 28:18–20; Luke 24:47; Acts 10:27–28, 34–35; Acts 15; Gal. 2:6–14; Eph. 2:13–19; 1 Cor. 12:12–20)

Biblical Love

Biblical love is one of the defining marks of all true followers of Jesus Christ.

It seeks to live out and preserve the boundaries of what God has ordained as holy and good. This ethic calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves, love our enemies, greet strangers, help those in need, and treat others as we would like to be treated. This means we model and train our students to love every individual or group of people, including those who disagree with our beliefs.

(Ps. 82:3; Matt. 5:43–48; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; Eph. 4:1–6; Matt. 22:36–40; 1 Cor. 13:1–4)

Gospel Community

As a Christian institution focused on discipleship, we require affirmation of the Gospel.

A Gospel community at Cedarville is exemplified by our core values of love for God, love for others, integrity in conduct, and excellence in effort. Part of our understanding of community is that we should be active in seeking the good of those around us as defined by God’s Word.

(Gal 6:10; James 1:27; James 2:1–13; Gal. 3:26–29)


The future family of God is described as an assembly from every nation, tribe, people, and language, worshipping together, united in Jesus Christ.

The fact that heaven is repeatedly described in this manner is evidence of the importance that God places on unified worship among diverse people. Until we reach heaven, we should pursue the biblical values of love, gentleness, peace, kindness, self-sacrifice, and self-control.

(Rev. 5:9–10; Col. 3:11–12; Gal. 5:22–23)

Kingdom Diversity Advisory Council

The following faculty and staff members serve the president by offering advice on various diversity-related issues, encouraging a biblical understanding of diversity across campus, and growing Cedarville to look more like heaven than it does right now.

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Carolyn Barnett

Associate Professor of Nursing


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Derrick Green

Chair of the Department of Communication, Assistant Professor of Communication


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Kevin Jones

Dean of the School of Education, Assistant Professor of Education


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Christine Kim

Assistant Professor of International Studies


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Patrick Oliver

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Director of Criminal Justice Program


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Mark Owens

Assistant Professor of New Testament Theology


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Luke Tse

Chair of the Department of Psychology, Professor of Psychology


Student Opportunities

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Get Involved

Through intentional events and partnerships, Cedarville is helping students get involved in diversity-related activities. Black History Month celebrations, National Hispanic Leadership Council, Civil Rights Bus Tour, and National Afro-African American Museum are a few examples.

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Global Outreach

Recognizing God’s call to reach all people with the Gospel, Cedarville is intentional about sending students out to share Christ with the world.

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International Students

International Student Services (ISS) provides a well-rounded program of services for international and third culture students to help them succeed at Cedarville University.

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Dr. Deforia Lane Kingdom Diversity Scholarship

The Dr. Deforia Lane Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually to select undergraduate students seeking to enhance the Cedarville Community through their personal experience and appreciation for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Civil Rights Bus Tour

The Civil Rights Bus Tour allows students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to walk where history was made and heroes were revealed. The journey begins in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthplace and ends at the place he was assassinated.

Kingdom Diversity Resources

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Enrollment Statistics

We have made steady progress in recent years in increasing our students from diverse backgrounds.

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Biblical Foundations for Kingdom Diversity

Our approach to Kingdom diversity is based on the Word of God. Diversity is important to Cedarville because it's important to God.

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Created in His Image

Take a minute to listen to Dr. Thomas White's statement on racism and the imago Dei during our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day chapel.

One Lord, One Salvation, One People — 10/13/2020

Dr. Josh Kira shares four resources that God gives us to deal with racism in a way that the world cannot. Dr. Kira serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Cedarville University.

Gospel Perspectives on Race, Unity, and Biblical Justice — 10/5/2020

Today's panel discussion on racism is led by Sarah Gump, Digital and Social Media Manager, Dr. Kevin Jones, Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Mark Owens, Assistant Professor of New Testament Theology, and Dr. Josh Kira, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Cedarville University.

Prayer for Racial Unity — 8/18/2020

Today's chapel is devoted to prayer for racial unity.