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Diversity and Inclusion at
Cornerstone University

At Cornerstone University, we are committed to creating a hospitable, diverse community. For us, seeking to reflect the values of Christ’s kingdom by welcoming and serving everyone regardless of the distinctions of color, gender, race or ethnicity is not an option but an imperative. The dynamic of diversity provides us with the opportunity to both enrich one another with cross-cultural experiences and to transcend traditional barriers by developing an experiential oneness as a testimony to Christ’s presence in our midst.

Diversity Commitee

At Cornerstone, we strive to demonstrate authentic compassion in every relationship and treat others as reflections of the image of God. The Diversity Committee serves the university by recommending and implementing initiatives to support CU’s commitment to foster a community of learning that is hospitable, supportive and compassionate.

Campus Organizations

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Ritmos

Ritmos promotes cultural knowledge, understanding and fellowship among our Hispanic population.

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Multicultural Organization

The CU Multicultural Organization engages cultural awareness through seminars, student activities and mentoring opportunities.

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Urban Cohort

The Urban Cohort program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary has faithfully cultivated ministry leaders who are called to serve in urban contexts, whether it be in Grand Rapids or across the country. This community-based cohort program is designed for diverse individuals who desire to delve deeper into the heart of Scripture.

Working with students of different backgrounds have enhanced the importance of adopting diversity in every aspect of my life.

Sheila Chandler (’19)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the university doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus?

Realizing we are not perfect by any means, we continue seeking God’s direction in leading us in these efforts. Recent hires have included a director of diversity and inclusion, and we continue moving forward with the anticipation of a chief diversity officer in the near future. We strive to provide an enriching and culturally diverse student experience in the staff and faculty that are hired, chapel speakers, events on campus and in the classroom.

What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean at Cornerstone?

At Cornerstone, we are committed to creating a hospitably diverse community. For us, seeking to reflect the values of Christ’s kingdom by welcoming and serving everyone regardless of the distinctions of color, gender, race or ethnicity is not an option but an imperative. The dynamic of diversity provides us with the opportunity to both enrich one another with cross-cultural experiences and to transcend traditional barriers by developing an experiential oneness as a testimony to Christ’s presence in our midst.

What if I have experienced discrimination or harassment?

There is no room for discrimination or harassment on our campus. If you experience this or witness this on our campus, please contact our Student Development Office.

Does CU have diversity-related programs, activities and clubs for students?

Yes, we offer many opportunities for students to engage in clubs and organizations on our campus! For a full listing of our clubs and organizations, please contact the Office of Spiritual Formation & Christian Community at spiritual.formation@cornerstone.edu.

How diverse is the student body at CU?

Diversity History of Traditional Undergraduate Student Body

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
American Indian or Alaskan Native 9 12 10 5 3 4 1 1 0
Asian 17 24 19 20 30 30 31 26 27
Black/African American 54 64 67 72 53 55 49 59 46
Hispanic/Latino 28 31 45 42 52 45 48 60 73
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2 2 2 4 2 3 1 2 0
Multiple 9 7 12 11 9 14 24 29 29
Non Resident Alien (International) 35 47 48 60 63 65 62 65 97
White, Non-Hispanic Student 1230 1174 1113 1025 977 943 916 900 958
Total Enrollment 1384 1361 1316 1239 1189 1159 1132 1142 1230
Percent of Total Enrollment 11% 14% 15% 17% 18% 19% 19% 21% 22%

Diversity History of Professional & Graduate Studies Student Body

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
American Indian or Alaskan Native 2 3 7 5 2 4 4 6 7
Asian 9 5 3 3 5 5 1 2 0
Black/African American 179 189 190 162 151 141 124 101 99
Hispanic/Latino 70 58 41 39 38 49 41 41 35
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Multiple 5 2 1 1 1 4 5 9 9
Non Resident Alien (International) 1 2 2 0 2 5 3 5 9
White, Non-Hispanic Student 553 530 465 406 365 340 302 220 192
Total Enrollment 819 789 710 616 564 548 481 385 351
Percent of Total Enrollment 32% 33% 35% 34% 35% 38% 37% 43% 45%

Diversity History of Professional & Graduate Studies Graduate Student Body

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
American Indian or Alaskan Native 3 2 2 3 1 0 0 0 0
Asian 4 5 3 3 8 4 3 2 2
Black/African American 44 50 47 48 50 48 38 33 30
Hispanic/Latino 17 16 9 13 10 11 14 4 11
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple 0 1 0 0 1 3 5 6 5
Non Resident Alien (International) 3 6 2 1 6 14 8 10 9
White, Non-Hispanic Student 216 217 175 198 219 189 169 143 117
Total Enrollment 287 297 238 266 295 269 237 198 174
Percent of Total Enrollment 25% 27% 26% 26% 26% 30% 29% 28% 33%

Diversity History of Seminary Student Body

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
American Indian or Alaskan Native 1 1 1 1 2
Asian 2 1 4 3 3 4 1 2
Black/African American 78 74 55 66 53 51 52 50 59
Hispanic/Latino 8 10 8 10 12 8 4 8 10
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1 2 1 1
Multiple 1 1 2 1 3 3 7 7
Non Resident Alien (International) 1 5 3 3 2 3 8 10 9
White, Non-Hispanic Student 241 255 259 258 252 266 253 226 203
Total Enrollment 332 348 332 341 324 336 322 302 292
Percent of Total Enrollment 27% 27% 22% 24% 22% 21% 21% 25% 30%

Consumer Information

For more enrollment statistics on students, staff and faculty, please refer to the enrollment statistics on the Consumer Information webpage.

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