During the February 23, 2017, Thursday morning chapel service at Andrews University, administration and student leaders responded to the #ItIsTimeAU video that went viral on Saturday, February 18, 2017, with a video of their own, entitled, “ItIsTimeAU: Listen. Dialogue. Change.”
The video was met with a standing ovation from the audience. The church was full to capacity, and an overflow room was set up in the Youth Chapel to accommodate additional audience members. Those off-campus could live-stream the chapel service at andrews.edu/livestream.
Andrews also posted a list of five commitments and next steps to its website which can be read in full here.
The first commitment states that “Andrews University will immediately begin a search for a full-time, senior-level administrator of diversity, a new cabinet-level position that reports directly to the president and will drive meaningful, visible and ongoing change.” Other commitments center around revised and expanded cultural diversity training, continued diversification of faculty, staff, and administration, a strengthened grievance process, and a commitment to honor, support, and celebrate “all the ways we seek and achieve community – including how we gather and worship together.”
WATCH: “ItIsTimeAU: Listen. Dialogue. Change.
Alisa Williams is Spirituality Editor at SpectrumMagazine.org
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