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Andrews University Sparks Change

Picture the scene: A biology professor hacking away at weeds while a nursing student mows the lawn nearby. Both are covered in dirt, talking, cleaning, and laughing. In close proximity, there is a staff member from the University Press holding a trash bag open while a student from the seminary loads it with litter. For the moment, these professors, staff members, and students overlook deadlines and papers that need to be graded in order to serve the community around their university.

Andrews University Students Take a Stand against Hate

The tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 shocked Nitasha Duran, a final year Social Work major at Andrews University. The overt racism and need for more of God’s love burdened her mind. Even though she lived in Berrien Springs, Michigan, as a young adult, she felt compelled to do something to confront the issue of racism and hate. “It was really heavy on my heart,” Duran recounted. “I wondered, how do I get people to talk about this?” She did not want dialogue alone; she wanted life-changing action.

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