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As an established leader in Christ-centered counseling and ministry education, and a university of first-choice for top talent, the Richmont Graduate University Diversity Statement reflects this continuing quest for excellence with these words:

Richmont is committed to the intentional creation of an environment of belonging that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, with the goal of advancing God’s healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, families, churches, and communities.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Director, Dr. Sonja Sutherland, and Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation comments, “Our statement represents the university’s ongoing and intentional pursuit of excellence.  In our commitment to embracing diversity and cultivating an environment of safety and inclusion, we seek to create a sense of “home” for all our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  I am confident and excited about the strides Richmont will continue to make in meeting the diversity and inclusion needs within the institution and the community at large.”

ODI Coordinating Leadership Team

Dr. Sutherland
Sonja Sutherland, Ph.D *

ODI Director
ssutherland@richmont.edu

Travis Young
TRAVIS YOUNG, M.A.

School of Ministry Liason
tyoung@richmont.edu

Dan Sartor
DAN SARTOR, PH.D. *

Faculty & Alumni Liaison (Atl-SOC)
dsartor@richmont.edu

Tyler Rogers
Tyler Rogers

Faculty & Alumni Liaison (Chatt-SOC)
trogers@richmont.edu

Tyson Fant
Tyson Fant, M.A.

Student & Staff Liaison (Atl-SOC)
tyoung@richmont.edu

Darwin Blandon
Darwin Blandon *

Student & Staff Liaison (Chatt-SOC)
dblandon@richmont.edu

Cassie Martin
Cassie Martin

Student & Staff Liaison (Chatt-SOC)
cmartin@richmont.edu

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On behalf of the leadership team of Richmont’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), thank you for your presence and engagement in our initial  Virtual Town Hall: Facing Injustice with Social Advocacy on June 3, 2020. Close to 130 students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended. Amongst many other things, you shared your confusion, sadness, anxiety, frustration, anger, and uncertainty as our nation wrestles with new acknowledgment of institutional and pervasive racism. More than that, however, many of you listened so you could learn more, and expressed a desire to do more to find your unique paths for involvement in advocating for real change. Our goal in ODI is to assist you in any way we can.

In an ongoing effort to first recognize the issues and then make common cause to address them, Richmont’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will host Virtual Town Hall:

  • Wednesday, July 8th

Its purpose will be to provide a forum for students, faculty, and staff to process recent events. It will also promote dialogue on how we can partner with and advocate for the disadvantaged across the various spaces our lives inhabit.

We look forward to your participation.

This is just the beginning. For true change to occur in us, our Richmont community and our nation, each of us must be involved in:

  • Ongoing diversity education,
  • Cultural conversations,
  • Immersion with others who have different life experiences, and
  • Taking action.

Toward this end, beginning fall 2020, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) will provide ongoing opportunities for courageous conversations on topics such as (but not limited to) diversity, racial injustice, cultural humility, racism, and the church and its role in social change, and other related areas of focus through the hosting of

  • Courageous Conversation reading groups and “watch and discuss” events,
  • introductory and advanced cultural competency training workshops, and
  • Courageous Activation opportunities for social justice engagement.

These are just a few areas of activity that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will focus on. Much, much more is on the horizon.

Finally, thanks to a combined effort from members of our Richmont community, some beginning resources are available to help you in your cultural diversity education. You will find reading and video suggestions, podcasts, professional development resources, and links to a range of advocacy groups which may be helpful as you look for ways to become involved.

We are in the midst of a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Inherent is an opportunity for us to see, hear, and understand more clearly the realities and impact of institutional racism on the everyday lives of people of color. This is an opportunity for us to individually, and as a Richmont community, share in the responsibility of doing more…and of being more.

Please know that your Office of Diversity & Inclusion is here with resources to support you. Again, thank you, Blessings to you, and be safe.

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