Johnson University strives to foster an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community that promotes the success and wellbeing of women and men across races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, and ages.
Johnson University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is first and foremost rooted in Scripture. Our mission statement—to “educate students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations”—derives from Jesus’ Great Commission given in Matthew 28. This mission commits us to extending God’s kingdom among and making disciples of all people. Furthermore, Johnson University is committed to reflecting the multicultural kingdom of God that includes people from every tribe, language, people, and nation, as shown in Revelation 5. Finally, as Paul describes the Christian’s ministry as one of reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5, we are committed to the ministry of reconciling both humanity’s broken relationship with God and humanity’s broken relationship with others, relationships which often manifest themselves in divisions between races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, and ages. We pursue this reconciliation by embracing and embodying the God-given gifts of unity and diversity.
Johnson University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is also rooted in our heritage. Johnson University rose from the tradition of the Stone-Campbell Movement, which seeks to foster unity in the midst of theological diversity for the larger goal of mission as described in Jesus’ prayer for unity found in John 17. The founders of the University were dedicated to providing education for all socioeconomic groups, as evidenced by their openness to all “who desire above every other desire, to preach the Gospel of Christ.”
We have not and do not live out these ideals perfectly, but we aspire to move toward our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of the University: students, staff, faculty, and administration.