Christian College Pays Students Thousands In Diversity Awards


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A Christian liberal arts college is giving away diversity awards worth thousands of dollars to students or faculty who promote “inclusive excellence,” a “commitment to diversity” or serve a multicultural organization on campus.

Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California offers Diversity Leadership Scholarships worth up to $6,000 to incoming and current students, provided that they serve a multicultural organization on campus for one year.

The school has also opened nominations for its Excellence in Diversity Awards, worth $1,000 for individual awardee(s) and $2,000 for team(s) who win the award.  While the Excellence in Diversity Awards ostensibly award those who promote “inclusive excellence,” the information page does not detail how “excellence” — something which is by definition “exclusive” — will be “inclusive.”

PLNU’s Diversity Council Subcommittee will use four main selection criteria to determine award recipient(s): leadership, campus climate, teaching and learning, and recruitment of underrepresented faculty and students.

The subcommittee also notes that it will be examining how nominees forged “intersectionality,” or “intersections across multiple dimensions of diversity.”

PLNU ostensibly appears to be awarding students and faculty with money for instituting affirmative action.

“Enhance diversity, advance equity and social justice,” instructs the teaching and learning criterion. “And/or contribute to an understanding of cultural differences through infusing the curriculum, co-curriculum and a focus on cultural competency.”

The Diversity Council Sub-committee will choose recipient(s), which will then be passed along to PLNU’s president for approval.

In addition to the $1,000 or $2,000 award, recipients of the Excellence in Diversity awards will get their names engraved on a plaque to be featured in a prominent location on campus.

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