Auburn Embraces Diversity

From ice-capped mountain villages to quiet lotus gardens, sandy desert towns to tree-top jungle homes, the world is full of colorful cultures, customs, and communities. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Rainier, Auburn Adventist Academy is comprised of a unique global population.

Auburn's school family is made up of students from all over the world: Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada and Indonesia.

"It's so good to be at Auburn," says Miki Kutsuma of Tokyo, Japan. "When I first arrived, I didn't speak any English at all. I made great friends who helped me learn. My English has improved 100 percent since coming to Auburn."

As students grow academically, the impact of being a part of a worldwide school family is life-changing. "I've had the chance to make friends from all over the world,” says Jin Kang of Federal Way, Wash.

"I love Auburn's diversity,” says Eric Bing, senior. “You feel comfortable with who you are here."

Most importantly, the gospel of Christ is being shared from AAA's doorsteps. For example, each morning the boys' dorm has Bible study and prayer groups led by Patrick Clifford, task force dean.

Clifford notes how many of the international students are interested in Bible studies and desire “to take Bible studies home to share with their families.”

The international perspective and unique combined culture of the campus offers opportunities for friendships that will span the earth for years to come. It has also created avenues to share Jesus Christ and embrace the gospel commission.

As one faculty member puts it, "AAA is creating a global family and in turn, making a big impact on our world."

March 01, 2009 / Washington Conference