WWU Addresses Diversity on Campus

The North Pacific Union Conference affirms the intentional work of Walla Walla University (WWU) leaders to promote diversity and inclusion in the aftermath of a perceived racist social media post involving several WWU students. The university's response statement not only condemns racism but also confirms its intent to value all people and to provide safety and security on WWU campuses. It outlines several steps being taken as a result of the recent post.

Below are several responses to the event and dialogue on how we can reconcile in Christ.

Gleaner Dialogue: WWU Diversity Discussion with John McVay

April 24, 2018

Steve Vistaunet, Gleaner editor, conducted a 30-minute video interview with John McVay on April 17. During that interview, McVay acknowledged that the initial social media incident has provided the university with an opportunity to reflect on deeper issues of diversity and positive ways forward. He highlighted eight specific areas of diversity focus that will be immediately addressed. Click to watch the entirety of that interview.

A Valuable and Significant Journey

April 11, 2018 / John McVay

The Walla Walla University community gathered last month in our campus church sanctuary in a challenging context. A few days before, university administrators began exploring reports of a social media post that featured a small group of WWU students, one that seemed to be a clear example of blackface, a symbol of racism and oppression. The pain of the incident touched the full spectrum of our campus family represented in that space — faculty, staff and students from nearly every ethnicity.

Dulan Responds to Events at WWU

There is Neither Jew Nor Gentile [WWUC]

April 07, 2018

With the recent events on the Walla Walla University (WWU) campus, Alex Bryan, Walla Walla University Church (WWUC) senior pastor, felt called to preach his April 7 Sabbath sermon on racism, justice and diversity.

During the sermon, Bryan invited four WWU students to come on stage and express how the recents events had impacted them.

Click Read more to watch Bryan's sermon.

WWU President Addresses Racism [WWU]

April 03, 2018

On April 3, John McVay, Walla Walla University (WWU) president, addressed a campus-wide assembly regarding the core values of the university. In his comments, which included a response to a recent racist social media post on campus, McVay called for respect and care for one another. Citing the apostle Paul, McVay urged the campus family to unite by reconciling everything and everyone in Christ.

Click Read more to watch McVay's Address.