We confront diversity in a multicultural society just by living and working in today’s world of immediate communication and of cultural and religious diversity. Seeking to fulfill God’s call for mission and justice involves us all in both communicating the perspectives of our faith community and seeking to understand the perspectives of the groups to whom we communicate and witness. To witness we need an ability to see, understand, and respond across different cultures, patterns of thought, and theological perspectives.
It is in this context that Princeton Seminary has established an Office of Multicultural Relations (OMR), the first of the Presbyterian seminaries to do so. Located in the Department of Student Life, the office is focused on the concerns of international and, racial-ethnic students and diversity issues by promoting campus programs relating to opportunities for and appreciation of multi- and cross-cultural experiences, facilitating the life and work of the racial-ethnic councils of the faculty, and assisting various Seminary constituencies with providing learning opportunities regarding multicultural and racial-ethnic relations.
The students who live, study, and worship together on the Seminary campus come from all 50 states, and this year’s entering M.Div. class alone includes fifteen new African American students, three new Hispanic students, and sixteen new Asian/Pacific Islander students, as well as twenty-two new international students representing Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, Myanmar, Russia, Scotland, and Taiwan. This diversity creates new opportunities for dialogue, for learning, and for sharing the gospel. Overall we have a student body that represents all 50 states including Puerto Rico, more than 39 countries and more than 30 denominations.
With the rise of technology, globalization, migration, and immigration, the world is getting smaller. On a daily basis we can watch events unfolding in real time on the other side of the world via the Internet, using a computer manufactured in another hemisphere, and then discuss those events over lunch with people from another continent. More voices are entering the conversation, voices that need to be heard. But without leadership, dialogue, and a conscious effort to understand the other, that plurality of voices can fall into cacophony, and communion can break into chaos.
We invite you to explore our web site that provides a wealth of information for current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and our community. Please feel free to contact:
The Office of Multicultural Relations, 64 Mercer Street, Templeton Hall, Suite 201, Princeton, NJ 08542
1.800.622.6767, ext. 1941 [email protected]