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Diversity & Intercultural Engagement

Bethel University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning committed to preparing people for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We seek to fulfill this commitment as a concrete expression of the love of Christ across all races, cultures, genders, abilities, socio-economic, and other forms of diversity.

Co-Curricular Programs and Services

We offer a variety of programs and services to meet the unique needs of our diverse student body and help them gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Learn more about Co-Curricular Services and Programs:

Community Partnerships and Scholarships

We partner with community groups to provide unique opportunities and experiences for our students.

Act Six

Act Six provides full scholarships—as well as academic guidance and preparation, mentoring, and ongoing leadership and community development opportunities—to students from historically underrepresented populations. We aim to empower young people to change their neighborhoods through education and leadership development.


We work through the FSU Community Partnership to create an intentional presence in the Frogtown community through service and engagement—civic, social, and spiritual. Over the years, hundreds of Bethel students have participated in service-learning projects such as literacy tutoring. Additionally, through the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), we offer courses in the Frogtown community for adults pursuing their bachelor's or associate's degrees.

Academic Programs

We offer many opportunities for students in all of our schools to engage diversity in the classroom and beyond. Several programs focus on cultivating a greater understanding of diversity and culture, including a Global and Contextual Leadership emphasis in the Masters of Divinity program as well as the only faith-based undergraduate major and minor in Reconciliation Studies.

Contact Information

Ruben Rivera, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of History
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Ext. 6810

Jeff Sanders
Associate Dean of Formation and Professional Development
Bethel Seminary 
Ext. 8524

Pang Moua
Diversity and Inclusion Associate
Office of Student life
Ext. 6300