Diversity at JBU

National and International Diversity on Campus

Our students come from all over the world. They are citizens of 24 countries including: Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.

JBU is also home to many students that, while U.S. citizens, grew up all over the world with parents who worked in ministry or international business. They come from The Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.

Diversity Statement

BASIS

John Brown University’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is based on the person and work of Jesus Christ which fulfills the covenant that God made with Abraham that through faith “all the families of the world will be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). Racial heritage, socio-economic status and gender should not divide those whose identity is grounded in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28).

The history of John Brown University reflects an intentional effort to include marginalized people. From its founding as an institution, women have been a part of the University faculty, staff and student body as equal partners with men in faith and work to provide higher education for the rural poor and other under-represented communities. Since the 1960’s, the inclusion of international students and faculty, as well as ethnically diverse staff, students and faculty has intentionally and steadily enhanced the mission of the University.

AFFIRMATION

The Scripture of the Old and New Testament clearly affirms that all human beings are imprinted with the image of God (Gen. 1:26—28); we are therefore called to honor, cherish and respect one another. To acknowledge the sinfulness of humankind is to accept the historical reality that has often been manifested in “us-them” dynamics. This acknowledgment sharpens our commitment to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and informs the JBU community as it shapes university policies and practices. It is our hope that our community in its diversity will continue to mature (Philippians 1:6) and better reflect the reality of God’s good design and intention for humanity.

Office of Diversity 

Committed to strengthening diversity on campus, John Brown University established the Office of Diversity, led by Dr. Ted Song, coordinator of diversity. The office, in conjunction with the Diversity Committee, will coordinate various efforts on campus that encourage and showcase diversity.  More Info

Diversity Committee

The John Brown University Campus Diversity Planning Committee is devoted to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought, experience and expression are valued, respected, welcomed and celebrated. The committee honors our diversity statement, serving as a campus resource to provide vision, information, advocacy and coordination for diversity-related events, activities, initiatives and discussions. Contact us at diversity@jbu.edu.

MOSAIC  (Multicultural Organization of Students Active In Christ)

Multicultural Organization of Students Active In Christ (MOSAIC) is a student-led organization intended to create unity among the minority Americans on the JBU campus. More Info

Diversity Facts (2020-21 School Year)

 

Student Diversity - Undergraduate

Students 

Female

Male

Total

Non-Resident Alien

46

49

95

Hispanic/Latino

62

39

101

Black or African American

9

9

18

White

548

350

898

American Indian

11

5

16

Asian

15

2

17

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0

0

0

Two or more races

35

31

66

Unknown

18

18

36

TOTAL

744

503

1247

 

Student Diversity - Graduate Program

Students 

Female

Male

Total

Non-Resident Alien

2

2

4

Hispanic/Latino

29

13

42

Black or African American

31

11

42

White

255

128

383

American Indian

2

3

5

Asian

6

3

9

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0

0

0

Two or more races

11 5 16

Unknown

5

2

7

TOTAL

341

167

508

 

Student Diversity - Online Undergraduate Program

Students 

Female

Male

Total

Non-Resident Alien

0

1

1

Hispanic/Latino

13

4

17

Black or African American

4

5

9

White

88

34

122

American Indian

4

0

4

Asian

2

0

2

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

2

0

2

Two or more races

11

5

16

Unknown

3

0

3

TOTAL

127

49

176