The entire campus community is invited to the launch of the “G.R.O.W.” movement, which will focus on fostering rich and authentic relationships in an exploration of diversity as a journey, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The opening event will be both informational and celebratory.  It will include remarks by President John Knapp, other senior administrators and student leaders, and entertainment by a variety of talented performers.

The initials “G.R.O.W.” stand for “Growing, Relationships, Opportunities and World,” expanded as “Growing Relationships through diverse Opportunities to strengthen involvement in an ever-changing World.”  The “G.R.O.W.” movement is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Education in collaboration with Student Development, Campus Ministries and the academic departments.

As noted by the organizers, “The scriptures from Genesis to Revelation tell the story of God’s love for all people and encourage us to love one another as He loves us.  But, the question is:  how can you love someone that you do not know?  The G.R.O.W.  movement is designed to develop rich and authentic relationships through open and honest dialogues that will allow students, faculty, staff and administrators to get to know one another while growing as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

“The G.R.O.W. movement fosters the concept that diversity is a journey and everyone will be starting from different places.  Those differences will allow for deeper conversations, perspectives and understanding.  As we take this journey, it is important that we have an open mind as we work together to build a united and inclusive community.”