Warner Pacific Honored with Education in Equity Award

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Photo: Dr. Cook w/ Joyce Coleman (ORCC board).

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Warner Pacific College was presented with the Education in Equity Award from the Oregon Campus Compact at their 20th Anniversary Celebration.

“This award represents a significant achievement in advancing equity within higher education and it is our honor to recognize the hard work that Warner Pacific has put into improving its practices, policies, and programs to improve the quality of the educational experience and the outcomes for students of color and first-generation students,” explained Josh Todd, executive director of Oregon Campus Compact.

The Educational Equity Award recognizes one college or university in Oregon that has shown significant commitment to advancing equity in higher education, inequities in outcomes for students of color, first-generation students, and other students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education.

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Dr. Cook with Jessica Howard, ORCC chair.

“At Warner Pacific, transformation is at the core of our Christ-centered identity, and we see both the tremendous need and the amazing opportunity for higher education to be transformed into an equitable environment where all students can flourish,” said President Andrea Cook. “I am grateful for the many faculty, staff, and especially students who have been part of this work at the College, and I look forward to continuing to develop the ways in which we serve historically marginalized and underrepresented groups of students. We are honored by this award from Campus Compact, but we know that we must continue to learn from one another because there is still work to be done.”

The 20th Anniversary Celebration highlighted the achievements made by Oregon Campus Compact’s college and university members. The evening was a time to recognize leaders and innovators in Oregon higher education and recommitment to guaranteeing that for the next twenty years the Compact’s robust network will stay focused on ensuring all students succeed and become active, engaged members of the community.

Warner Pacific College is a private, Christ-centered college of more than 1,400 undergraduates and graduate students in Portland, Oregon. Warner Pacific was recognized as a top college and best academic value in the west according to the 2015 U.S. News and World Report. Established in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), Warner Pacific offers 29 undergraduate majors and 5 graduate programs in business, education, ministry, and music at 6 campuses across the Portland metropolitan area and online. Warner Pacific provides all students with a welcoming and inclusive space to dream, achieve, and flourish.

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