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A Landmark Invite: HGST to Participate In Key ATS Program

More than 270 graduate schools of theology comprise the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Our school was one of only twenty that the ATS invited to participate in a two-year process to (1) focus on developing the capacity of those schools to educate racial/ethnic students more effectively, and/or (2) work on educational practices with white students to better prepare them for ministry in a multiracial culture.

This unique opportunity begins with “Cultivating Educational Capacity,” a conference in Pittsburgh from October 24-26, with HGST Academic Dean Dr. Becky Towne, Professor Dr. Ria Baker, and student Joshua Blackmon attending to represent the school. A similar second conference will follow in 2020. In the time intervening, teams of faculty and students from participating schools will work in their schools to develop and implement educational strategies—to meet the program’s goal:

Educating all students in, as the ATS puts it, “cultural competence.”

Dave Bounds