In the summer of 1995 several of us who work in Christian colleges/universities gathered for a day to network and dialogue on the state of affairs regarding diversity initiatives on our respective campuses. We shared our ups and downs and sought to encourage one another to continue in this difficult but necessary work.
At this meeting, I presented the vision I had to start a conference that would bring students from various Christian colleges/universities together for an annual gathering. It would be a time to celebrate our diversity and to share our stories with one another. They unanimously agreed that this was something I should do, and they would support it 100 percent.
In the days that followed, I further sought to test my vision by calling various colleagues across the country to ask their response to possibly starting a conference on racial reconciliation. Here I also received overwhelmingly positive responses in favor of beginning something new. One colleague made a statement that I remember to this day, “If you see a need that is not being met, then move forward with your vision.” In 1996 we held our first conference. Humble beginnings were huge steps of faith.
The original name of the conference was called the Western Regional Multicultural Leadership Conference. From about 1996 to 1999 students and staff from colleges/universities from the Southern California region attended. In 2000 we changed our name to the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation and hence the acronym, SCORR. By then the conference had grown to serve Christian colleges/universities along the West Coast.
Today, we continue to grow as attendees come from various parts of the country. The need is ever pressing to address issues facing, not only diversity in Christian Higher Education, but how does the Kingdom of God become a reality on our campuses. Creating opportunities for students, faculty and staff to dialogue together is an on-going challenge. SCORR seeks to be a part of the solution as we gather annually to address crucial issues facing the church, Christian colleges/universities and the world at large.
Please pray for us, and better yet, join us and be a part of a progressive movement that seeks to bring about God’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
By Glen Kinoshita