The work of the ATS Committee on Race and Ethnicity in Theological Education (CORE) addresses both the concerns of racial/ethnic persons in theological education and institutional practices. The purpose of the initiative includes leadership development of racial/ethnic persons; collecting data on the hiring, retention, and promotion of racial/ethnic persons at member schools; and emphasizing mentoring by and for racial/ethnic persons to ensure their retention and enhance their well-being.
A major evaluation of the impact of 14 years of CORE work was conducted during the 2016 biennium. The results of the evaluation efforts were drawn from the reflections of the CORE and its consultants, the constituent survey, the consultation with faculty and staff, and the consultation with students and recent graduates. These varied data gathering processes helped to shape priorities for a grant proposal to fund the focus of the work moving forward.
In June 2020, under the leadership of CORE and the African American presidents and deans, ATS spoke decisively and intentionally into the crisis surrounding the killing of Black people. A Black Lives Matter webinar convened leading voices from ATS member schools to explore the theological implications of the taking of Black lives and the inherent challenges before the church and the academy. In addition, a Black Lives Matter open forum invited discussion from ATS executive and academic leaders about the impact and theological work needed to address the consistent killings of Black people.
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