Our Commitment to Cultural Intelligence

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus.” -Galatians 3:28

Grace Christian University is committed to educating students from diverse backgrounds and preparing them to serve Christ in a diverse society.

Grace defines diversity as differences in culture, experience, and background among individuals and groups. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, nationalities, generations, abilities, and denominations consistent with our Christian worldview and appropriate to our theological context.

In order to build the capacity to both create a more diverse campus and better prepare students for a diverse world, the University has partnered with the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC) to provide training and assessment in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) for every employee and student at Grace. CQ consists of four capabilities: CQ Drive, CQ Knowledge, CQ Strategy and CQ Action.

Every employee and every student takes a CQ assessment to understand their own levels of cultural intelligence compared to worldwide norms. Every employee receives CQ training.

The four CQ capabilities have been integrated into the curriculum of every student using the following educational outcomes:

  • CQ Drive: Is the student able to interact with a high level of interest, persistence, and confidence in multicultural situations?
  • CQ Knowledge: Is the student able to analyze how cultures are similar and different?
  • CQ Strategy: Is the student able to plan with awareness for multicultural interactions?
  • CQ Action: Is the student able to adapt when relating and working in multicultural contexts?

Grace Christian University believes that by building capacity for diversity through CQ, the University is creating the ability it needs to create a more diverse campus that prepares students to serve Christ in a diverse society.