Turning Conversations into Action
In February of 2018, I participated in a number of cross-cultural engagement conversations instituted by the administration of Lansing Christian School. These conversations had the expressed desire to include the voices in our school community from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and effectively incorporate the voices of parents of diverse families.
Inspired by the concept of creating a true community, two LCS high school students sensed a growing desire to intentionally engage those in our community of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. From the initiative of these two students, the Lansing Christian School Multicultural Club was born.
Creating the Club Foundation
This past year, students have focused on launching the Multicultural Club by determining its biblical vision, club goals, membership, and activities.
Biblical Vision: The Multicultural Club’s biblical vision finds its genesis in Galatians 3:26-28, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” The students see this verse as a unifying call to be in community with one another through Christ.
Goal: The goal of the club is to provide an opportunity for students of all races and ethnicities to connect, grow in unity, and help our community learn about and celebrate one another.
Membership: In following the call of Galatians 3:26-28, and in line with the goals of the Multicultural Club, membership is open to all high school students who are interested in joining.
Club activities: The club activities are focused on learning, connecting, and serving. Students are involved in community service projects, presenting at brown bag discussions, and participating in multicultural performances.
Benefits for Students
The Multicultural Club encourages students to reject stereotypes by truly learning about and appreciating each other and, at the same time, contributing to our community as a whole. The club fosters cross-cultural conversations among students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Students may not have the opportunity to learn about each other’s culture and history over the course of a normal school day, but the Multicultural Club will provide a venue for these conversations to take place. As a result, the Multicultural Club will improve self-esteem by honoring and recognizing the uniqueness of every individual in God’s kingdom. We believe this understanding will help to foster and instill a true civic commitment in teenagers, based in grace.
Reflection of Lansing Christian School’s Values
The Lansing Christian School Board of Trustees and administration started the cross-cultural engagement conversations because they believed that in order to fulfill our core value of living and learning in Christian community, LCS must start by understanding and respecting differences within our community. The Multicultural Club is an extension of this value, and fulfills LCS’s vision of “equipping young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.”
Finally, in the spirit of this year’s theme, “We Belong,” the Multicultural Club seeks to bridge cultural gaps and foster a shared community experience. In the conversations and activities promoted by the Multicultural Club, students will, “discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
by Dr. Neliswa LeCorn, Chemistry Teacher