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Southern Nazarene University - Character Culture Christ

Recognizing the diverse intersections of identity on Southern Nazarene University’s campus is crucial to creating a campus of belonging. Through the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, our goal is to work towards promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice on our campus as a means of embodying God’s inclusive love in and through Southern Nazarene University. Our goal is that our university is not simply a place where one feels welcomed-- we want our university to be a place where we embody the welcome and hospitality of God as a means of transforming one another into Christlike disciples. 

Who We Are

Intercultural Learning and Engagement houses many distinct but interconnected areas, all focused on creating spaces of belonging and affinity for all learners at SNU.  We desire to be a community that reflects diversity, inclusion and equity through the refining of our character, the way we create culture and the way we serve Christ.

  • Dr. Lena Crouso, Vice President for Intercultural Learning & EngagementRev. Dr. Crouso serves as as the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, and she is also an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Crouso is the daughter of Asian-Indian immigrants and states that her journey from Hinduism to Christ along with her diverse life path has given her a heart and mind for the empowerment of all people through intercultural understanding and a desire to lead people in spiritual and emotional ways, empowering students to move towards social transformation and freedom.

  • The core of our university’s strategic framework is an embodiment of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, making the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement necessary for SNU’s campus.

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Our Stories

We recognize that there are no single stories here at Southern Nazarene University, but there are intercultural people with diverse intersections of identity. As Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” We want to tell those “untold stories” because they are the core of who we are, and they provide opportunities for empathy, compassion, and transformation. 

Join the Conversation

We recognize that work for God’s Kingdom cannot be done in isolation. If you are interested in getting involved in the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, there are many different opportunities to participate. 

  • The Intercultural Student Societies provide affinity and belonging for students with similar cultures and experiences through opportunity to build relationships, offer support, and celebrate one another. Students will be able to grow spiritually and professionally while they embrace diversity and inclusion on the SNU campus. Current societies on campus include: 

    Black Student Society
    Hispanic & Latinx Student Society
    International Student Society

  • Intercultural Learning Opportunities 

    We are working on creating robust annual events that promote intercultural learning opportunities for students on SNU’s campus.

  • SGA & Intercultural Learning and Engagement SNU’s Student Government Association (SGA) created a position to embody the ideas of the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, attempting to create a group of student leaders that better represent the diverse intersections of identity throughout the student body.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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