InterVarsity Chapters Return to CSU
By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MADISON, WI (ANS — JUNE 24, 2015) — InterVarsity’s 23 chapters on 19 of the California State University (CSU) campuses will once again be recognized student groups, according to CSU and InterVarsity. InterVarsity chapters were not recognized at CSU campuses for the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Following substantive and cordial ongoing conversations, CSU clarified the intent and reach of Executive Order 1068,” said InterVarsity President Jim Lundgren speaking in a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service.
He added, “We are confident we can choose leaders who are qualified to lead InterVarsity’s witnessing communities throughout the Cal State system.”
Both CSU and InterVarsity affirm the importance of all students having the choice to participate in campus organizations.
“InterVarsity’s Christian faith compels us to welcome all people,” Lundgren said. “We support CSU in its commitment to serve the diversity of students on its campuses. In fact, InterVarsity communities are some of the most diverse groups on Cal State’s campuses. At the same time, we maintain our commitment to provide campus communities that are clearly Christian, where all students can experience and learn more about Christian community, theology, and practice.”
The news release said that while this agreement covers chapters at California State University, the largest public university system in the U.S., InterVarsity continues to face challenges to student chapters on campuses at other locations in California, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Maine, Iowa, and Florida.
“In a time where much of the public discourse is polarized, InterVarsity and CSU remained engaged, honest, and respectful throughout the negotiations,” Lundgren said in the news release.
He continued, “While we are grateful to have resolved the issue with CSU, InterVarsity continues to believe that all-comers policies will result in the exclusion, rather than inclusion, of diverse students from campus.”
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA has a total of 985 chapters on 649 campuses and has been active on U.S. college and university campuses for more than 74 years. InterVarsity is a charter affiliate of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
For more information visit www.intervarsity.org
Photo captions: 1) International students with the flags of their nations. 2) Jeremy Reynalds.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on “From Destitute to Ph.D.” are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at email@example.com.
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