Sector Connector: Faith-Based Institutions
Faith-Based Institutions - Contributions to the Public Good
Many faith-based institutions of higher-education infuse service to others in their missional identities and activities, giving high priority to service-learning courses, opportunities for civic engagement, and creating expectations of community service. As a result, faith-based institutions can create a significant, positive, and long-lasting impact on their surrounding communities. In fact, collectively, the nearly 200 North American institutions in the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) have graduated 1.8 million alumni who are leading, contributing, and serving in all sectors of our society. In this Sector Connector, representatives from Azusa Pacific University and CCCU will lead this idea-sharing discussion focusing on what works, and what obstacles are in the way, to facilitate faith-based institutions’ contribution to the public good.
Jennifer E. Walsh (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University), is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Walsh serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College and is a faculty affiliate member and regular invited speaker of the Values & Capitalism division of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). As dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Walsh oversees the academic affairs of eight departments housing more than 100 full-time faculty, 150 adjunct faculty, and more than 2,000 undergraduate students. She is committed to cultivating academic programs of excellence, fostering faculty and student research, and preparing students for advanced study, civic engagement, vocational success, and a life well-lived.
Chris Jennings is Associate General Counsel at Azusa Pacific University, where he manages the university’s litigation and advises the institution on a broad range of legal matters. He also teaches pre-law courses in APU's Department of History and Political Science. Prior to joining APU in 2011, Chris was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Boston University (J.D.) and APU (B.A.).