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Cup of Culture Series

Cup of Culture Series dates and topics

MOSAIC and the Center for Justice & Reconciliation are bringing the Cup of Culture series to the PLNU campus throughout the 20/21 academic year

The impact of systemic injustice is woven into our lives. “Cup of Culture” is a forum centered around opening a dialogue space for community members of PLNU to engage in meaningful, challenging, and urgent conversations about diversity, inclusion, justice, and reconciliation and all that it entails. This forum seeks to challenge the PLNU community to explore our identity (racial, ethnicity, nationality, ability, gender, etc.), understand the experiences of others, critically identify social systems of oppression, and to work towards living a more socially just life. 

This monthly event creates space to learn and discuss these issues with curated content, expert speakers, and facilitated conversation. We believe that we can come together in civil discourse about what makes us different so we can move forward united. This brand new program is a co-sponsored event from the offices of Multicultural and International Student Services and the Center for Justice & Reconciliation.

Grab your coffee or tea and join us on Zoom at 5 p.m. for a brewed awakening on:

View the recording here

Samuel Kwapong

Samuel Kwapong

Sam has over a decade of experience in higher education, specifically in the diversity, inclusion, leadership development and international student services field. Sam joined Point Loma Nazarene University as the Director of Multicultural and International Students Services in 2014. He has 13 years of experience within different departments in higher education from Academic Affairs to Student Development/Affairs. He has implemented and organized multiple student engagements and trainings on race and racial reconciliation. As a native of Ghana and a former international student, he leverages his experiences and knowledge of the US immigration system to assist students in dealing with their immigration needs. Sam has lived throughout the United States because of his background in the military. Through his experience, he has encountered different cultures and has learned how to thrive in a multicultural environment. This makes his job as the director of Multicultural and International Student Services that much more fulfilling. This year he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy award. This honor is awarded to staff or faculty who embodies the ideals of Dr. King. Currently, he is working on completing his dissertation in higher education leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University and a Master’s in Christian Education, with an emphasis in youth/college ministry from Azusa Pacific University. He is also an adjunct professor at PLNU in the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. Sam has dedicated his career to raising future leaders and creating a space for them to thrive. 

Jer Swigart

Jer Swigart

Jer (@jerswigart) is the cofounder of The Global Immersion Project.  A peacemaking training organization, Global Immersion is cultivating an everyday peacemaking movement that is seeking to remake our divided world.  As a modern-day peacemaker, Jer has found himself contending for peace in beautifully bizarre corners of our global village. Whether in the tribes of northern Pakistan, the slums of India, the red-light districts of Southeast Asia, the conflicted regions of Israel & Palestine, the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico, or the racial divides within his own neighborhood, Jer lives, loves, & leads in a way that disarms violence and awakens imaginations to restorative possibilities. His engagement within national and international conflicts as well as his experience as a faith leader, educator, and trainer has formed him into a guide for leaders, teams, and organizations that are yearning to leverage their influence as instruments of peace. When he’s not traveling the country and world as a practitioner, coach, and speaker, Jer and his family live in and love exploring the Pacific Northwest.  He’s written for numerous publications, has contributed to several books, is a Pepperdine Cross Sector Leader Fellow, is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership, and is the co-author of the award winning book, Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World (IVP, 2017). 


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