Programs and Initiatives The Next Step

Intercultural Programs at Westmont College hosted its ninth annual “The Next Step” workshop focused on racial justice and conciliation from MLK Day on Monday, January 18, through Friday, January 22, 2021. 

The goal of this virtual workshop was to bring the Westmont community together to engage in reflection, dialogue, and initiative around issues of racial and societal justice - to ask the question, "What's the Next Step for the Church towards racial justice and conciliation?"  Faculty, staff, and students were invited to participate in this workshop to engage in this intercultural/cross cultural dialogue. This was a free workshop for Westmont faculty, staff and students.

To view the full schedule of The Next Step 2021, click here.

Speaker sessions were recorded and can be accessed below:

Dr. Marcus Goodloe, "The Second Phase and the Ongoing Work of Civil Rights"

Joel Goza, "Making an Anti-Racist America," and panel discussion with Joel Goza and Dr. Marcus Goodloe

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, "Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity"

Dr. Vince Bantu, "Race, Theology and the Need for Gospel Haymanot," and A Public Conversation: Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Dr. Vince Bantu, Dr. Helen Rhee, and Dr. Sameer Yadav

Dr. Michael Emerson, "Race, Faith and Politics"

Lisa Fields, "Faithful & Just: Reclaiming an Authentic Christianity"

Group shot from the sixth annual The Next Step (Jan 2018)

Group shot from the fifth annual The Next Step (Jan 2017)

Group shot form the fourth The Next Step (Jan 2016)

TNS 2016 Group Picture

Group shot from the third The Next Step (Jan 2015)

2015 TNS Group

Group shot from the second The Next Step (Jan 2014)

2014 TNS Group

Group shot from the first annual The Next Step (Jan 2013)

First Annual The Next Step Group Picture