Convergence Symposium - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)
Convergence: Unity in Diversity is a symposium examining systemic issues that are foundational to racial injustices crippling our world and exploring restoration through a biblical perspective.

Convergence 2018

November 10, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"All The People"

Throughout American history, and because of influences like the Doctrine of Discovery, the phrase "We the People" in the preamble of our Constitution has been very narrowly defined. Convergence 2018 will examine the foundations of our country, as well as the history of the church, to help understand what corrections can be made so that "We the People" might finally mean "All the People.”

The one-day symposium is hosted by Geneva College's Diversity & Inclusion, Center for Student Engagement and the CCO.

Online registration is closed. Tickets available at the door.


Geneva College
Skye Lounge, Student Center
3200 College Ave. Beaver Falls, PA 15010


  • College student: $10
  • General Admission: $25
  • CCO Staff, Geneva Students, Faculty and Staff (Free)
    • If Geneva student, faculty or staff, please submit Geneva email address (
    • If CCO staff, please submit CCO email address (

Lunch will available at Alexander Dining Hall for $7

Cutoff date for online pre-registration: Thursday, November 8.

On-Site Registration
Registration at the door.

Mark Charles

2018 Keynote Speaker: Mark Charles

Mr. Charles is a Native American who speaks on Race, Trauma and the Doctrine of Discovery.


Convergence Symposium


Convergence Symposium Schedule

9:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

10 a.m.

Keynote Session #1 - Mark Charles

Mr. Charles is a Native American who speaks on Race, Trauma and the Doctrine of Discovery.

We The People: The Legacy of One Nation Under God

Like 4th Century Rome under Constantine, America considers itself to be a Christian nation, but according to Jesus there is no such thing as a Christian empire. This lecture will examine how the belief in the heresy of Christendom has been used to justify the oppression of people of color and women throughout our nation's history.

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions #1

  • Institutional Transformation: The Case of Nyack College
    Speaker: Dr. Jim Dittmar

    During the 1990s and into the first decade of this century, Nyack College initiated a significant change in vision and mission. A process that began in the early 1990s eventually became a strategic initiative to increase the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff who represented persons of color, various ethnicities, and sundry countries of origin. Based on two years of qualitative research at both its Nyack and Manhattan, NY campuses, Dr. Dittmar will share this unique journey of Nyack's novel institutional change where today non-white students comprise over 60% of its population and where such students have little difficulty seeing themselves among the faculty and staff.

  • Colorism: Its Deep History and Lasting Effects
    Speaker: Lauren T. Mixon

    Colonialism is often talked about in black and white. Most often researched is how colonialism has impacted relationships between White people and people of Color. However, the rift that racism and colonialism left has seeped into communities of color. One of the ways it has done this is through Colorism. Lauren Mixon will lead us as we explore all of this together.

  • Creating Thriving Neighborhoods through the Local Church and Community Development
    Speakers: Kerri & Casey Clauser

    Cross-cultural ministry is a way of life and a space where you often leave your comfort zone. This session will focus on sharing about the journey of where faith and application meet, and how God is using the local Church to create community change and impacting the Kingdom of God.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch (Alex's Dining Hall - $7 per person or off-campus)

1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

The previous breakout sessions will be repeated during this time.

2:45 p.m.


3 p.m.

Keynote Session #2 - Mark Charles

All the People: A Journey Towards Truth and Conciliation

In response to the dehumanizing foundations of our country, Mark believes that we need a national dialogue on race, gender, and class--a conversation on par with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa, Rwanda, and Canada. This lecture will lay out the specifics of this vision and offer a proposal of how such a commission can be initiated.

Closing Prayer