Grow your cultural awareness at Northwestern!

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Our mission

To promote Christian unity in our university community, particularly with respect to issues of racial, cultural and ethnic diversity, and biblical reconciliation.

We are fulfilling our mission through engagement, education and service.

We promote inclusivity, advise and support international students, immigrants, students of color, and children of missionaries and coordinate cultural, social and spiritual activities.

C-GRACE also creates educational programs for the Northwestern community that develop cultural competence and understanding for biblical reconciliation. This nurtures a Christ-centered, healthy community on campus.

As C-GRACE provides education about resources and support services for students studying in another culture/country, it also works closely with ethnic and multicultural churches to foster partnerships of mutual service and learning.


In 1993, the Office of Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Campus (REDOC) opened to encourage recruitment and retention of students of color, and support for international students and students of missionary parents (MKs). In 2010, the Office of Intercultural Unity officially changed its name to the Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education (C-GRACE) in order to more fully reflect its mission and the services provided.

Clubs and events

C-GRACE coordinates several significant events each year, including a Multicultural Orientation and participation in the National Christian Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and the Twin Cities Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. Northwestern also encourages eligible students to join Mu Kappa, a national fraternity for missionary kids.

Contact information

David Fenrick, Ph.D.
Director of C-GRACE
Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies
Adjunct Professor of Communication

Phone: 651-631-5229
Office: Graham Commons, G109
E-mail: defenrick@unwsp.edu

Ruti Doto
Intercultural Office Assistant
Phone: 651-268-7723
Office: Graham Commons, G111
E-mail: sw7rddoto2@unwsp.edu

Click here to view the International Student Handbook.


Homecoming Fiesta

Open Mic Night

Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Build cultural community

The Fellowship of Reconciling Cultures Everywhere (FORCE) is a student-led organization that helps students to celebrate their own cultures and learn how to nurture relationships with people of other cultures. FORCE is centered around building community through events focused on racial justice, cultural education and celebration, and biblical reconciliation.


We strive to be an active community at University of Northwestern that provides an open atmosphere for equipping students to educate others about their own culture and understanding other cultures/ethnicities/etc.; and supports new students transitioning into the Northwestern community.


  • Provide educational experiences to facilitate learning about culture.
  • Mediate discussions between groups on campus.
  • Support incoming international students.
  • Celebrate the cultural diversity we have in the Body of Christ.

Connect with us!

Interested in learning more about FORCE?

Want to get connected with UNW students who are focused on cultural education?

Connect with FORCE on Facebook.