Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO)

SCIO: Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford

In 2021 Seattle Pacific University became one of 9 CCCU programs to be awarded a grant dedicated to promoting faith, science, and diversity. This Supporting Structures initiative received funds from the John Templeton Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust via a series of grants outlined by the CCCU affiliate, Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO).

The purpose of these grants is to recognize the amazing work being done within the sciences at CCCU institutions generally (and SPU specifically!). Furthermore, the intention of this program is to support dedicated research and scholarship by people whose voices have been historically underrepresented in the public square. To this end, here at SPU, we are explicitly creating research and teaching opportunities to bring these voices to the forefront of everything we do. 

We have three stellar Faculty Fellows whose students and research will be sponsored by this grant.

Additionally, SPU’s student club, Faith & Science is partially sponsored by this grant.

We have a three-year schedule of events and programming to bring the campus and larger community together around topics related to faith, science, and diversity.

Finally, we are helping to support SPU’s Office of Inclusive Excellence’s Search Advocate Program which is designed to “promote equity, mitigate bias, and increase diversity in faculty and staff searches.”