Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary are proud to announce the launch of The Center for Racial Reconciliation (CRR).
The Center for Racial Reconciliation exists to educate, disciple and empower our students, as well as all members of the campus community and beyond, to lead the charge for justice and reconciliation in the local community, our nation and around the world. CRR will also lead and partner with organizations in community development and in repairing broken systems.
Dr. Nathaniel Perez has been named the director of CRR. He is a campus leader who earned his Doctor of Ministry and his Master of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary. He has held several roles in Nyack’s Division of Student Success, including Chair of Developmental Education, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) counselor, academic advisor and instructor of Introduction to Racial Reconciliation, a course offered to both our College and Seminary students.
Mrs. Jennifer Jones Austin is CRR’s Scholar in Residence. Mrs. Jones Austin is a fourth-generation leader of faith and social justice who champions the cause of racial equity. As CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, she leads and secures policy changes that impact underserved people. Her work reflects a profound understanding of the link between race, poverty, and social policy in America.
CRR will serve as an interdisciplinary vehicle that advocates for academic research and scholarship in the areas of racial reconciliation and social justice. In collaboration with the faculty and administration, initiatives of the Center will engage and expand the College’s involvement in the areas of reconciliation and justice. Goals and objectives will include updating curriculum to reflect a diverse representation of authors and worldviews.
The Center will help the administration recast leadership development, recruiting and hiring methods, as well as improve systemic and institutional practices at Nyack College. CRR will also provide resources and assist in the development of a Bachelor of Arts in humanities degree with a concentration in social justice.
A new Center for Racial Reconciliation webpage featuring resources on including videos, articles and book recommendations will be unveiled soon.