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The Center for Intercultural Development and Resources (CIDR)

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The Center for Intercultural Development and Resources (CIDR) is a conduit for compassion, conversation, and comprehension between the various races, ethnicities, socio-economic, and regional backgrounds that are represented on our campus. CIDR raises awareness and appreciation of the diverse student populations, emphasizes the contributions of these diverse groups, and endorses a culturally diverse environment.

Diversity is fundamentally important to the mission and character of Bethany. By sustaining a diverse community, we ensure that all individuals are valued and respected as children of God and that intellectual and personal growth are enriched because of our differences.

The Center for Intercultural Development and Resources (CIDR) promotes understanding and acceptance by means of programs, speakers, and special events. CIDR also maintains a growing multicultural resource library that can be used to enhance educational research or personal edification. 

Advisor: Jonathan Stadler

First Forward Programs

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First Forward programs sponsored by CIDR are geared towards students who are among the first in their families to attend college. The goal is to serve as a resource to students by helping them smoothly and successfully transition from high school to college life and beyond.

The First Forward Workshops, mini workshops, study breaks, and other program events are avenues to directly address the transition to college, student concerns, and other relevant topics like money management, networking, and other questions that students may not be aware they should be asking.

In addition, First Forward provides a forum for first-generation students to network and socialize with one another through events like pizza parties, study breaks, service opportunities, and joint attendance at on and off-campus events.

CIDR Scholarship

A Leadership and Service Scholarship is offered by the Center. To see other scholarship opportunities, visit Bethany Scholarships.


S.T.O.R.M. (Serving Through Outreach, Relief, and Missions) serves to increase campus awareness of local, national, and international mission efforts, to support mission work of organizations affiliated with Bethany through spiritual and material resources, to provide humanitarian aid in the event of natural disasters, both national and international, and to better equip Bethany students to share the Gospel in their day-to-day lives and to develop as Christian servant-leaders.

Greater Mankato Diversity Council

For more information on diversity in the Mankato Area, see the Greater Mankato Diversity Council.