Our Graduate and Faculty Ministry (GFM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking people who can help us to expand and diversify our graduate student communities. Enrollment in UW-Madison’s Graduate and Professional programs is nearly 12,000, including 1,500 ethnic minorities and 3,000 international students, with 5,500 in Ph.D. programs and over 3,500 in Masters programs.
We have traditions and strengths to build on such as small group ministry, integration of faith and learning, and student leadership. Critical areas for growth include contextualizing those strengths in new populations and departments, and adding fresh approaches in our existing places of influence.
We have had some level of international and ethnic minority participation in our small groups and leadership; growth would mean more students and faculty in both of those demographic categories, and for all of us to thrive together with more diverse leadership and formation of our community. We are motivated toward this by our belief in the significance of God’s love for the world and, simply, the richness of knowing more of God through the variety of our cultures and personalities.
In InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries we are committed to the spiritual formation and personal development of each person, belonging in Christian community, a lifestyle of evangelism and service, and integrating faith, learning, and practice. GFM also cultivates faculty engagement, both for vital collegial support for those who are Christians and for mentoring and encouragement to graduate students.