The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19
These words from the beginning of Christ’s ministry set the framework for our work in Access and Opportunity at SNU. At SNU, we believe the core of our Christian identity is defined by Christ and his work on earth. In this passage, Christ emphasizes that the work of the gospel is one of liberation and flourishing. We believe that by providing access to educational support and resources and by guiding students to opportunities that allow them to grow and flourish, we are fulfilling this central mandate of Christian work in the world. Many of our students find themselves held captive not only by systems of inequity and poverty but also by spiritual and social experiences. We take seriously Christ’s words to “proclaim release to the captives (and) to let the oppressed go free.” With God’s help, we work together with our students to create a place where every student at SNU can thrive and grow in Christ-centered community.
The Mission of SNU is to make Christ-like disciples through higher education. Access and Opportunity supports this mission by providing access to educational support and opportunities for spiritual and intellectual enrichment.