Being in close proximity to Bluffton University, I’ve been exposed to a lot of student and professor research over the years — some of which has been woven into our positions. At a recent BU Student Research Fair, I talked with a woman who had done a display on Multi-Cultural Adoption. She noted that multi-cultural adoption still comes up against a good deal of “social stigma” at times in this country. She said social workers advise parents of multi-cultural families to work on making their children feel as secure as possible with their cultural identities, explain about the dimensions of racism to the child, and be open to allowing the child to ask questions and process their feelings around issues related to their identities and problems they may be experiencing with, say, peer prejudices, and such. Note: Our education position paper proposes that multi-cultural classes be taught much earlier in the education process (significant multi-cultural classes are currently primarily taught at a collegiate level). We think introducing this much earlier makes sense, common sense, given how diverse America’s population is and how this would help promote so much more understanding and camaraderie. Note 2: At the same Research Fair, I interviewed a woman who did a display on abortion. She is an advocate for much more adoption in regard to crisis pregnancy, as she is an advocate for a stepped up approach in regard to changing the societal factors (poverty, broken homes, abuse…) that sometimes leads to abortion. To be pro-life, she said, one must be: “pro-people” in general. Our administration would agree.