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The Rev. Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), returned to Liberty University on April 16 to speak at convocation. He was introduced by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., as "one of the most influential Hispanic Christians in North America."
Rodriguez's first visit to Liberty was in 2008, when Liberty originally forged its partnership with the NHCLC. Since that time the NHCLC has partnered with Liberty University Online and Liberty University Online Academy, endorsing both schools for evangelical Latinos seeking biblically based online education from grade 3 to the doctoral level.
“The online partnership was a natural fit for us because it takes students from their drug-saturated, gang-saturated school environments to the confines and the safety of their own domestic setting,” Rodriguez said prior to convocation.
“Across the board there is a crisis in urban and ethnic communities as it pertains to education,” he said. As a result, NHCLC chose not to establish partnerships with secular universities, but to look for institutions that share its biblical worldview.
“Here you have the nation’s largest ethnic group … a wonderful community committed to a biblical worldview and committed to Christ,” Rodriguez said. “Why not connect with the world’s largest Christian university? It’s a natural thing. That’s what drove us.”
Click here to learn more about Liberty University’s partnership with the NHCLC.