Publishing veteran Terumi Echols named the next president of the 75-year-old evangelical book publisher. Terumi Echols has been named the new president and publisher of InterVarsity Press, bringing decades of experience in evangelical publishing as she becomes the first person of color to lead IVP and its first woman president in over 35 years. Echols—who is multiethnic, African American and Japanese American—succeeds former publisher Jeff Crosby. Crosby recently became president and chief executive officer of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), the trade association of Christian publishing. Following the announcement on Monday, IVP colleagues applauded her passion and entrepreneurial spirit….

In good news this week: New Zealand welcomes its most diverse parliament and violent crime drops in the United States – plus more positive headlines.

Leaders have a unique role to play in creating the environments where diversity can be a benefit rather than a cause for division. Every day, the world gets a little more connected. In 2010, about 1.9 billion people were using the internet; just 6 years later that number grew by 60% to 3.2 billion (itu.int). Despite the efforts from various governments to regulate or censor information shared across the internet, our knowledge of other cultural contexts continues to increase. Along with internet growth, cell phones use is multiplying rapidly. Astonishingly, according to Global Giving, more people in the world have…