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Restorative justice programs in schools need to build slowly and address campus climate issues, says professor Kathy Evans in The Atlantic

Restorative justice within schools can’t exist in a vacuum, says Kathy Evans, an assistant professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in a Dec. 29, 2015 article in The Atlantic. Schools also have to address the campus climate issues that contribute to student behavior, she says. The article, titled “ ...More

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Retiring professor Don Clymer reflects on the power of vulnerability when students say to each other “You are Beloved of God”

In this blog post, Professor Don Clymer reflects on leading, witnessing and participating in a simple practice in the classroom, and the “wonderful gift of love” that students share through their own transformation and reflection. In the required Senior Seminar, whic ...More

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Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choices

“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He had no money for transportation to seek help from social services. ...More

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Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in Harrisonburg

As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barn ...More

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Author Todd Wynward shares a wild way of discipleship, more ‘earth-honoring, empire-resisting, despair-erasing’

Wilderness lovers, sustainability advocates, farmers, writers, educators and seminarians – Todd Wynward’s message, shared during a series of events from Oct. 1-7 at Eastern Mennonite University, will appeal to anyone striving to live intentionally, lightly and joyfully on this earth. Wynward, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, is author of ...More

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Eastern Mennonite University welcomes twelve new faculty members for 2015-2016 academic year

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty to the ranks for the 2015-16 academic year. The new faculty, announced by Fred Kniss, provost; Michael King, vice president and seminary dean; Deirdre Sme ...More

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Alumni couple shares the love that goes around and comes around with new Fortress of Hope family in Nicaragua

In October, Mitchell and Lauren Yoder left everything they knew for Managua, Nicaragua and the children’s home called Forteleza de Esperanza [Fortress of Hope]. What caused these two Eastern Mennonite University alumni to make such a move, leaving behind full-time teaching jobs in Harrisonburg, Virginia? The couple was inspired ...More

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Oakland school district youths are transformed by restorative justice practices

The two “Frontier Luncheon” speakers at Session II of the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) did not offer a speech to their audience of 170 people from 29 countries. Instead Fania E. Davis and Cameron Simmons showed a short documentary film, encouraged dining table conversation about it, and invited questions. The film featured a youn ...More

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Ten EMU graduates earn Cords of Distinction for contributions to campus and community

Ten graduating seniors were honored as Cords of Distinction recipients in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2015 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were c ...More

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Music teacher uses music-mixing technology to engage young DJs in STEM learning

Before classes begin at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg each morning, beeps, beats and bass can be heard from Perry Shank’s music room. His students are learning the art of sound engineering with the help of music-mixing technology and scientific toys. Shank [EMU BA ’99 in music] teaches his classes and the school’s DJ club how to make electronic music by layering ...More