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Latino Student Alliance’s beautiful ‘alfombra’ is the centerpiece for a Holy Week chapel service

More than 150 members of the Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary community gathered in the campus center Wednesday for a Holy Week service around the “alfombra,” or carpet, a colorful tradition of Central America and Mexico. [See slideshow below.] The four sections of the alfombra, made of rice, flour and other materials and created by EMU’s ...More

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Four senior leaders leave behind a thriving and visible Latino Student Alliance on campus

This month saw a symbolic “passing of the torch” in the Latino Student Alliance at Eastern Mennonite University, as four comadres, their friendship forged by a common love of heritage and culture, moved out of leadership positions they have held for the past three years. The women, all seniors, are largely responsible for the visibility and resurgence of the club, known as LSA, ove ...More

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Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program graduates 13 from Kenya and East Africa

Ruth Nalyanya works at a university in Kenya where ethnic conflicts regularly spilled over into campus life. She decided to address this negative pattern by conducting training sessions about acceptance and diversity. Then she started a Peace Club, followed by a Peace Choir and a Peace Band, and she brought in a variety of speakers. Her work eventually prompted the university to change the byla ...More

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University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Week events Jan. 13-18 lift up theme of ‘Black Lives Matter’

When Celeste Thomas, student advisor for multicultural services and athletics at Eastern Mennonite University, began coordinating the campus events for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week last year, she had a clear goal: It should be a celebration. She and the planning committee focused all the events directly on lifting up Ki ...More

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Dr. Abraham Davis, first director of multi-cultural services at EMU, honored for his groundbreaking work

As befits a scholar of language and oral interpretation, Dr. Abraham Davis Jr. began a late November chapel service held in his honor at Eastern Mennonite University with a few re-written stanzas of a favorite hymn. “Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow,” he began. “And my eyes are going dim, I’ve had cataract surgery. Still He bids m ...More

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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More

EMU’s Top 10 Shares and Social Media Posts of 2014

What a year! In 2014 Eastern Mennonite University welcomed back an alum and Nobel Peace Laureate to speak at commencement, greeted its most diverse class ever, and cheered on a 2002 graduate in the World Series. Those are jus ...More

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EMU grows in depth and breadth, setting records for enrollment and diversity while adding grad programs

Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University this fall set new records, including a record-high number of students who are ethnic minorities or come from other countries. The 2014-15 figures were released by the registrar’s office on Sept. 10. A total of 1,870 students registered for class at the beginning of the fall semester – a 4.4 percent increase over last fall’s 1,789. The numb ...More

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Spring Break Y-Trips: A Labor of Love

Instead of sun, sand and surf, they will head to the inner cities or coal towns to perform a labor of love, doing so willingly and with much satisfaction. Every year for spring break, several student groups spend the nine-day period doing service projects in various locales in the states – under the Young People’s Christian Associ ...More

Students Volunteer at Food Pantry

EMU students Nathan Harder and Pancha Moreno interview in Spanish each week at Patchwork Pantry. Patchwork Pantry, an ecumenical, volunteer-run food ministry based at Community Menno ...More