EMU Homepage

Mennonite Central Committee

Subscribe to the EMU News feed
Alumni Awards Grace Praseyto FEATURE-1

Working with the urban poor, Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo earns 2016 Outstanding Young Alum recognition

Why would Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo ’10, Eastern Mennonite University Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016, choose to live, indefinitely, half a world away from her family of origin, in a slum community built on a city trash pile? “I think my parents are mostly to blame,” Prasetyo says, laughing. Prasetyo, was born in Honduras to Luke ’82 and ...More

burkhart feature

Mental health advocates and Gould Farm community members Wayne and Donna Burkhart earn Distinguished Service Award

Wayne ’67 and Donna Beachy ’69 Burkhart were both just days out of graduate school when the couple spotted a Mennonite Weekly Review ad for a “Gardens and Grounds Work Leader.” Wayne’s advisor at Michigan State University told him it looked like a “dead-end job.” Wayne still applied. Thirty-two years later, both he and Donna continue to find their work at ...More

doctrine

Workshop, chapel and exhibit on ‘Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery’ highlight colonialism and its effects on indigenous peoples

The traveling history exhibit “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” is currently open at Eastern Mennonite University’s Campus Center through March 2. The discovery doctrine is a “philosophical and legal framework dating to the 15th century” that supports the way in which colonial powers claimed land belonging to indigenous peoples, according to exhibit coordinators. In the U ...More

Syria_web

Trio of graduate students with ties to Syria offer personal perspectives on the lives of refugees and Mideast violence

Sharing photos, stories, poetry and prayer, three graduate students with Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding have joined together to offer personal perspectives on the Syrian refugee crisis. Ahmed Tarik, Jordan Detwiler-Michelson and Myriam Aziz have presented at Park View and Shalom Mennonite churches in Harrisonburg ...More

Professor David Brubaker will

Longtime peacebuilding and organizational development professor is named next director of EMU’s MBA program

In 1982, soon after he’d finished his undergraduate degree, David Brubaker and his wife Mert moved to Recife, Brazil, for a voluntary service term with Mennonite Central Committee. As assistant country director, Brubaker found himself “learning on the fly” how to manage people, programs and mone ...More

RJ Group Web

Restorative justice experts join in Zehr Institute’s 3-year project to map the future of the field

A three-year project to envision and map a positive future for restorative justice began in mid-2015 with a five-day meeting of 36 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We sought to bring together a cross-section of restorative ...More

Krista Rigalo_web

CJP alumna and Peace Corps veteran Krista Rigalo leads Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” global education initiative

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama, with her daughters and mother, visited London to announce a new partnership between the US and British governments to support girls’ education and empowerment. That’s not the only partnership the White House has lately touted. In early March, the president and first lady launched “Let G ...More

victor dogos_news

Victor Dogos, Chadian pastor, has dedicated his life to interfaith goodwill

Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrol ...More

Local cross-cultural

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

CSP cover image-Edit_news

In Lancaster, ‘Concrete Steel & Paint’ film showing and panel to prompt discussion of restorative justice practices

The 2009 documentary “Concrete Steel & Paint,” a film produced and directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, chronicles the discussions, dialogue, conflict and art of men and women – victims and offenders alike – involved in the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program at ...More