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Much pain, one big gain, from being an African American student at EMU in 1962-63

One foggy morning in late summer of 1962, a 17-year-old native of Washington D.C. arrived on the campus of what was then Eastern Mennonite College not knowing a soul. Grandison Hills’ parents had told him it was a clean school with no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no TV, but with lots of fresh air and great food. “I was already accepted to Howard University right here in D.C.,” ...More

Dr. Joy Jordan Lake

Author to Speak on Racial Tension, Reconciliation – CANCELED

UPDATE: Due to a family emergency, the presentation with Joy Jordan-Lake has been canceled. It may be re-scheduled for a later date. The language and literature department at Eastern Mennonite University is sponsoring a presentation on race relations by award-winning author Joy Jordan-Lake. ...More

Forum Held on Race Relations Meeting at the Table

When David Works traced his family roots back to Thomas Jefferson, he learned that some of his relatives were descendants of slaves. Works, who is white, learned that he has black cousins, and he wanted to meet them. That sent him and his family on a years-long journey of mending race relations. ...More

EMU Historian to Speak on Educator

Samuel L. Horst Samuel L. Horst, professor emeritus of history, has been invited to speak on his research of a white educator who taught blacks in Lynchburg, Va., following the Civil War as part of the John D. Owen, Jr. Lynchburg H ...More

Racial/Ethnic Education Programs Face Funding Challenge

GOSHEN, IND. (MEA) — There is good news and bad news in racial/ethnic education for Mennonite Church USA, according to Mennonite Education Agency (MEA). Carlos Romero, executive director of this churchwide ministry, says, "The church’s commitment to racial/ethnic educ ...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

EMU Enjoys Record Fall Enrollment

Even though EMU graduated a record 406 students last spring, enrollment has kept pace and is up this fall. The record total enrollment of 1,513 students – undergraduate, seminary and graduate – compares to 1,436 last fall, according to the university registrar’s office. Total undergraduate enrollment numbers 933 students, compared to 922 a year ago. Of that total ...More