WCSC - Washington Community Scholars' Center

Faculty

Kimberly Schmidt
Department Chair and Professor

Kimberly D. Schmidt is professor of history and director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Binghamton University in 1995. Publications include the volume, “Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History,” from The Johns Hopkins University Press. Kimberly divides her scholarly interests between the history of social movements in the U.S. and Amish and Mennonite women’s social and religious history. She is particularly interested in accessing the histories of social movements and poor people’s experiences through various visual and performing arts media. She has lived in the Washington area since 1989 and has two children.

Staff

Kelsey Anderson
Assoc Dir of Program Admin

Kelsey Anderson is a 2008 graduate of EMU, majoring in Spanish and minoring in English. After her senior Spring semester in DC, she stayed in the city for 2 years before moving to South Korea to teach English. After her time in Korea, Kelsey obtained her Master’s Degree at American University(‘13) in DC, writing her thesis on the influence of Mennonite identity on EMU’s Cross-Cultural programs. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural learning from a faith-based perspective.

Erica Grasse
Assist Director Communications

Erica Grasse graduated from Goshen College with degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. Her interest in communications grew out of the desire to promote interdisciplinary critical thinking. Working with youth and the Mennonite church, Erica has developed passions for strategic storytelling and community building. She has lived in DC since 2013.

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