Carolyn Stauffer teaches in the Applied Social Science and Biomedicine programs at Eastern Mennonite University. Dr. Stauffer lived and worked in southern Africa for 16 years and the Middle East for 17 years. She holds a doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she was a development specialist focusing on gender-based violence, capacity building, and gender-sensitive humanitarian interventions. She is a founding member of the Soweto-based Emthonjeni HIV/AIDS program that spawned a health clinic, home-based care services, several income generation projects, a feeding scheme and support groups for community members infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. While in Johannesburg Stauffer also worked at a Rape Crisis Support Center and facilitated regional workshops in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Uganda.
Stauffer currently teaches courses in EMU’s Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, and over the past four years has conducted trainings in Kenya, Fiji, Japan, as well as across the U.S. Stauffer chaired the university’s Humanitarian Action task force and was a member of the local chapter of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development initiative. She served on the local board of the Valley AIDS Network, and through funding from Virginia’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) has provided cultural competency training for the region’s Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART). Stauffer’s research interests include intimate partner violence, and enhancing social capital and resilience through a strengths-based approach.