Anabaptist World: ‘Drawing on Jesuit and Anabaptist values, EMU’s first DEI director seeks to break down barriers’

Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán, executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion, offers a first-person perspective of why she was drawn to Eastern Mennonite University in the September education-themed issue of Anabaptist World magazine.

She begins with:

Dr. Jacqueline Font-Guzmán.

On a wall in my childhood home in Puerto Rico hung a framed quote by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. Today the same quote is pinned on the bulletin board in my office at Eastern Mennonite University:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and — behold! — service was joy.

This quote embodies a guiding principle for me: I am called to serve others by including all voices and speaking truth to power.

This Christian imperative shapes my role at EMU as executive director for diversity, equity and inclusion — the first person to hold this new position.

I am passionate about advancing DEI at EMU because of its potential to break down barriers so that people can be their authentic selves and celebrate their shared humanity.

Read the article.


Font-Guzmán will speak at Convocation in Lehman Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10:10 a.m. All Convocation events are livestreamed on the EMU Facebook page; recordings will also be available after the event. You do not need a Facebook account to view the livestream.


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