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:
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.
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.