Dr. Christena Cleveland addresses the EMU Faculty and Staff during the annual Faculty/Staff conference on the theme of “Embracing Diversity.” This is the first of two sessions presented by Dr. Cleveland.
2016 Faculty Staff Conference – Purpose Statement:
The 2016 EMU fall conference seeks to cultivate community among faculty and staff by welcoming new employees and providing space to reconnect with colleagues. We seek to energize ourselves for a new academic year through worship, storytelling, plenary and breakout sessions, conversation and fellowship. This year, the conference theme is informed by Goals 3 and 4 of the 2015-2020 EMU Strategic Plan, which are to recruit, develop, and retain diverse, effective faculty and staff. Our hope is that all who attend will acquire a greater understanding of diversity and the importance of embracing diversity in our work. This conference will identify tools to help us support each other and our students in achieving success as we move toward being the distinctive Christian university we aspire to be.
Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch first met as students at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their peacebuilding careers have since intersected in higher education and in the field. Part of their work has involved providing leadership and support for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), which in 2005 brought approximately 1,500 people from across the globe together and united civil society actors and their governments in an unprecedented way. In this podcast, Lisa and Catherine discuss their entry into the academic field of peacebuilding and some of their views on the development of civil society-focused peace initiatives. We recorded this conversation in April 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University as part of an e-journal series, A Genealogy of Ideas, written by Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2016 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by Linda Alley on the theme, “Call & Dwelling for Tenuous Times.”
The returning Spring 2016 Guatemala & Cuba Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Guatemala and Cuba this semester.