CIIE Staff: Lead By Example
We’re not just a lot of talk. We practice what we preach. And we’re open to listening, too. Our staff bring unique perspectives and gifts to the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE). Staff members oversee our key components of research and curriculum development. The access to education component is tended to by an inter-departmental team of academic leaders.
Gilberto Perez Jr.
Senior Director of Intercultural Development & Educational Partnerships
Phone: (574) 535-7434
Mr. Gilberto Pérez Jr., for the last two years has served as Associate Professor of Social Work at Goshen College. He joined the Center for Intercultural and International Education team in June 2014. Prior to coming to Goshen College, Gilberto was employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northeast Indiana. Here he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants that addresses access to mental health services, increased knowledge of mental health, and increased sense of belonging for Latinos in their respective communities. The curriculum has been implemented in 13 cities in Indiana and is available in 14 states across the United States.
Gilberto obtained his undergraduate social work degree from Eastern Mennonite University, VA, a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite, and a Master of Social Work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, PR. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. His social work experiences include hospice social work, emergency social services 911, and community mental health. Gilberto lives in Goshen, IN with his wife, three children.
Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch
Director of Curriculum, Teaching and Faculty Development
Phone: (574) 535-7504
Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch is originally from Oklahoma, but has lived in Indiana since 1984. Before coming to Goshen, he was on the faculty of the Liberal Arts and Management Program at Indiana University and served the Kelley School of Business at I.U. as a full-time instructional consultant and faculty developer. He began his college teaching career in 1987 as a Spanish instructor and has been in the classroom at various levels ever since. He has taught many different subjects to college students, including Spanish, Economics and Folklore, but is most at home teaching interdisciplinary social science courses to first-year college students.
Dr. Peterson-Veatch has been involved in college pedagogy initiatives since 1992 and served on the program committee for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has also been directly engaged in high school reform efforts in the state of Indiana since 2003. He is currently a National Facilitator for School Reform Initiative, Inc. and from 2003-2008 worked with the National School Reform Faculty and the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning on large-scale structural reform projects in urban school districts in Cleveland and Indianapolis.
Dr. Peterson-Veatch’s academic background is in Spanish language and Colonial Latin American Literature, and he serves Goshen College as Associate Academic Dean. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Anita Stalter
Phone: (574) 535-7503
Dr. Stalter became vice president for academic affairs and academic dean in 2001 following 14 years as a professor in the education department and director of teacher education at Goshen College. Before coming to Goshen College she was a teacher in the Harrisonburg, Va., public school system and served as director of the school for youth and adolescents at Oaklawn Hospital in Goshen.
Multicultural Outreach Community Liaison
Phone: (574) 535-7808
Diaz was born in Mexico and joined CIIE’s staff in February 2008. She is married and has two daughters, both recent Goshen College graduates.
In addition to her job as Multicultural Outreach Community Liaison at CIIE, Diaz is earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in Organizational Leadership as a student of the Professional Degree Programs of Goshen College.
Born in South Bend,IN, DaVonne joined the CIIE team in 2013 after serving in the Goshen College Student Life Department for 2 years as a Resident Director/Director of Campus Activities. She brings her passion for helping students succeed and vast experience of both working with students of color and involvement in diversity education/training to her new role. Her focus is on diverse student leadership development and diversity programming via creating, integrating and partnering across campus departments to support students of color in personal, spiritual and social development with special focus on their academic enrichment and student success. She has previously sat on several diversity committees, served as an Education Advisor at Ivy Tech Community College, and ran various mentoring and tutoring programs. Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel College (Mishawaka).