Marvin Bartel has shaped a ceramics program that has cultivated a long list of potters, artists and teachers around the world.
The assembly of some 8,000 Anabaptists at the Mennonite World Conference this summer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Pope Francis’s visit to the United States in September, inspired in me an extraordinary hope for the church. I was reminded of the preeminent calling we have as a Christian Anabaptist liberal arts college: to produce graduates who are evermore Christ-like in their character and truly global in their outlook.
This issue of the Bulletin really celebrates the legacies of Goshen College alumni, whether they are alumni awardees, potters, attendees of this year’s Homecoming Weekend or parents of current students.
Intercultural learning – the focus of the spring/summer 2015 issue – is “like a dance” as we leave our comfortable groups and interact with “the other.”
In 2014, Gilberto Perez Jr. took on a new role in the college’s Center for Intercultural and International Education after two years as an associate professor of social work. He comes to this campus leadership role with a passion for bringing diverse people together and increasing trust and relationships between local law enforcement officials, neighborhood associations, Goshen College and the Latino community.
Karen Zorn ’84 was changed by her Goshen College experience. Now she wants to use music to change the world. As president of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, she’s been busy realigning the college to better fit its mission, which is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world through a revolutionary music model called El Sistema.
At the age of 12, Edgar Saucedo-Davila ’11 hated school. Today, he is the first person to graduate from both a Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning undergraduate cohort and the Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership program at Goshen College.
Dominique Chew ’15 reflects on the importance of honoring and respecting each other’s identities, experiences and stories as a path toward justice.
Zach Zimmerman ’16 celebrates the diversity he has experienced at Goshen, but asks the college to do more to create space for unheard voices.
Dona Park ’17 reflects on the role of hospitality in intercultural learning.