Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, M.Div.

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Director, Leadership Formation

Through her position, Melissa coordinates and facilitates Social Concerns Seminars, academically focused one-credit courses that contain experiential learning components for addressing a variety of social concern topics for the 21st century. These courses being both experiential and academic, Melissa works closely with faculty, students, staff, and community partners in collaborative work for both personal and social impact. Additionally, Melissa is currently working alongside center staff to design a future Center for Social Concerns cohort program that will create intentional learning space around social concerns topics and responsive theories, skill-set building, and community engagement for social impact.

Prior to this position, Melissa was the assistant director for Service and Community Partnership in the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership at the University of Portland managing community partnerships, a summer intern program, The Ashoka Project: a social entrepreneurial experience for social impact, and supporting student leaders in a variety of leadership roles including immersion experiences. 

Melissa completed her MA in Theology and received her M.Div from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Her master's thesis examined the role of feminist liberation theology as praxis within the context of apartheid-area South Africa. Melissa earned her BA in Political Science and Youth Ministry from Gordon College and her interests include gender, race, and economic study, rust belt towns and their history and future, social entrepreneurship as a hopeful bridge to sustainable communities, community organizing and development, and the roles of innovation and student development in the 21st century.

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Upcoming Events

October 2020

Acoutsticafé | Justice in the World
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Postgraduate Service: JVC Northwest Information Session
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

November 2020

Higgins Labor Film Club: On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ 10
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Labor Café Goes Virtual! November First Friday
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Higgins Labor Film Club: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 1)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 2)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

December 2020

Labor Café Goes Virtual! December First Friday
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm