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

May 2022

Graduate Summer Institute for Engaged Research and Teaching
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:45pm

June 2022

ND Explores STEM: Healthcare
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Information Session | RISE: Hometown
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
Preferred Application Deadline | Graduate Fellowship
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | RISE: South Bend
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

September 2022

Pathways Out of Poverty: Venture Creation and Contemporary Europe
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm