Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, M.Div.

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132 Geddes Hall
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

September 2021

Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

October 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Refugees
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person Only)
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
What to do with my Ph.D.? Community Engagement Career Paths
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
The Social
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Information Session | Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30pm
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

November 2021

Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Higgins Labor CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm