Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, M.Div.

Leadership Formation Director
Office Phone: 
574-631-3356
Office Address: 
166 Geddes Hall

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.