Goshen professor earns Indiana’s highest civil rights award

Jan 18, 2016 by

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GOSHEN, Ind. — Regina Shands Stoltzfus, assistant professor of peace, justice and conflict studies at Goshen College, has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the State of Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Shands Stoltzfus

Shands Stoltzfus

The award is the ICRC’s highest honor and was created to recognize Hoosiers who, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, have devoted their personal and professional efforts to creating social justice in Indiana.

Shands Stoltzfus was honored Jan. 14 at the Indiana Statehouse and is being honored again at Goshen College during MLK Day celebrations Jan. 18.

“I am grateful for the affirmation of work that I have long felt called to,” she said. “I am even more grateful, however, for the many mentors and co-laborers I have in my friends, colleagues, family members and, of course, my students. We are in this together; no one does it alone.”

Shands Stoltzfus teaches courses in race, class and ethnic relations, personal violence and healing, peacemaking, women and gender studies, biblical studies and transforming conflict and violence. She began teaching at Goshen College in 2002.

She attended Goshen College and is a doctoral candidate in theology, ethics and contemporary culture at Chicago Theological Seminary.

She previously served as an associate pastor at Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland, Ohio, as campus pastor at Goshen, as minister of urban ministries with Mennonite Mission Network, as staff associate for urban peacemaking with Mennonite Conciliation Service and as director of admissions at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.

She is a co-founder of the Damascus Road antiracism education program, now called Roots of Justice Anti-Oppression program, and regularly leads antiracism workshops. She serves on the steering committee for the Women in Leadership Project with Mennonite Church USA.

She co-authored the 2001 Herald Press book Set Free: A Journey Toward Solidarity Against Racism.

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