Members of IAPCHE at the Internationalization Conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2013.
North America Conference

Deep Divisions Bios


 

Skot Welch, Panelist

 

Skot Welch is the Principal/Founder of Global Bridgebuilders (GBB), a firm focusing on Organizational Development, Cultural Transformation, and Inclusion. Prior ot the launch of Global Bridgebuilders in 2006, Skot served as Vice President of Business Development and Benchmarking Services for Diversity Inc. magazine in New Jersey. Skot is the author of 101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic: Creating a Diverse Community Right in Your Own Backyard; co-author of Plantation Jesus and Diversity Management as a Generic Strategic Process: When the Business Case Meets Positive Organizational Scholarship. Finally, he is the founder of The Mosaic Film Experience, a high school and college film and interactive media experience which focuses on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and career preparedness on the platform of mobile filmmaking. Skot received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and Masters in Management and International Marketing (M.M.) from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his wife Barbara reside in Michigan and have two children.

 


 

Ronald S. Kraybill, Panelist

 

Dr. Ronald S. Kraybill has been in the field of peacebuilding for nearly 40 years as a facilitator, educator, and author. He started in 1979 as founding Director of the Mennonite Conciliation Service in Akron, Pennsylvania. Kraybill served as Director of the Training at Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town from 1989-1995 and Training Advisor to the South African National Peace Accord from 1992-1995. Following this, Kraybill served as Professor in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 2007-2008 he was Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding and Diplomacy in Palestine, Israel, and Jordan, facilitating long-range planning for Quaker peace work in the Middle East. From 2009 to 2013 was Peace and Development Advisor for the United Nations in Lesotho, followed by service as Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding and Development for the United Nations in the Philippines from 2013-14. 

Kraybill is currently based in Silver Springs, Maryland, where he provides consulting and training to peace processes, primarily in Myanmar. He publishes Style Matters, a culturally flexible conflict style inventory at www.RiverhouseEpress.com and blogs at www.KraybillTable.com.  Kraybill is also author of Repairing the Breach: Ministering in Community Conflict (1981); Peace Skills: Manual for Community Mediators (2001); Cool Tools for Hot Topics: Group Tools to Facilitate Meetings When Things Are Hot (2007) and a large number of essays on conflict resolution. 

 


 

Claudia DeVries Beversluis, Panelist

 

Dr. Claudia DeVries Beversluis is Professor of Psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began her tenure at Calvin in 1990, first as a faculty member in the Psychology Department and later as dean for instruction. She became provost in 2006 and served until 2014. A native of Chicago, Beversluis received her masters in clinical psychology in 1981 and her PhD in 1983 from Loyola University. Prior to Calvin, she served as a minister of congregational life and as a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy. Her teaching and research have been in brain and behavior, identity development, gender and sexuality, adolescents and worship, and community engagement. She is a co-editor of the book Community and Connection: Service Learning and Christian Higher Education, and frequently gives lectures and workshops on higher education.

 


 

James Vanden Bosch, Moderator

 

James Vanden Bosch is Professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Calvin College in 1970 with a major in English and minor in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University in 1972 and a Master of Arts in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago School of Divinity in 1975. Prior to joining Calvin College's English department faculty in 1983, Professor Vanden Bosch taught at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

 


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