I write with great pleasure to announce that Melissa Wood Bartholomew, MDiv ’15, will join HDS as the School’s new Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) on July 6, 2020.
During her last year in the School’s master of divinity program, she co-founded the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative, a group of HDS students committed to, “racial justice and healing by means of cross-disciplinary dialogue, scholarship, and training designed to address personal and systemic racism through strategies rooted in love.”
Melissa continued this work from 2018-2020 as the School’s racial justice fellow and as an instructor in ministry.
Melissa also serves as part-time faculty at Boston College where she teaches a course in diversity in the School of Social Work and a course in restorative justice in the School of Law.
As a Christ-centered minister and racial justice and healing practitioner, Melissa facilitates workshops utilizing her framework, Healers of the Wound: Healing Racism from the Inside Out, a multidisciplinary and multifaith approach to equipping people for the work of eradicating racism, reconnecting across cultures, and rewriting the American story.