Campus Consortium

Goshen College

Goshen, IN

Goshen College is an affordable, nationally-recognized, private Christian liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice. But it’s more than a college. It’s a Spirit-filled global community, a research lab, a catalyst for positive change and a home for people who seek peace—both in their own lives and in the international community.

Mission Statement: Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible Christians. As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, we seek to integrate Christian values with educational, social and professional life. As a community of faith and learning, we strive to foster personal, intellectual, spiritual and social growth in every person. We view education as a moral activity that produces servant-leaders for the church and the world.

Campus Liason: Beth Birky

Professor of English, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, and Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Beth Martin Birky has been teaching English and Women’s Studies at Goshen College since 1993.  Following graduation from Goshen College in 1983, Dr. Birky taught high school English at Christopher Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA, until 1987. She went on to receive her MA from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. For her Masters thesis, Beth edited several chapters of Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random for her thesis director, OM Brack, Jr.’s, editing work on that novel. Her dissertation, directed by Dr. Thomas Kaminski, is titled, “Penitents or Prostitutes? Narratives of Fallen Women in Eighteenth-century English Fiction.”

During her time at Goshen College, Dr. Birky has chaired the English department (2001-2006, 2008-2012) and directed the Women’s Studies (later the Women’s and Gender Studies) program (2001-2006, 2007-present). Dr. Birky has also held a variety of administrative positions: Writing Center Director (1996-2001), Summer Housing Coordinator (1998-2000), General Education director (1999-2003), Humanities division Co-Chair to Academic Affairs (2003-2006, 2009-2011), Faculty Chair (2005-2006), and Interim Associate Academic Dean (Spring 2007).

As an advocate for students and gender issues on campus, Dr. Birky has been involved with a variety of student groups, campus issues and events. Since 2014, she has served as the adviser to the Goshen Student Women’s Association (GSWA) and the Goshen Monologues. Since 2015, she has served in a new position as faculty advocate for students experiencing sexual or interpersonal violence.  In this role, she is available to talk with any student who has a concern for himself/herself/themselves or for a friend. She also collaborates with Dr. Kendra Yoder, Professor of Sociology and Social Work, on a campus Bystander Education program called PIN: Prevention Intervention Network.

Campus Liason: Kendra Yoder

Associate Professor of Social Work, and Faculty Coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Network (PIN)

Dr. Kendra Yoder teaches courses about social work, human behavior, social welfare policy, sociology, and women’s and gender studies. During summer 2017, Dr. Yoder worked with Dr. Beth Martin Birky and three GC students to write grants and curriculum, create standardized evaluations,  and develop on-campus resources for our bystander education program to address sexual assault prevention at GC.  This Maple Scholars initiative is an outreach of Dr. Yoder’s academic and professional work studying community responses and prevention efforts to  address sexual and domestic violence.  It also connects with Dr. Yoder’s faculty advisor role working with the student led Prevention Intervention Network (PIN) initiative now in its second year.