New Leader for Religious Life, Diversity Efforts

Posted: July 31, 2007
Updated: Oct. 16, 2007, MHC Celebrates Rev. Moore's Installation

Gladys Moore recently joined the Mount Holyoke community as the new dean of religious and spiritual life and director of diversity and inclusion. In these two half-time positions, Moore will provide leadership to the College's religious community and oversee efforts to build and maintain a campus environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and free of discrimination.

Moore comes to Mount Holyoke from the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she has been a pastor for 22 years. For the past 16 years, she has served as assistant to the bishop, where her pastoral and mission duties have included supporting the 16 pastors and congregations of the Hudson Mission Cluster and acting as coordinator of congregation-based community organizing for the synod.

Moore, who went to an all-girls high school, was particularly drawn to Mount Holyoke and the Five College area. "The idea of being part of a college where women are educated and shaped had a lot of appeal," she said. "The notion of building community is vital to any campus, and my main goal early on is to meet as many people as I can--students, faculty, staff--and be a visible presence on campus in classes, dorms, and dining halls, so I can get a real sense of the Mount Holyoke spirit through the lens of as many people as I can."

Moore has served as chaplain, preacher, retreat resource person, and Bible study leader at several local, regional, and international events. She is the president of the Jubilee Interfaith Organization, one of the founding partners of the New Jersey Regional Coalition.

As dean of religious and spiritual life, Moore will support the work of the College's chaplains and religious advisers and help articulate the humanistic values and ethical concerns of the larger College community.

"I'm delighted that Gladys Moore will be guiding and leading Eliot House and carrying forward its exceptional commitment to multifaith engagement, and I'm very happy that she can also serve as director of diversity and inclusion," said Lee Bowie, dean of the college. "She was, remarkably, the first choice of every single person on the search committee--composed of faculty, students, staff, and administration--and will be well placed to connect broadly both within and beyond the campus. I look to her to find ways to connect our perspectives and to help us locate, identify, and question meaning in what we do and what we aspire to do."

Moore hopes to heighten the visibility of programs offered through the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and integrate spirituality more fully into students' lives.

In her capacity as director of diversity and inclusion, Moore will work with students, staff, and faculty to develop plans and implement goals to help build a more diverse community and promote an understanding of social justice.

"I am confident that Gladys Moore will be a vital presence and strong contributor to our campus," President Joanne V. Creighton said. "She has a breadth of experience and a lifetime commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, which will serve her well in this role. "

"One aspect of coming to Mount Holyoke that I'm most enthusiastic about is being able to work with a diverse group of people, whether of faith or conscience, and expanding my own horizons in terms of the incredible gifts of the human family," Moore said. "I'm eager to become part of the Mount Holyoke family and excited to meet new colleagues and students and begin a new adventure."

Related Link:

MHC Religious & Spiritual Life

Diversity & Inclusiveness at MHC