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Dr. Elías Ortega

Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago
Dr. Ortega is an interdisciplinary scholar committed to building organizational systems in which people, especially those underrepresented in our society, can thrive. He uses the lenses of religious ethics, spirituality, and theological reflection to foster change in higher education, non-profit organizations, and religious institutions. Dr. Ortega led cultural and institutional changes at the Unitarian Universalist Association through a three-year assessment of the barriers that maintain racial exclusion practices and inequality in the organization, resulting in recommendations for equitable practices and policies. He has also provided strategic planning and program support to community organizations, including the New Jersey Parent Caucus, a mental health and juvenile justice advocacy group, the Sila Maria Calderon Foundation, and the Drew Freedom School Initiative, a social justice program that provides non-violence resistance and community organizing. Currently, Dr. Ortega serves as the president of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  

Dr. Ortega’s work in change management and academic work is grounded in his teaching and research in Religious Ethics, Africana Studies, and Latinx Cultural Studies. He received his PhD and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA in Communications Arts & Sciences and Philosophy and Religion from Calvin College.

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Friday, June 18

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