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HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council
The Harvard Divinity School Alumni/Alumnae Council (AAC) exists to promote a mutually beneficial relationship between Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and its alumni, and between the HDS alumni community and the larger Harvard alumni community.
—HDS AAC Charter
The AAC works with alumni volunteers and School leadership to create community among HDS alumni, build bridges between HDS alumni and the HDS campus, and to connect Divinity School alumni to the University-wide Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The AAC also serves as an advisory board to the School, as needed by the Dean or other members of the HDS faculty and administration.
The AAC's Mission
The AAC's mission is to connect graduates with each other, with the Divinity School, and with the larger Harvard community to enhance the lives of its members and support them in their ongoing search for meaning, mission, and value.
To these ends, the AAC shall strive:
• To be models for present and future alumni in their pursuit of justice, compassionate leadership, and service;
• To recognize alumni for excellence in their achievement and contributions toward these ends;
• To create and participate in the Harvard Alumni Association and other appropriate forums for the exchange and expression of alumni views and insights; and
• To be available to the HDS administration in matters of student recruitment and admissions, alumni giving and development, and such other matters as to which the Dean or Dean's designees seek its advice.
The Chairperson shall serve as the convener of the AAC and the chief representative of the HDS alumni community.
—HDS AAC Charter
Dr. Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS '94, is the chairperson of the AAC for the 2013-14 year. Whitcavitch-Davoy is an applied development contextual psychologist who studies the relationship of social class variables to the human life span. Her research focuses on career and social mobility among low-income individuals, and examines personal, as well as ecological, contexts such as family, faith group, workplace, community, and educational settings that facilitate and/or constrain developmental trajectories. Currently, Dr. DeVoy is studying the ways in which poor and working-class individuals develop dual class-based psychological identities in order to transition to elevated career and economic success levels while maintaining healthy emotional well-being and relationship connections to sources of social or personal support and faith community.
Dr. Whitcavitch-DeVoy teaches, supervises, and mentors graduate and undergraduate students in several programs, including The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, where she has helped to prepare students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds and traditionally underrepresented populations to pursue and attain graduate degrees and to enter careers in research and academia. She is co-author of several articles on social class mobility, career development, and work-based psychology. She is a faculty member in the Counseling Developmental and Educational Psychology Department of the Lynch School at Boston College.
Membership on the AAC is open to all HDS alumni. A call for nominations will be annually sent to the alumni community when open seats are identified. Below are the AAC members for 2013-14.
• Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS '94 (Newton, Mass.)
• Sarah Taylor Peck MDiv ’07 (Memphis, Tenn.)
Terms ending on June 30, 2014:
• S. Joshua Thomas, MTS '02 (Maplewood, NJ)
Terms ending on June 30, 2015:
• Philip F. Atkins-Pattenson, MDiv '77 (Oakland, Calif.)
• M. Geron Gadd, MTS '01, JD '04 (Montgomery, Ala.)
• W. Andrew Gantt, MTS '90, (Baltimore, Md.)
• Katerina Lucas, MTS '09 (New York, N.Y.)
Terms ending on June 30, 2016:
• Peter K. Anagnostos, MTS '86 (Shaker Heights, OH)
• Christopher J. Hanson, MDiv '10 (Milwaukee, Wis.)
• Shenila Khoja-Moolji, MTS '10 (New York, N.Y.)
• Margaret R. Rose, MDiv '79 (New York, N.Y.)
• To be named
School-Appointed Directors to the HAA
Ex-officio members of the AAC
• D. Douglas Shipman, MTS '01, MPP '01 (Atlanta, Ga.), serving an HAA term through June 30, 2014
• Gloria E. White-Hammond, MDiv '97 (Dorchester, Mass.), serving an HAA term through June 30, 2016
Elected Director on the HAA Board
Ex-officio member of the AAC
Brian Melendez, AB '86, JD '90, MTS '91 (Minneapolis, Minn.), serving an HAA term through June 30, 2015
Michael E. Goetz, associate director of development, annual giving, and alumni relations; ex-officio member of the AAC
The chairperson and membership of the AAC are pleased to invite distinguished members of the alumni community to be in conversation with the entire HDS community and that of Harvard University. Chairperson Whitcavitch-DeVoy will explore how an HDS education influences one's notions and lived experience of leadership, service, and giving via a series of conversations entitled "Divinity Dialogues." See the HDS Public Events Calendar for details.