University Accord


Jane Ellen Reid

Jane Ellen Reid obtained her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Vermont, her Masters in Educational Psychology and Human development from Northern Arizona University, and has completed all coursework and comprehensive exams for NOVA Southeastern University’s doctoral program in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR). During graduate school, she spent a year co-teaching organizational leadership courses with Dr. David Brubaker in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Before coming to EMU, Jane Ellen served as the Ombudsman at Central Arizona College (CAC), where she gave leadership to the development of the CAC ombudsman office. At EMU, Jane Ellen has taught Introduction to Conflict Transformation and Mediation, a practice course for students interested in peace studies and healthy communication. Since 2007, she has directed University Accord, in 2013, she became the University Ombudsman, and in 2014 launched Team Accord, a program designed to offer mentored practice opportunities for undergrad and grad interested in alternative dispute resolution. Jane Ellen’s research interests include engaging difficult conversations with clarity and grace, conflict coaching, supervisor-supervisee relationships, preparing for job performance evaluation, and job coaching
-related hobbies include gardening, jewelry design, fiber arts, and creating art from found objects.

Jon Swartz
RJ Coordinator

Jonathan Swartz obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2014) and a Masters in Conflict Transformation (MACT) degree from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (2014). During seminary and graduate school studies at EMU, Jonathan served as a Campus Ministries Intern and as Restorative Justice Facilitator/Assistant Resident Director in Residence Life. Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2011, Jonathan spent 10 years in the construction industry, primarily building new homes in Northern Indiana.

Since 2014, Jonathan has served as EMU’s Restorative Justice Coordinator with primary focus on student support and accountability. In 2014 he spent a year researching the student conduct response system at EMU, which resulted in the writing of the report: Student Conduct and Restorative Justice Assessment. He has also served as the Assistant Director of University Accord since fall 2015. In addition, Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor in the Bible and Religion Department at EMU, and has also guest lectured/presented in graduate and undergraduate courses in Restorative Justice.

Jonathan’s research and reading interests include theology and race/whiteness, restorative justice practice and theory – including/especially RJ and race, healing and reconciliation, and contemporary justice/peace movements.

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