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Who We Are 2013

March 5, 2012

WHO WE ARE PROFILE: Dr. Robert Reyes

Dr. Robert Reyes, 45, is the research director for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning at Goshen College. In 2010 he was co-editor of the three­-volume study “Latinos in North Central Indiana: A Historical Account of Their Settlement 1990-2009.”

Before coming to Goshen College he taught for 11 years as an associate professor of human development and family science at Messiah College

How long have you lived in the

Goshen area?


Four and one half years. I moved to Goshen to help develop the research program for the Center for Intercultural Teaching & Learning at Goshen College (July 2007)

What schools did you attend?

1989 — bachelor of arts, Oral Roberts University — Tulsa, Okla.; 1992 — master of divinity (marriage and family therapy) Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.; 1995 — Ph.D. (marital and family studies) Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

What is your fondest memory

of this community?


One of my fondest memories since coming to this community has been seeing my children participate in the Goshen school orchestra program. The fact that my two daughters have been able to be part of this program since fifth grade has been a real gift.

At a time in which many of these programs are being cut across the country, it is great to see our children have the opportunity here to be introduced to the arts. It has also been great to see how the love for music has an amazing capacity to bridge cultural differences and bring people together. Ultimately, all parents want to see their children be successful and it is wonderful to see how, through music education, this is taking place in our community.

Describe what you feel is

the essence of this community


I believe that there are a lot of factors that contribute toward enhancing the quality of life in our community. However, what I think is most distinctive is that for the most part, people here in Goshen have a sincere love for this town and a deep commitment to see the community grow and develop.

This sense of determination and positive outlook toward the future is also seen in the many activities and efforts all around our community. Events like “First Fridays,” or “Wake up Goshen” as well as the many children intramural sport activities and orchestra concerts are examples of that. This past year, for instance, I had the opportunity to serve on the education committee for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and it has been remarkable to see the enthusiasm and sincere desire of business leaders to support our students and let others know about the many good things that are happening in our schools.

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