Dean of Student Engagement
Dr. Rowe was recently appointed Dean of Student Engagement and Associate Professor of History and Peace Studies at Gordon College. Prior to this, he spent the past ten years on the faculty of St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, culminating in the role of Academic Dean (and sometime Interim President).
He is an historian of Atlantic cultural history whose teaching and research interests include identity formation and how communities use the past to form their identities and how this fuels intergroup conflict. He also has more than twenty years consulting with communities about cross-racial and cross-ethnic reconciliation and pastoral counseling for reconciling communities in the US and South Africa. His international experiences in higher education have convinced Dr. Rowe that this is a strategic point in world history and that communities the world over are in need of leaders who are lively in imagination, protective of the dignity of persons, relentless in pursuit of the common good and attentive in spirit.
He is married to Sheila Wise Rowe, a professional therapist. They have two children in college. He is an ardent follower of the Arsenal Football Club, has a soft spot for both Star Trek and Star Wars, fishing, reading, and poetry.
Yicaury Melo Jimenez
Director of Multicultural Initiatives and the Clarendon Scholars Program
Yicaury Melo graduated from Gordon with a BA in Communications Arts. As a Clarendon Scholar, she was an active member of the Gordon community by serving in multiple leadership roles in student clubs and ministries, including ALANA and World Focus. Upon graduation, she returned to her home city of Lawrence, MA and worked with various community engagement organizations. Yicaury’s passion is to provide learning and enrichment opportunities to inner-city youth. She worked with the YWCA to cultivate middle school girls into strong confident young ladies through career exploration, nurturing a strong self-esteem and the arts. She returned to Gordon in the fall of 2013 as the Multicultural Admissions Counselor and then joined Student Life as the Multicultural Student Service Coordinator in the fall of 2014. Since then, she has worked to develop and implement the Multicultural Initiatives Office Ambassadors program and foster a welcoming and inviting multicultural community at Gordon.
Ingrid Orellana Rivera
International Student Office Manager
Ingrid came to Gordon College as an international student from El Salvador. She graduated in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. While a student, Ingrid served as the Student Director of the International Student Organization (ISO) in which she had the chance to help develop and create ISO events as well as help lead the International Student Orientation.
Before becoming a Gordon staff member, Ingrid worked at Compassion International as a translator and event coordinator and was a member of Habitat for Humanity and the International Global Citizen Initiative back in her country. She is energetic, enthusiastic and brings a creative approach to our programming for international students. Ingrid now serves as the central resource for undergraduate international students (including visa and patriot students), she develops and facilities services in collaboration and partnership with campus departments, including residence life, counseling center, student development, and global education. and is trained in basic SEVIS regulations and procedures.