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About Laura Rediehs

I teach philosophy and peace studies at St. Lawrence University, and play flutes.

QLHE: Freedom from Racism

The fifth event in our Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series was held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The theme was:

Freeing Higher Education from Systemic Racism: Cultivating healthy environments to learn and teach 

Which kinds of STEM training programs and mentorship experiences are more likely to result in historically excluded students persisting in academic career pathways? How might retention be helped by certain institutional policies and a climate that provides kindness cues that affirm social inclusion?


  • Mica Estrada, Associate Professor in Social and Behavioral Science and Institutes for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco; Director, Civic Light Projects


  • Walter Hjelt Sullivan, Director of Quaker Affairs, Haverford College

Here is a link to the presentation and other related materials.

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QLHE: New Vision for Quaker Higher Education

The fourth event in our Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series was held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT. The theme was:

Reconsidering Quaker Higher Education: A New Vision for a New Time 

Education has two roles that exist in a creative tension with each other: one role is to perpetuate the culture, and the other role is to stand in critical reflection on the culture. Quaker values stand in a similar creative tension in relation to the dominant structures of mainstream higher education. In this session, the presenters will share some thoughts on how Quaker thought and practice might help transform higher education and our wider society so that we, collectively, might better address the issues of social, racial, environmental, and economic justice facing our world today.


  • Gray Cox, Professor in Philosophy, Peace Studies and Language Learning at College of the Atlantic and Clerk of the Quaker Institute for the Future 
  • Stephen Potthoff, Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Peace Studies at Wilmington College of Ohio 
  • Laura Rediehs, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of Peace Studies at St. Lawrence University 


  • Donn Weinholtz, Prof. Emeritus Educational Leadership, University of Hartford 

A link to the presentation and further information about this event can be found here.

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Epistle 2020

We had our annual membership meeting on August 1, 2020, and here is our epistle:

Dear Friends,

On this fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Friends Association for Higher Education, we send our greetings, our gratitude and our well-wishes to all of you who have continued to support our organization in the midst of profound upheaval and transition in our global society caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite having to postpone this year’s conference at Earlham College to 2021, FAHE remains a strong and vital organization dedicated to serving the needs of our individual members and institutions. FAHE is a precious and unique organization whose participants have experienced the mutually transformative potential of Friends education and seek to find ever-new ways, in the words of FAHE co-founder T. Canby Jones, to speak to and honor the Inward Teacher in every student who comes our way.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Kimberly Haas, our coordinator in Philadelphia, whose administrative skill, invaluable expertise, creativity and hard work have assured the continued flourishing and growth of FAHE over the past eight years. Sadly, FAHE’s Executive Committee, in their role as financial stewards of the organization, reached the very difficult decision this past spring to eliminate Kimberly’s position, and Kimberly’s last day was June 30 of this year. Though many of us have expressed, in word and gift, our gratitude to Kimberly and our sadness at her parting, we also have realized that one crucial way we can honor her contributions to FAHE is by making sure we continue to support the programs and publications that Kimberly initiated and maintained over the past eight years.

Toward this end, Laura Rediehs has kindly offered to take over the vital work of maintaining and updating FAHE’s website, including publication and dissemination of FAHE’s newsletter. Laura has also invited FAHE Executive Committee members to participate in a visioning process facilitated by Gray Cox, a process that promises to help us all define where we hope to go as an organization in the coming years. David Harvey, in his role as FAHE’s present Treasurer, has taken on greater oversight of FAHE’s finances, including the collection of dues and donations. Paul Anderson continues to serve as general editor of FAHE’s Quakers in the Disciplines series, working together with Lonnie Valentine as editor of the upcoming seventh volume on Quakers and peacemaking. Special thanks go to Donn Weinholtz’s son Phil, whose company publishes the Quakers in the Disciplines volumes free of charge. Paul Moke and Gary Farlow will continue as co-editors of Quaker Higher Education, for which they are always seeking contributions. The prodigious energy and organizational acumen David Ross has offered us as co-clerk of the Membership and Advancement Committee in these last several months of transition have been indispensable. Walter Sullivan, working together as part of a logistics team with David Ross, has not only arranged for archival storage at Haverford College of FAHE’s paper records and documents from Kimberly’s office at Friends Center, but also has created and facilitated, along with David Ross, FAHE’s new Quaker Leadings in Higher Education monthly video series.

Through the dedication and hard work of these individuals and others, FAHE will continue to be able to offer a wonderful variety of fine programming and publications, and we look forward to next summer, when we can once again come together in person at Earlham College for our annual meeting. Though we are grateful to be able to see one another virtually, there is no substitute for meeting face to face. In the absence of our gathering this year, we were not able to collect dues as we normally would, and FAHE would certainly appreciate it if any who are able could renew their memberships for the coming year, and consider an additional donation if so moved. We also, of course, enthusiastically welcome any contribution of time, energy, or creativity folks might have to offer, including especially spreading the word about FAHE and inviting new members into our Friendly fold.

In these times of uncertainty and dynamic change, we hope you all are safe, healthy, and well.

In Peace and Deepest Gratitude,

Stephen Potthoff and Donn Weinholtz
FAHE Co-Clerks

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QLHE: Belonging and Emotional Safety

The third event in our Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT. The theme was:

Belonging and Emotional Safety: Affective Learning Strategies for First Generation Success

Creating a learning environment for first generation and sometimes marginalized students can be helped by using affective learning activities. How faculty show up in the classroom and the atmosphere they create for learning will have an impact on these students. Through participatory activities, we will experience the possibilities for transforming our classrooms both face to face and online.

Presenter: Diego Navarro,
     Emeritus Professor, Cabrillo College
     Founder and Principal Investigator, Academy for College Excellence
     Senior Fellow, WGU Labs, affiliated with Western Governors University

Moderator: Traci Hjelt Sullivan,
     Interim Director, Pendle Hill

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Quaker Leadings in Higher Education: Second Discussion

The second event in our Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 7:00 pm EDT.

The theme was “Human, Equitable, Flexible: Teaching Principles in Times of Uncertainty.”

The panelists were:

Alison Cook-Sather, Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education, Bryn Mawr College; Director, Peace, Conflict and Social Justice concentration; Director, Teaching and Learning Institute, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

Maria Ocando Finol, Educational Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College

Richard Freedman, Professor of Music, Haverford College; John C. Whitehead Professor of Humanities; Associate Provost for Curricular Development

The moderator was David R. Ross, Associate Professor of Economics, Bryn Mawr College; Convener, Advancement and Membership Committee, Friends Association of Higher Education.

Here is a link to the video recording.

Here is a link to the Google Resource Document.

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