Marylhurst: Inspiring Change Since 1893

Inspiring change in matters of social justice

A Marylhurst University education is rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition: values of social justice, ethical leadership and service.

Here are just a few examples of how we at Marylhurst, and our alumni, are embracing these values and inspiring change in Oregon and beyond.

Music therapy degree student volunteering at a hospital

Marylhurst music therapy student Whitney McCann and program director Laura Beer make weekly visits to the young patients in OHSU’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Marylhurst art professor Derek Franklin partners with local organizations to give voice to marginalized constituencies through art.

Daniel Nguyen, Class of 2014, Marylhurst University

In an opinion piece for the Portland Tribune, Marylhurst alum Daniel Nguyen ’14 urges business owners to do the right thing – operate more efficiently and conserve energy, as he has done at Bambuza – and support the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

Marylhurst alum Cynthia Stoddard ’09 was recently featured on Forum on World Class IT, talking about IT trends including the state of women in technology and Adobe’s involvement in the Girls Who Code program.

Joe Ballard working with veterans, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst student Joe Ballard accompanied WWII veterans traveling to Washington, D.C. with Journey of Heroes in Oct. 2017, documenting the veterans’ stories.

Mary Andrus, Marylhurst University

Dr. Mary Andrus, director of Marylhurst’s art therapy program, will lead a Cascadia Training workshop on sociocultural constructs, privilege and bias on Oct. 27, 2017 in Oregon City.

Roe Polczynski, Class of 2009. Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Roe Polczynski ’09 co-authored Changing Your Equation, a book designed to help individuals reimagine and achieve their life goals.

Think college is beyond your reach? You’ll think differently after hearing Tim Briscoe’s inspiring story.

Mary Thompson, English, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst English student Mary Thompson was the commencement speaker for the 2017 graduating class of Humanity in Perspective. Read an excerpt from her inspiring speech.

Serena Dietrich, Class of 2011, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Serena Dietrich ’11, MBA in Sustainable Business, was recently named to the Brewers’ Association Sustainability Committee.

Nancy Hiss - Faculty - Marylhurst

Marylhurst interior design professor Nancy Hiss is providing affordable housing to a Portland family in the accessible dwelling unit her parents once occupied.

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Melissa Fisher ’12 was promoted to Kauai program director for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii in March 2017.

Marylhurst M.Div. alum Mary Haley ’16 takes on the role of chaplain at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

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