The Orientation Team works with the Dean of Student Affairs to acclimate students to the Union community. If you have any questions or concerns as you prepare for the upcoming school year, the Orientation Team is here to help!
Monique Fortuné is a native New Yorker and second year Master of Divinity student. Monique’s concentration is Psychology and Religion. She continues to focus on advocating for those impacted by health disparities. Monique is the co-chair of Family caucus. She is a film and music enthusiast, poet and fitness adventurer.
Jess Miller is a second year Master of Divinity student from Seattle, Washington. They are concentrating in Social Ethics with an interest to develop queer theologies and holistic approaches to queer healing in community. Jess is the 2nd year MDiv class representative and co-chair of TGNC caucus. Jess loves dancing, being in nature, and cooking tasty vegan meals.
Jane(t) Okang is from West Africa-Ghana. She recently completed the M.A. and STM. program at Union, with a concentration in New Testament Studies. Jane is also an educator who brings hope to African children and helps as a part-time professor of New Testament in non-denominational colleges in West Africa (Ghana), to train students who wish to go into pastoral ministry and missions. She is now the Student Life Assistant of the International Students at Union. Jane loves playing with children and being in Nature.
Rachel Beaver is a second year MA student from Austin, Texas. Her focus is in Bible and she has an interest in gender and sexuality in Early Christianity. Rachel is an editor for the student newspaper, The Heretic, and passionate about reaching across theological boundaries through journalism and scholarship. In addition to her studies Rachel is a foodie who loves dogs, weightlifting, and Riverside Park.
Bill Crawford is a Union alum (MDiv and STM); he also holds an MSW. His doctoral thesis (DMin) is “When Religion Prompts Violence,” written in the aftermath of 9/11. He has served as a University Chaplain, parish minister and presently is UTS Dean of Students. He’s a news junkie, loves bicycling, good chocolate, Springsteen, NPR and New York.