COVID-19 Update About Programming:

Per the Center for Disease Control and Valparaiso University’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Pathways to Purpose Speaker Series has concluded for the 2019-20 and we plan to reschedule our planned speakers and resume normal operations for the fall of 2020.


All Pathways to Purpose events are FREE of charge and open to students, faculty, staff and community members!

Featuring: Jason Greer ’96, Employment and Diversity Consultant and Writer at The Good Men Project

Jason Greer, an alumni from Valparaiso University’s Social Work and Psychology Departments is the founder and President of Greer Consulting, Inc. (GCI), a Labor and Employee Relations Consulting firm. He previously served as a Board Agent with the National Labor Relations Board where he managed private sector labor relations’ issues and worked to improve the labor petition filing process. Mr. Greer has experienced incredible success as a labor relations consultant due to his unique ability to marry his background in Labor Relations, Counseling Psychology and Organizational Development.

In addition to his experience in Labor and Employees, Jason is widely known for his work in the area of racial reconciliation based upon his experiences as a victim of cross burnings and racial harassment by the Knights of Ku Klux Klan.  This story and the resulting lessons have been given new perspective in his training, Diversity and The Brain: What’s Your Story?, wherein he champions and celebrates diversity as a means of overcoming barriers to success and experiencing the best that an organization and/or community has to offer.

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Featuring: Rebecca Deng, Author of What They Meant for Evil

Rebecca Deng, of South Sudan’s Dinka tribe, is one of the 89 Lost Girls who came to the United States in 2000 as a refugee after living eight years in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. The violence she experienced as a child during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005) has given her a deep empathy for children and young adults who face similar situations today. She became a US citizen in 2006.

Today Rebecca is an international speaker and advocate for women and children who have been traumatized and victimized by war. She has spoken at the United Nations and served as a Refugee Congress delegate at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington DC. She also led a sixty-five person team of referendum workers at the 2011 Out of the Country Voting Center for the South Sudanese Independence Referendum. She worked with the American Bible Society’s Mission Trauma Healing program, formerly called She’s My Sister. Her new book, What They Meant for Evil, talking about her journey to healing, peace, and purpose is available now.

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Featuring: Jason Wynkoop ’97, Experienced Non-Profit Director and Advisor for Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Jason Wynkoop is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. Prior to transitioning to policy and funding work, Jason worked in communities to improve the lives of children and their families for nearly 20 years, serving as a clinician and in leadership roles in settings as diverse as alternative schools, community mental health, and residential programs. In his current professional role as a strategic policy advisor at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Jason works on policy and funding solutions that address the causes and consequences of violence in communities. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University (B.A.) and the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago (A.M.).

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