Juanita Hall, Thrivent Fellow
This past year, Juanita Hall, Ed.D., Assistant to the President for Diversity and Senior Director of Multicultural and International Programs, was CLU's Thrivent Fellow, having been selected for the leadership enrichment experience by interim President Howard Wennes. Since the program's inception in 2002-03, five others from CLU have had the privilege of being Thrivent Fellows – Provost Leanne Neilson, multimedia professor Tim Hengst, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Joan Griffin, religion/history professor Guy Erwin and President Chris Kimball.
During the yearlong leadership program, participants are required to choose and develop a specific learning project, execute their plan, and present a final report to their colleagues in the program. Having little knowledge of the area of development, Hall chose to learn about advancement by creating an endowed scholarship for CLU's African American students from Ventura County who have demonstrated leadership potential.
Noting that the learning process is ongoing and that achieving her project's goal will take some time, Hall was unprepared for the response to her final report. The 11 co-Thrivent Fellows chose Hall's project as one of three distinguished projects and, without her knowledge, collected $822 for the scholarship fund.
The Thrivent Fellows Program is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Council for College and University Presidents, in partnership with the Vocation and Education Unit of the ELCA, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Board of University Education, and the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America. The program was conceived and created to identify and equip qualified candidates for leadership positions in Lutheran colleges, universities, seminaries and organizations.