Goshen College has named Gilberto Pérez dean of students. He has served as senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships through Goshen College’s Center for Intercultural and International Education and has been a member of the college’s President’s Council since 2014. Pérez was previously employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in northeast Indiana. There he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally-recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants. 

Pérez earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University, as well as a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from EMU. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

He will replace Launa Leftwich, who recently accepted a new position with the Boys and Girls Club in Goshen. Leftwich served Goshen College in a variety of roles within student life for 22 years.

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