Meet Beth Blissman, Ph.D.

A western Pennsylvania native, Beth currently lives in both NE Ohio and New York City and serves as a representative to the United Nations for the Loretto Community. She brings over 20 years of experience as a practitioner-scholar in community-engaged teaching and learning in higher education to this work, as well as a deep interest in permaculture, spirituality and shifting worldviews.  Beth is a former director of both the Bonner Center for Service & Learning at Oberlin College and the University of Denver’s Service Learning Program. She has developed models for student leadership, created community service work-study programs, and supported a variety of faculty and curriculum development processes related to community-campus engagement.  As a systems thinker, she’s curious about how to build connections, increase resilience and design better solutions that empower learning and creative thinking.