The Eunice C. Jackson & Ella P. Mitchell Chair
Emma Jordan-Simpson '88
Trustee, Associate Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NYC
The Eunice C. Jackson & Ella P. Mitchell Chair is named for the first two African-American women to graduate from Union. Eunice C. Jackson, the first African-American woman to graduate from Union, received a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education in 1940. She was followed by the Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, a distinguished pioneer and mentor for women in ministry and theological education, who received her Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Union in 1943.
The Chair will be held by a scholar committed to the interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of religion, race, gender, and women’s studies. The holder should have expertise in a variety of traditional theological disciplines—ethics, theology, biblical studies —as well as the broader humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on religious thought and practice.
An endowment of $3 million is required to fund this chair.
Union currently graduates nearly three times the African-American women leaders as peer seminaries, began preparing women of color for ministry more than a generation before ordination was fully open to them, is the birthplace of Black Liberation Theology, Womanist, Feminist and Mujerista Theologies, has been home to many trailblazing African-American scholars, public theologians and service leaders, and boasts over 1200 alumni/ae currently serving in churches, including some of the most influential pulpits in New York City and across the country.
Today, Union is the Seminary of choice for women of color preparing to minister to church, academy and society. Tomorrow, with your support, the distinct prophetic voices of women of color faith leaders will continue to be raised at Union—and will receive permanent, senior representation on our world-renowned Faculty.