Alumni Citations

Thursday October 18, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Swift Hall Common Room

The 2018 Alumni Citations will be awarded on October 18th, 2018, at a 6 pm reception directly following the John S. Nuveen lecture at 4:30 pm, delivered by Wu Hung, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History. The inaugural awards are being given to Rev. Sandhya Jha, MDiv'05, MPP'05, and Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens, MDiv'03.

Selected by the Divinity School Alumni Council after a process of nomination, the Alumni Citations honors alumni for their accomplishments and service. The Alumni Citations seek to be responsive to timely events in a person’s life, such as the publication of a new work, taking on an important role in public work, or special service in areas such as volunteering, teaching, or mentoring.

You may read more about both of the inaugural recipients in the profiles below.

Sandhya Jha

Sandhya Jha











Sandhya Jha is the Director of the Oakland Peace Center as well as Director of Interfaith Programs for the East Bay Housing Organizations and the author of multiple works, most recently Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Communities. She will be awarded the alumni citation for her commitment to intellectual curiosity and excellence, interdisciplinary research and teaching, and living in service to her community. 

Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens











Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens served as Dean of Students in the Divinity School from 2005 to 2018; last year she was elected the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), making her the first woman of color to lead a mainline Protestant denomination. She will be awarded the alumni citation for her exceptional service as minister, leading her previous congregation through a number of justice-oriented initiatives, and to mark the significant leadership role she has recently undertaken.