Rebekah Kimble

Program Coordinator

Education

  • M.A., University at Buffalo (2017)
  • B.A., Houghton College (2015)

Courses Taught 

  • American History Survey
  • Governing the City

Professional Memberships/Associations 

  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Theta Kappa

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Program Coordinator
    Houghton College Buffalo at Hope House – Houghton, NY (2018-present)
  • Credential of Readiness
    Harvard Business School (2015)
  • Community Organizer
    Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement – Buffalo, NY
  • B.O.U.N.C.E. Award Recipient
    Peaceprints of Western New York (2015)
  • Best graduate paper
    Phi Alpha Theta Western New York Regional Conference (2017)
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipient (2013)
  • Named to the Phi Theta Kappa All New York Academic Team (2013)
  • Student Government Association Award for Community Service recipient
    Schenectady County Community College (2013)

Why I Teach at Houghton   

  • I had the privilege of attending Houghton College from 2013 to 2015. As a student, I recognized that one of the wonderful things about Houghton was that the professors’ relationships with their students extended beyond the classroom. I was blessed to spend time with and learn from my professors in more informal contexts. I have many fond memories of professors inviting us into their homes to eat home-cooked meals or watch a movie. Now I’m thankful to have the opportunity to invest in a new group of Houghton College students just as my professors invested in me. One of the books that has inspired me in my current role as the program coordinator at Houghton College Buffalo Hope House is Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. In it, Stevenson explains his belief that no person is their worst mistake—and that everyone is deserving of grace and forgiveness. Our job at Houghton College Buffalo Hope House isn’t merely to educate students—it’s to show them that they have intrinsic value as people made in the image of God. In the words of Stevenson, our job is to show our students that they aren’t their worst mistake.

Research Interests

  • United States Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Mass incarceration
  • Education and recidivism

Publications/Conferences

  •  “Reducing Recidivism One Degree at a Time.” Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, and Mission Conference. 2018.
  • “Gender and the First World War: Male Bonding and Masculine Ideas among American Doughboys.” Phi Alpha Theta Western New York Regional Conference. 2017.

Other Interests/Hobbies/Enjoyments

  • Baking/cooking
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Running – I ran my first half-marathon in May of this year.

 

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