Hispanic Theological Initiative.

Creating and Nurturing a Community of Latina and Latino Scholars.
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    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    • Graduate Academic Merit Scholarships. These scholarships range from 35 to 85 percent of first year tuition and are offered to incoming graduate students. Recipients for the scholarships are nominated by the area faculty in consultation with the Office of Financial Assistance and the dean of the Theological School. To retain the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time and shall display meritorious progress toward the degree.
    • Named Merit Scholarships. Several full-tuition (with stipend at the discretion of the dean) scholarships are given to entering students of the Graduate Division of Religion. Recipients for the scholarships are nominated by the area faculty in consultation with the Office of Financial Assistance and the dean of the Theological School. To retain the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time and shall display meritorious progress toward the degree.
    • Dean's Awards. Several merit awards of 85 percent of tuition are provided to entering students, selected by the dean for academic excellence. To retain the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time and shall display meritorious progress toward the degree.
    • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey Award (AICUNJ). This award provides a 50 percent scholarship to all full-time employees of the member institutions of this state-wide association of colleges. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the required certification form.
    • Teaching Assistantships, in the traditional sense, are limited at Drew. The College of Liberal Arts has always prided itself on its small student-faculty ratio, and the need for student instructors is, therefore, not acute. The Theological School does make provisions for a few teaching and research fellowships in each area of study. Those selected for these fellowships assist professors in the Theological School, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, or College of Liberal Arts and serve as scholar apprentices. Fellows are compensated modestly, and the honor of their selection is included in their papers and credentials.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Elias Ortega-Aponte
    Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Hispanic Institute of Theology (HIT) works primarily to provide opportunities for the development of Latina/o theological and religious studies and to give visibility to this work. HIT is also interested in helping to develop a network of Latinas/os involved in the field of religious studies and theology.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Electronic Resources at Drew University Library includes access to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, the Oxford Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures and a variety of Caribbean-American Studies papers under Ethnic NewsWatch.

    Other Resources 

    • La Casa Latina-Latino Heritage Theme House-aspires to instill the significance of the Latino heritage into the Drew Community. Its members strive toward broadening the education of and securing knowledge about the Latino culture and community within and around Drew University. The ambition of house members is to raise awareness about issues concerning Latinos through programming, which serves as a means of strengthening the presence and importance of diversity at this institution.
    • The Hispanic Caucus is a gathering of students and faculty from both the Theological and Graduate schools and is instrumental in recruiting and supporting the growing number of Hispanic students. Special chapel services, festive meals, and lectures are among its activities.
    • Ariel is the Latino Student Organization at Drew University. It is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of Latino cultures and promoting diversity by Latinos themselves and non-Latinos alike. It strives to serve the Drew community by hosting educational and cultural events.

    Former HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars

    Daniel F. Flores
    President, Sociedad Wesleyana (Hispanic Wesleyan Society)
    Adjunct Instructor, Perkins Youth School of Theology
    Pastor, La Trinidad United Methodist Church
    2002-2003 Dissertation Year Fellow

     Alberto Hernández
    Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
    Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty
    Illif School of Theology
    2000-2001 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Nora Lozano-Díaz
    Associate Professor of Theological Studies
    Co-Director of the Latina Leadership Institute
    Baptist University of the Americas
    1997-1998 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Hugo Magallanes
    Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture
    Perkins School of Theology
    1997-1998 Doctoral, 1998-1999 Comprehensive Exams Year, and 2001-2002  Dissertation Year Fellow
     
     Peter Anthony Mena
    2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
     2012-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar
      
     Matilde Kathleen Moros
    2007-2008 Doctoral, 2008-2009 Doctoral Renewal, and 2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
     
    Elaine Padilla
    Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology and Director of Assessment
    New York Theological Seminary
    2005-2006 Doctoral, 2006-2007 Doctoral Renewal, 2007-2008 Comprehensive Exams Year, 2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellow
     
     Erica Ramirez
    2011-2012 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2012-2013 Second Year Doctoral Scholar
    2013-2014 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
     
     Ricardo Ramos-Díaz
    Pastor
    United Methodist Church of Linden
    2001-2002 Doctoral, and 2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
     
    Eliezer Reyes
    2008-2009 Doctoral, and 2009-2010 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
     
    Mayra Rivera Rivera
    Assistant Professor of Theology and Latino/a Studies
    Harvard Divinity School
    2001-2002 Doctoral, 2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal, 2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams Year, and 2004-2005 Dissertation Year Fellow
     
    Louis Benjamin Rolsky
    2011-2012 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
     
    Benjamín Valentín
    Professor of Theology and Culture
    Director of the Orlando E. Costas Lectureship in Latino/a Theology
    Andover Newton Theological School
    1999-2000 Dissertation Year Fellow
    2002 Book Prize Winner

    Contact Information

    The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Drew University is:

    Name: Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
    Title: Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
    Telephone: 973-408-3305
    Email:
    eortega@drew.edu