Heading: Civil Discourse Team
Lisa Perhamus, Director of Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse

Lisa M. Perhamus was the inaugural Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University and now serves as director of the center.

Dr. Perhamus is an Associate Professor in the Foundations of Education Program in the university’s College of Education & Community Innovation. Perhamus received her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum Studies from the University of Rochester, her Master’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Education from The New School for Social Research, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from William Smith College. 

Dr. Perhamus is available to answer any questions you may have about the Center for Civil Discourse. Feel free to contact Lisa via email or phone at [email protected] or (616) 331-6736.

Aubrey Dull provides administrative support to the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Aubrey received her master's degree in social work and bachelor's degree in science education from Grand Valley State University. She has a background in higher education, operations management, nonprofit program evaluation, and crisis intervention. Previously, Aubrey worked at the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity as a graduate assistant and GVSU's Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Community Research Institute as a research coordinator. She currently works in the Brooks College Dean's Office and supports the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Aubrey Dull, Civil Discourse Administrative Assistant
Justine Kibet, Administrative Support

Justine Kibet provides administrative support to the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Justine received her Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Aquinas College. She also earned her Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache from Europa Kolleg, a language institute in Kassel, Germany. She has a background in refugee and immigrant services, facilitating education in cultural awareness and LGBTQ allyship, and collaborating on a community response to domestic violence. In addition to supporting the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Justine serves as the academic coordinator for the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at GVSU.

Mariam Abdel-Moemen is the student program assistant for the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Mariam is currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Business Administration at GVSU with majors in Marketing and Finance. She is a student within the Frederick Meijer Honors College. In addition to the work she does for the Center, Mariam serves as the Marketing Associate for GVSU's Investment Portfolio Organization, a student-led group. 

Students interested in getting involved with civil discourse at Grand Valley may contact Mariam at [email protected].

Mariam Abdel-Moemen


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