Christina Repoley ’02 Will Speak at Commencement 2014
Christina Repoley ’02, founding executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service, will be the invited speaker for commencement exercises May 17.
The speakers at commencement will also include President Kent Chabotar, who will step down June 30, and graduating students, who will be selected by the graduating class in the spring.
Christina and other dedicated Friends in 2012 launched the first Quaker Voluntary Service house in Atlanta. Houses in Philadelphia and Portland, Ore., opened this month. There are 21 QVS volunteers, including Guilford alumni, serving across the three-city network.
Volunteers, who are young adult Quakers or those interested in exploring their spiritual lives, commit to a year of service and accept placements with organizations addressing a range of issues such as community development, education, food justice and issues of mass incarceration.
Christina earned a master of divinity degree in 2011 from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where she was a Woodruff Fellow. She served as program coordinator for a foundation serving a national network of faith-based voluntary service programs.
She started her career working for a Christian social justice magazine in Philadelphia and as a staff member of the American Friends Service Committee. One of her jobs was coordinating the Mexico Summer Project – one of AFSC’s last remaining work camps for young adults.
At Guilford, she was a religious studies and Spanish major and active participant in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program.
A lifelong Quaker, she grew up in the Charlotte Friends Meeting and is a member of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. Her brother, Willie ’00, and sister-in-law, Sarai Rightmyer Repoley ’99, both attended Guilford.
Christina was recommended as invited speaker to the president by the Convocation & Celebrations Committee, based on work by a task group of students in the Class of 2014, faculty, staff and alumni.
She will be among the presenters at a Quaker Educational Symposium in November presented by Friends Center, the Office of Alumni Relations and New Garden Friends School.