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Siena Center

Priory Campus
Dominican University
7200 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305


Siena Center Staff

Rachel Hart Winter, PhD, Director


Rachel is an ethical theologian who brings a wealth of experience in scholarly research, higher education administration and teaching, and pastoral ministry to the work of the Siena Center. She graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience, earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at Loyola University Chicago, and recently completed her doctoral dissertation: Just Water: A Catholic and Feminist Response to the Commodification of Water. Her theological interests lay at the intersection of ecology and theology, drawing from the Bible, Catholic social teaching, ecotheology and feminist theory. During her years at Loyola, Rachel also worked in both University Ministry and at the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. Previously, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in the Marshall Islands and as associate director and operations manager at Jesuit Volunteers International. In addition to directing the Siena Center, Rachel serves on the Board of the Foundation for Adult Catechetical Teaching Aids and is a Member of Alpha Sigma Nu: the Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. She is married to Patrick Winter, and has two sons, Joseph and Thomas, and one daughter, Catherine. Hart Winter published a book with a team of scholars from around the world on an interdisciplinary textbook that integrates ecology, ethics, and spirituality called Healing Earth through the International Jesuit Ecology Project.

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