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10-Second Bio: Meet Rev. Barbara Jim-George

Title: Administrative Assistant

Department/Unit: Business Resource Center—Purple

Location: 9th Floor, Franklin Building

When I started working at UCOP: November 2000; started at UCSF in 1989

What I do for UCOP in five words or less: Authorize UCOP payment requests

The best part about working for OP: Understanding that the bigger picture for everyone here is about working to provide the children of California a quality education by continually making improvements to pre-K through terminal degree educational programs. And in that process working to assure a level playing field for all of California’s children regardless of gender, income, ethnicity, religious affiliation and/or race.

Something you don’t know about me: I’m a licensed and ordained minister. I graduated with honors last year from seminary with a Master in Divinity degree. I am currently a doctoral studies candidate at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, one of nine consortia seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. I’m researching the topic “Examining the Efficacy of Faith-Based Rite of Passage Programs in Mitigating the Risk for Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Girls, Aged 11 through 16, in Communities of Color in East Oakland, California.”

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: Founded in 1837, Alton, Illinois (the site of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas), is considered one of the most haunted cities in America.

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now), I would be: Pastor of a moderate size church that has transformational ministries for the effective spiritual growth of its members. I am also interested in effective “transformissional” programs, which focus on social, judicial, economic and educational justice for those who are marginalized, left out, overlooked and ignored by the larger community, enabling them to realize their own intrinsic value and live up the their full potential as human beings and members of our community.

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