Ruth Cortes de Jesus
Title/Dept: Associate Dean of the Intercultural Resource Center, Intercultural Advancement
Campus Box 2448
Intercultural Resource Center
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
Phone: (717) 337 - 6472
M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001
BA Franklin and Marshall College, 1997
As Associate Dean of Intercultural Advancement, Ruth de Jesus guides students in planning and achieving their academic and co-curricular goals beyond their first year at the College. She also partners with the Admissions offices to facilitate student enrollment and persistence activities, and regularly collaborates with academic departments, professional offices, and student organizations on campus programming initiatives. Her expertise and work has led to her nominations to serve on the President’s Diversity Commission and the College Life Division’s work group for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to her tenure at Gettysburg College, Ruth worked in a variety of fields that reflect her diverse talents and commitment to social justice issues. She has served as a Parent Educator/Family Advocate with Even Start Family Literacy Program in Worland, Wyoming, where she provided in-home educational programming and advocacy for Spanish-speaking migrant families. She later shifted her focus from adult learning to college access. As the Advisor for the Southern Utah University Educational Talent Search Program through the federal TRIO Programs, she mentored first-generation, low-income students in rural middle and high schools in Utah and Arizona, and was responsible for recruiting, retaining, advising, mentoring, and program planning. While in Utah, Ruth also served as Licensed Minister at the multidenominational United Church of Kanab-Fredonia, where she fostered interdenominational collaboration and facilitated the formation of a shared trust of the church property. In 2005, she relocated to Pennsylvania with her family and served as Director of the YWCA of Lancaster Residence Program.
Ruth earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College. She is married to a decorated Army Veteran who is an ordained minister. They are the parents of three clever, caring and funny children. Ruth loves to hike, weight train, read, and bake. She pictures herself between the red rock cliffs and under the big sky of the desert southwest often.