Meet the MOSAIC Honorees: Johanna van Wijk Bos

Our annual MOSAIC Awards are scheduled for Thursday, May 22. Before the big day, you will have the opportunity to “meet” each of our honorees right here on our blog. Check back every Wednesday to learn how each one of these international Americans contributes to his or her profession and our community.


Dr. Johanna van Wijk BosDr. Johanna van Wijk Bos – The Netherlands

Dr. Johanna van Wijk Bos is an exceptional scholar, teacher, feminist activist and advocate of social justice in the Louisville community, as well as nationally and internationally. She is the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament, a specialist in Biblical and Feminist Studies. She is also the former Director and now Faculty Liaison of the Seminary’s Women’s Center, where she seeks equal rights for people whose orientation and identity do not conform to the hetero-normative standards constructed by society and church.

Bos has authored numerous scholarly writings, including nine books and many articles and book reviews. She has worked extensively with groups of women who have experienced discrimination and disenfranchisement; she has taught and facilitated groups in Brazil, France and here in Louisville. Her work in the community has focused on ensuring equality and dignity for women in all communities, including those who suffer from gender-based violence, race prejudice, and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Bos has advocated for the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people within the Presbyterian church. She has also worked to support the abolishment of capital punishment and radical change in the current U.S. health insurance industry.

Thank you, Dr. Bos, for your compassion and activism to ensure dignity and equality for everyone in our community!

Providing programs and services for International Americans has been a part of the JFCS mission since its founding in 1908. By recognizing the honorees who have succeeded in various fields, we underscore the importance that International Americans have made in our community and recognize and spotlight the crucial role that newcomers play in creating a vibrant community. JFCS, through its Multicultural Services, provides the skills and tools for International Americans to build a new life through their work, education, and integration into the community.

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