Melissa Wood Bartholomew, JD, MDiv, MSW, is a part-time faculty member and doctoral candidate at the Boston College School of Social Work. Melissa serves as a Racial Justice Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and is an instructor in ministry at HDS. She is also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School where she co-facilitates a course she co-designed, Restorative Justice: Transforming the Law from Within.
Melissa is a racial justice and healing practitioner whose multidisciplinary approach to teaching and healing justice is rooted in the African philosophy of Ubuntu, restorative justice and the ethic of love. Her research interests include the impact of racism, incarceration and other systems of oppression on the mental health of black people and the role of spirituality in their resilience. She is committed to eradicating racism and healing from its effects through multidisciplinary strategies, an approach which emerges from her experiences as a public interest lawyer, mediator, minister and social worker.
Bartholomew, M. (2019). Racial justice and healing through love: Lessons from my ancestors. Journal of Interreligious Studies, Issue 27
Bartholomew, M. W., Harris, A. N., & Maglalang, D. D. (2018). A call to healing: Black Lives Matter movement as a framework in addressing the health and wellness of Black women. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4(2), 85-100.
Takeuchi, D. T., Dearing, T. C., Bartholomew, M. W., & McRoy, R. G. (2018). Equality and equity: Expanding opportunities to remedy disadvantage. Generations, 42(2), 13-19.
Bartholomew, M. (2017). Lessons in dignity & divinity. Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spring/Summer
Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship, Boston College School of Social Work
Racial Justice Fellow, Harvard Divinity School
Advisory Group Member, Racial Reconciliation & Healing Project, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
Advisory Committee Member, Community Health Network Area 17