Dr. Samuel Henry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. His research interests include organizational leadership and politics, culture contact and diversity, and international education. He earned a doctorate in urban education from Columbia University Teachers College. He chaired the Oregon Commission on Children and Families from 2003 to 2009. And, in 2010, he was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Education by Governor Kitzhaber; in June, 2013 he was appointed chair.

“I think, also, part of education is framing up some of the questions and the discussions that go on, and I’ve found a lot of thoughtful people in Hizmet, and thinking about Hizmet, and thinking about the ways that people interact with each other. Probably the dialogs have just really, really struck me as ways that people who come from very, very different backgrounds sit down with each other and talk about things, and so that, to me, is tied into the whole piece of what Hizmet is about, what Islam is about, from my eyes.”

“I believe that we are all connected to each other and with each other, and one of the things I really enjoy about Hizmet is that opportunity to participate, not just in dialog, but in actually doing things. So I’m a big, big, big supporter of, I guess what we would call social service, services that are provided, with the willingness to help people who aren’t as fortunate. I met some of the businessmen in Turkey who are just so … They don’t just make the money, they do make money, but they don’t just make the money, they turn it back into their community, and they turn it back into the communities of strangers.”