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 haven’t had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gülen, but everything I have heard is just incredibly positive. The times that I have been able to read what he said, and people who have relayed back information from him, I find that both intellectually and stimulating as a human being.”

“I don’t think Hizmet is too good to be true. I think it’s true, at least what I’ve seen, and I find it very, very, both fascinating and gratifying, and I’m appreciative of the efforts that go into it, and I’m not looking to find a fault with it. Sure, we’re all humans, and we have faults, but I’m appreciative of what it brings to people who are struggling with hope, and struggling with their own relationships with other people, and finding some, through Hizmet, finding some ways to have that happen better, whether it’s through education or social services, or other ways for that positive and good stuff.”

“One of the things I’ve liked about Hizmet is that it strives to, and channels, ways to have that kind of goodness realized and unleashed. The presumptions about Hizmet, as far as I can tell, are not that we’re going to come into a room and beat up on each other, but that we’re going to sit down with each other and we’re going to have some exchange, and we’re going to have conversations, and we’re going to come away from there with a deeper, better understanding.”