Mr. Ben Parks
Assistant Director, College Park Scholars
As Assistant Director, Ben Parks focuses on intentional community building and provides leadership for student affairs, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.
Ben serves as chair of the Scholars Launch Team, which includes Service Day, Scholars Convocation, and the Block Party. He is developing "Care in Action," a student-led, staff-supported initiative that promotes the wellbeing of all members of the Scholars community. In 2013, he created the Scholars Cup, a year-long series of community-wide events culminating in the Charity Softball Tournament, which he continues to advise. He is the primary Scholars liaison to Resident Life (assignments, student crisis and conduct, programmatic collaboration) and Residential Facilities. Ben regularly partners with campus offices and community organizations, including Leadership & Community Service Learning, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Community Engagement, and College Park Youth & Family Services. He serves as advisor to Cambridge Community Queers & Allies (CCQA). In addition, he is an experienced facilitator for EDHI 338, the Words of Engagement intergroup dialogue program (race, LGBT, gender, socioeconomic status), and has taught leadership courses on campus. Ben joined the Scholars community in 2010 as Coordinator after three years as a residence hall coordinator at the University of Iowa; he was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2012. He received his Masters in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and his Bachelors in History and Political Science summa cum laude from Wartburg College.