Roland earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and has served as Professor of Economics at Calvin College since 1983, where he is also director of the International Development Studies program. He lived for seven years in various countries of Central America and from 1986 to 1989 was the founding director of the Latin American Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Roland has also led Calvin College semester programs in Ghana and Honduras and has completed research on civil society, non-governmental organization (NGO) partnerships, and business development in roughly 10 developing countries. He is very interested in helping make Grand Rapids a city where everyone, especially immigrants and refugees can find a home.
Places he’s felt welcomed: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Ghana.