Roderick (Roger) Simmons

Assistant Vice President for Spiritual Development

Roger started as a full-time faculty at Judson University as the Director of Diversity and Spiritual Development in July 2021. In this role he assists faculty and academic support staff to shape an inclusive educational experience that will prepare and empower Judson graduates for life. Roger also works with the University community to develop programs, policies, and practices that promote an institutional culture of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.  He develops and/or organizes diversity, equity and inclusion training faculty and staff and offers guidance to faculty and academic support staff, particularly those from under-represented groups.  He also works with faculty on the selection and implementation of programs supporting the success of diverse student populations.  

Roger Leads the Spiritual Development efforts of Judson University.  This includes speaking regularly in chapel and assisting the University Ministries in providing spiritual guidance for the students.  

Judson University:  1994 Christian Religion and Philosophy: Biblical Studies BA

Wheaton College: 2016 Intercultural Studies MA

Roger is married to his beloved wife Jannette for over 20 years; daughter (Abigail), and son (Josiah). Live in West Dundee, IL.

Roger Simmons is the President/COO of Crossinculture, a consulting and mentoring firm. It exists to provide interactive training and coaching that seeks to create brave spaces where participants can explore and increase their cultural awareness and improve their flexibility, by identifying cultural barriers, strengthening their cultural values, and developing a sustainable action plan to enhance their Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

Also, in conjunction to providing cultural awareness training we have a mentoring component that exists to build authentic relationships with our mentees right where they are at in their life.  Our aim is to come alongside the mentees and help them navigate challenges and develop skills to achieve their own goals.  The essence of our methods is inclusive of being mentee driven. 

Our motto is “Building Character through authentic relationships.” We partner with local public and private schools in the West Suburbs of Chicago.

Since my early childhood I’ve been fascinated with exploring distinct cultures of the world and geography. During my free time I enjoy a good walk or watching sports.

  • Public Speaker/Keynotes: schools, universities, public sectors. Have served on panels in District 300 and District U-46.
  • Connected leader with extensive experience in community collaboration and people building across ministry, nonprofit and educational entities. Bilingual (English/Spanish) connector with expertise in advocacy for under resourced communities and vulnerable populations. Accomplished trainer focused on wholistic cross-cultural integration to drive strategic objectives, grow inclusive leaders, and empower diverse communities to action.