Events, Activities, and Opportunities

Justice for Migrant Families: Volunteer Visitation Training

Interested in the issues faced by immigrants? Come and get trained to visit detainees through JFMF, ask questions, and hear about student experiences.

“Do I need anything or experience?” Nope!

Tuesday, February 4th, 5:30 – 7:30 in Regis Room, Student Center, Canisius College. (2nd floor above the dining hall.)

Questions? Contact Dr. Reitsma at
Event sponsored by the Canisius Department of Modern Languages

Now Available! The Border & Migrations Teaching Toolkit!

Students and Faculty at Canisius College, together with partners in the greater community, have assembled a series of resources for teaching and learning about borders, migrations, and refugees.

These resources, in various file formats, are housed in a Google Drive folder. Download each file, or copy it to your own Google Drive.

Tony Diaz, Writer, Political Analyst, and El Librotraficante, visits Canisius College

On Wednesday, September 26th, 2019, writer and activist Tony Diaz spoke to assembled students, faculty, librarians, staff, and visitors about his work in organizing and promoting Chicano cultural studies.

Diaz is the son of immigrants from Mexico, and has published or appeared across a range of traditional and new digital media. When school officials in Arizona discontinued Chicano cultural studies programs, Diaz organized an effort to procure and supply Chicano literature to students. At Canisius, he described the challenges, rewards, and lessons of being El Librotraficante, the book smuggler.

Diaz encouraged Canisius students to study the liberal arts and humanities, value their educational opportunities, participate in efforts to promote inclusion and cultural diversity, and keep writing. Diaz’s presentation was part of the Canisius College Border & Migration Fall 2019 program.

Thanks again to Tony Diaz for sharing his insights and experiences with Canisius College students!

Richard Reitsma speaks at IBERO Puebla about Cansius Migrations and Borders Initiative

Richard Reitsma speaks at IBERO Puebla about Cansius Migrations and Borders Initiative

Recently, Professor Richard Reitsma gave two public presentations at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, in Puebla, Mexico. In “The Development of LGBTQII+ Rights in Cuba,” and “Local and Jesuit Responses to the Migration Crisis in the U.S.” Professor Reitsma discussed different contemporary justice movements in the Americas and the Caribbean. The latter talk focused particularly on the Borders and Migrations Initiative here at Canisius College.

This summer, Professor Reitsma taught a graduate course at IBERO Puebla,  “Chronicle and Testimonial Literature,” and accompanied Canisius students attending intensive language immersion programs. These activities contributed to the strong ties between our Jesuit institutions, particularly in shared efforts for justice in a global context.

Read about Prof. Reitsma’s talk at the IBERO Puebla website.

The Testimony of Joshua

Joshua, eight years old, was a panelist in the Spring 2019 Migrations and Borders Week at Canisius College. In this brief clip, he describes aspects of his parents’ lives as immigrants in the United States.

Joshua’s parents fled violence in Guatemala, but his father has since been deported back to that country. His mother also faces deportation, but is trying to stay in the United States.

Joshua is a United States citizen.

As an Ignatian community, we reflect:

“O Lord, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!
I sing of your majesty above the heavens,
with the mouths of babes and infants.”
– Psalms 8:2

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
– Matthew 19:14

But now we must act.