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Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Wednesday, September 12, the Canisius community joined together for the Mass of the Holy Spirit hosted by Campus Ministry. The annual celebration brings the campus community together to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation, and to invite the Holy Spirit into our midst as the school year begins.

Rev. Thomas Slon, SJ, rector of the Jesuit community, served as the principal celebrant of Mass.

To view the full photo gallery from Wednesday’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, click here.


Ice Cream Social

Here’s the scoop! The Canisius Fund team hosted an ice cream social to recognize and thank the more than 300 faculty and staff members who participated in the 2017-18 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. So many incredible things happen at Canisius because of the generosity of our faculty and staff – thank you!


Submitted by: College Communications

Immersion East Side

The Immersion East Side (IES) Program provides members of the Canisius community with the opportunity to critically examine how the college can be an effective partner in pursuing justice for the East Side.

“The East Side is a part of the city that has been stagnated by economic disinvestment, political disenfranchisement, and racialized poverty,” said Devonya Havis, PhD, associate professor of philosophy.  Havis and Michael Gent, PhD, emeritus professor of management, started IES in 2012.  Melissa Mosko, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, joined the IES faculty team in 2015.

IES cultivates a well-educated solidarity with the college’s East Side community partners. Seminars engage participants experientially, intellectually and emotionally through a combination of site visits and listening sessions with leadership and members of the East Side community. Participants are also introduced to the cultural, religious and artistic movements operating as forms of resistance and resilience in the face of their communities’ challenges.

In turn, the seminars engage religious, cultural and grassroots institutions on the East Side to gain insight into the way they make sense of community conditions, respond to the specific forms of economic injustice affecting their communities, and promote political action to remedy these conditions.

IES is open to all members of the college community. Join us for these upcoming events:

On September 21 – 23, the IES Program co-hosts the first Prison Abolition Western New York (PAWNY) conference in the college’s Montante Cultural Center —“Connecting the Struggles:  Abolition and Transformative Justice.” The event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21 and concludes at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. Other sponsors include the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition and Buffalo Save the Kids.  For more information, and to register online, click here.

Later in the fall, the Immersion East Side faculty seminar will conduct three discussion sessions on—Race, Criminal Justice/Policing/Carceral State, and Education—as these topics pertain to Buffalo’s East Side.  All interested faculty should contact Mike Gent ( or Devonya Havis ( for further details.

Click here to watch a video highlighting IES.

Pictured below are photos from last month’s IES seminar completed by eight faculty and staff members.

Submitted by Drs. Devonya Havis and Michael Gent, Immersion East Side


Back on Campus

The Division of Institutional Advancement (IA) is back on the main campus after several years working out of office space in Agassiz Circle.  The team is now housed in the George Martin House, located at 15 Eastwood, and invites the campus community to check out its new digs.

Plan to join the team for an Open House on Thursday, September 20 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Come meet members of the IA staff, learn more about the work they do and tour the recently renovated George Martin House.

Hope you can stop by to say hello!

Submitted by: Angela Butler, advancement coordinator, Institutional Advancement


You’re Invited to Book Club

Plan to join the School of Education and Human Services for an engaging book club conversation about the 2018 book Discrimination in Elite Public Schools; Investigating Buffalo, by Gary Orfield and Jennifer B. Ayscue, Eds., published by Teachers College Press.

Sponsored by the School of Education and Human Services and The Center for Urban Education (CUE), Dean Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, has graciously agreed to purchase copies of the book for interested participants.

If you are interested, please RSVP to Fernanda Astiz, PhD, professor of teacher education, at or Lorrei DiCamillo, EdD, at, by today, September 14 so an accurate number of books can be ordered.

The plan is to have two discussion sessions in November, on a Friday afternoon to accommodate participants’ schedules. Tentative dates are November 16 and/or November 30. Those interested are welcome to attend one or both discussion sessions. (Treats will be served!) A follow-up panel discussion with key Buffalo district leaders and community members will be organized in the spring 2019 semester.

Submitted by: Teacher Education

Free Tickets Available for WNY Refugee Film Festival

The Office of Mission & Identity has three free tickets available to “We Are In It,” the opening film in the WNY Refugee Film Festival. The event takes place tonight, September 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the TriMain Building on Main Street. For more information, please contact Sarah Signorino, or x2424 if you are interested. Tickets are first come first serve. More tickets will be available throughout the year to other films that are a part the festival.

Journey’s End Refugee Services opens the WNY Refugee Film Festival with the Buffalo premiere of “We Are In It,” which chronicles the unforgettable journeys of five Houston residents, undocumented migrants and refugees and their attempt to find refuge in this American metropolis. By combining tales of deportation with everyday setbacks and acts of resilience, it identifies what lies beneath the surface of migrant and refugee realities and the need to seek out political and economic security. Filmed over a period of two years, “We Are In It” documents their personal archives – poetry and paintings of Baghdad, film clips of the Burmese diaspora, songs in Swahili – and their efforts to re-envisage a home amidst experiences of war, hardship and alienation. This film traces their daily experiences and reveals the subtleties of despair, hope and irony in a polarized political climate regarding global migration and the militarization of borders.

Learn more about the festival here.

Learn more about Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity