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Canisius Diversity & Inclusion Statement

In September 2019, a subcommittee began meeting to develop a Canisius College Diversity & Inclusion Statement.  The subcommittee consists of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, student affairs and facilities management staff, as well as neighbors from the Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association. The guiding principles for the statement were to frame diversity and inclusion work as an integral part of our mission and identity, to communicate the importance of our urban location and being in solidarity with others, and to make a commitment to address diversity and inclusion issues at the macro and micro levels of the institution. The statement is both descriptive and aspirational. Our final draft of the statement, reflecting feedback from the senior leadership team, was presented and approved by the college Strategic Planning Committee this past February.

Canisius College Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Consistent with our Catholic Jesuit mission and identity, we stand in solidarity with and advocate for everyone of all abilities, identities, life experiences and perspectives.

As a campus located in a diverse Buffalo community, we are committed to:

  • Creating a culture of acceptance, awareness, learning, respect and understanding inside and outside of the classroom
  • Pursuing academic excellence through a curriculum of diverse ideas and vibrant interpersonal classroom experiences that challenge individuals to grow
  • Promoting a safe and welcoming experience that encourages questioning and discussion
  • Advancing equity by removing institutional barriers to success for all members of the community
  • Developing lifelong learners who contribute to an increasingly diverse and global society

I would like to thank the following subcommittee members for their thoughtful contributions and collaboration:

Stephanie Barber Geter, president, Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association

Sierra M. Bonerb, associate director, Support Services-Accessibility Support & Veterans

Paola C. Fajardo-Heyward, associate professor, Political Science/Faculty-Student Liaison, Faculty Senate

Deanna Garwol, student, Campus Ministry Intern

Susan C. Gruttadauria, administrative associate, Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Core

Donald Hamilton, staff, Facilities Management

Mylan Hawkins, student, ULLC

Abby Hughes, student, USA President

Jabril Moore, graduate student, HESA

Lizzy Nankumba, student, ULLC

Rodrigo Ortiz, student, Executive Board LASAF

Brian Smith, director, International Students & Study Abroad

Malini C. Suchak, associate professor, ABEC

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts on the statement, I welcome your feedback. Please email me at

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

Further Information About Printing

As faculty and staff start to return to campus, you may notice that there is a new printer/copier in your department.  All of the campus Xerox devices have been replaced. None of the HP printers were affected. Those will remain unchanged. If your printer has not yet been changed, it will happen before July 3. ITS and ComDoc are running a little behind in the rollout and there are a few devices not installed or configured yet. If you can swipe your ID card and see your print jobs sent to MyColor or MyGrayscale FollowMe print queues, then the device is set up and ready to go.

We will be performing some testing at each device and cleaning up cables during the week of June 29. If you previously had any extra features like extra paper trays or envelope specific trays, those will be arriving soon. The new devices were scaled and sized according to your typical use so you may see some feature changes but overall all the features are still available in most cases. In areas where color printing was not heavily used, we have scaled back but everyone can still print to any of the color devices in public spaces same as before.

We are working on updating all of the printer documentation in the Canisius Wiki.

Check back for updates in the Wiki. We will be adding training materials, tutorial videos and user manuals for all the new devices.

All users will now be using the MyColor and MyGrayscale print queues. There are many reasons for this change including safe handling of papers during the COVID pandemic, needs to increase accountability, security, HIPAA and FERPA concerns and to make our campus more environmentally friendly. The new devices will no longer directly release print jobs. You will need to swipe your ID card and select the print jobs you want to release. To do this most users have already switched to using this Follow-Me queues (MyColor & MyGrayscale). Once you print to those queues, you can go to any of the over 100 devices on campus and get your printouts. They are held on the servers for 24 hours if you cannot print them right away. Banner printing will still directly print for now. Be sure not to leave these items on the printers for extended periods of time.

As part of new campus initiatives, all users will need their ID cards for printing, building access and identification while on campus. You will be required to carry it whenever you are on campus.  The college will be providing Canisius-branded lanyards to everyone if you choose to use one. You can pick yours up at the ITS Help Desk. You may also prefer to purchase your own retractable ID card holder. These are available on Amazon and other retail locations. You may need a hole in your ID card because of this. ITS will provide guidance on how to do this yourself in the Wiki soon so the magnetic stripe on the back is not damaged. You can also stop by the ITS Help Desk and we can do it for you. If you do not have an ID card or yours is not working, you can always get a new one at the Public Safety dispatch office in the lower level of Bosch Hall. Please note that for security reasons only one ID card can function at a time.  If you get a replacement card, your old one will no longer function.

Student copy card policy is not changing but is going to be more strictly monitored. These generic department ID cards were never meant to be left on the copiers as a convenience option to copying and scanning. As the new devices were installed, in some cases, copy cards were found unattended in offices. These cards were returned to ITS. There is a loss of accountability and the appearance is that your student workers are printing thousands of copies a month. Individual users must use their own ID cards for their print and scanning needs. These cards are only to be used for student workers in the department that need to print as part of the job function so it does not count against their student print quota. More information about this policy is available in the Wiki here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the ITS Help Desk at, call 888-8340 or visit

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS

Immersion on Migration

The Office of Campus Ministry invites you to participate in a virtual immersion experience with the Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

The immersion will take place July 27-31 via Zoom and will offer participants an opportunity to explore the theme of migration, as well as deepen their understanding of the broader context of the border and immigration. Sessions will consist of conversations with migrants and KBI staff, a virtual border crossing and desert walk, and daily reflections. You can learn more about the experience and see the complete schedule here.

There is no cost but participants do need to complete a brief application as there are a limited number of spots available.  Applications are due Wednesday July 1.  The immersion is open to all Canisius faculty, staff and students.

Please contact Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, at for more information.

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry