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Wrestling with Whiteness

The campus community is invited to participate in “Wrestling with Whiteness,” a training series organized by Jesuits West, aimed at developing a shared understanding of white supremacy culture, reflecting on how it lives in us and shapes our lives, and utilizing the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white supremacy culture.

The series will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the following dates: November 10, November 17, November 24 and December 1.

To register, click here.

Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness, opportunity and privilege, and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy.  Participants will get equipped with tactics of resistance to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.

Please contact Sarah Signorino at with any questions.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Faithful Citizenship

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life presents “An Online Dialogue on Faithful Citizenship: Moral and Political Choices for Catholics in the 2020 Election.”

Two weeks before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the initiative is bringing together respected leaders with diverse perspectives to examine the moral and political choices Catholics are facing in the midst of a global pandemic, economic crisis, racial reckoning and hard-fought campaign.

This event will take place Tuesday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m.

All who RSVP will receive an Email with a link and step-by-step instructions on how to join the livestream. Register here for the event.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

Re-imagining Our Criminal Justice System

A three-part series, titled “Where Do We Go From Here: A Series Re-imagining Our Criminal Justice System,” will explore the criminal justice system through the lens of systemic racism and chronic poverty. Click here to learn more.

In part one, Rhonda K. Oliver shares her personal experience of incarceration. Part two examines the choices our society makes to divest from communities and focus on punishing crime, and explores how those choices have spawned segregation, chronic poverty and mass incarceration. Part three provides a radical alternative, based in reconciliation and grace, through the story of Canisius College alumnus Zach Presutti ’02, SJ.¬† Presutti is the founder of the Thrive for Life Prison Project and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Canisius College Magazine.¬†

“If you look at the American criminal justice system right now, you don’t see failed human beings, you see a country that’s failed,” says Presutti, who founded Thrive for Life as part of a small step towards healing communities wounded by a system that locks many up for too long and does too little to help them get back on their feet afterwards.

Thrive for Life offers formerly incarcerated individuals a safe space for education, reconciliation and crucially, love.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity

ALANA Student Center Supports Faculty

Part of the mission of the ALANA Student Center (ASC) is “to assist the college in enhancing services for ALANA student communities, and introducing the entire student population to issues involving cross-cultural patterns, participation in the life of the college and self-concept concerns.”

To help us achieve this goal, ASC wants faculty, staff and administrators to know we are here for support in a variety of ways. The center offers co-curricular opportunities to supplement the learning that is happening in the classroom. Our staff is also available to do specialized workshops for classes, teams and departments.

The center serves not only as a resource but as a safe space for all to enjoy. The lounge area is available for all members of the community. The Canisius community is encouraged to support the programs and initiatives and give feedback on various ways that ASC can support and meet the campus needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center