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Wardell-Ghirarduzzi Presents Webinar “A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit Catholic University”

MaryJ. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD, vice provost & chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF) will present a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Register here for the talk titled, A Call to Conversion: Eliminating anti-Black racism as a Jesuit Catholic University.

Please note that the date of this webinar has changed from February 24.  The registration link remains the same.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Becoming Anti-Racist During a Racial Reckoning


The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is hosting a Q&A with Nate Sessoms, PhD, diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism expert, on his presentation “Becoming Anti-Racist During a Racial Reckoning.”

Participants are invited to watch the presentation ahead of time. Sessions will detail the history of anti-racism, review shared language and propose specific steps to incorporating anti-racist principles and actions into personal lives.

On Thursday, February 18, participants are invited to engage in Q&A with Sessoms as well as small group conversations around anti-racism.

Click here to register.

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

February is American Heart Month

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It’s February and it’s time to keep up the progress toward healthy habits. With this in mind, Independent Health is offering the following resources to you for free:

  • Zoom in to Healthy From Home: Get moving, have fun and learn something when you join a Zoom session through our new Virtual Health Hub. Free classes and programs, from fitness to finance, are easy to connect with through your smartphone, tablet or computer. No registration is required. Click here to learn more.

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  • Being Grateful for Heart Health: February is American Heart Month and this month’s wellness tip shows the importance of reducing stress and improving heart health by expressing gratitude. A few thoughtful changes to your daily routines can help improve your mental health and physical well-being. Click here to read more.

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For other wellness tips and resources, click here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

First Makerspace of the Semester

Please encourage your students to join the LEGO Makerspace set for Tuesday, February 16 in the Library from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Substantial progress was made last semester and there is still much work to do on the Hogwarts Castle. We had a lovely turnout for the Virtual Makerspace over the winter break and have more planned for the spring. Pictured below is Anne Aka’s ocelot.

Anne Aka. ocelot. Makerspace. January 2021.jpgMakerspace is a place where students can create physical or digital items in common work spaces, using shared resources and equipment. Makerspaces are meant to be a mechanism for encouraging students to explore and learn outside the classroom.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program, Fine Arts Department

Upcoming Online Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

The first one starts Monday, February 22 and will end Friday, March 26.

The second one starts Monday, March 29 and will end Friday, April 30.

To RSVP for either course, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI