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Canisius Stands in Solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

On Tuesday, eight individuals, including six Asian American women, were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. These killings occurred amidst a disturbing nationwide rise in hateful rhetoric, violence and discrimination directed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities during the pandemic. Their pain and fear is real.

Canisius College condemns all acts of hate and violence against people of Asian descent and denounces the underlying xenophobic beliefs that perpetuate them.  Members of the AAPI communities have long endured this bigotry and isolation in the United States. Canisius stands with them in solidarity, love and respect.  It is at moments like this, when we redouble our commitment to our mission and remember what “being men and women for and with others” truly means.  We put these words to the test, accompany the “other” and fully invest ourselves in a shared quest for equality and justice.

I encourage you to join members of the Canisius community for the Moment of Remembrance today (Friday, March 19) at 4:00 p.m. outside the Chapel in the Quad. This event is supported by the ALANA Student Center and Leadership@Canisius.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College

Moment of Remembrance

Over the last year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian communities in the U.S. have experienced an increase in targeted, often violent discrimination stemming from hateful rhetoric from American politicians and others. This was witnessed this week in the hate crime in Atlanta. 

Jesuit colleges and universities have issued statements condemning xenophobic and racist actions and speech, and have reconfirmed their commitment to the ongoing work of building safe, inclusive, welcoming campus communities. (See President Hurley’s statement in this edition of The Dome.)

The Canisius community is invited to a Moment of Remembrance today, Friday, March 19, at 4:00 pm outside the Chapel in the Quad. This event is supported by the ALANA Student Center and Leadership@Canisius. Please contact Bennie Williams at with any questions or concerns.

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

President Hurley Among Most Influential Leaders in WNY

Canisius President John J. Hurley is one of 32 members of the college community named to this year’s Business First’s Power 250 list. The annual list identifies the most influential leaders throughout the Western New York region.

Click here to see the full list of college community members.

Submitted by: College Communications

“The Unadulterated Message of Nonviolence: From Howard Thurman to Martin Luther King”

Historian Paul Harvey, PhD, will present a live webinar on Monday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. Harvey is Distinguished Professor of History and Presidential Teacher Scholar at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).  Harvey researches, writes and teaches in the field of American history from the 16th century to present. 

Register here for the talk titled The Unadulterated Message of Nonviolence: From Howard Thurman to Martin Luther King, presented under the auspices of the college’s William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series. 

Harvey was named Distinguished Professor of History at UCCS in 2017. That same year, he was designated to give the Shriver Lectures in American History at Stetson University in Florida. Those lectures later were published as the book Southern Religion in the World: Three Stories. He was named a Presidential Teacher Scholar in 2009.

Harvey is the author/editor of 13 books and numerous articles, including Howard Thurman and the Disinherited: A Religious Biography (2020), Christianity and Race in the American South: A History(2016), and Bounds of Their Habitation: Religion and Race in American History (2016).

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Women’s Business Center Launches ReConnect, ReStart, ReGrow


Vital support is becoming available to female business owners and entrepreneurs hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A $420,000 grant to the Women’s Business Center (WBC) provides funding for “ReConnect. “ReStart. ReGrow.”  The initiative provides business education and guidance to women entrepreneurs whose businesses have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, or a decrease in revenue or customers.  It also assists women seeking to launch a new business or capitalize on opportunities in response to the pandemic.  Free classes and office hour appointments are available for a full 12 months.

The Small Business Administration awarded the grant to the WBC with funding from the CARES Act. Click here to read more about the new initiative.

Join a “Meet the Team” webinar on Monday, March 22 from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. This will be an introductory session of the program. Click here to register.

Submitted by: Rahim Melon, graduate assistant, Womens Business Center