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Canisius in the News

Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean of diversity and inclusion, was recently quoted in National Geographic.  The article, titled “Can kids wear that? What to know about culturally insensitive costumes,” aims to help children find ways to celebrate other cultures through costumes.  

To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

PreMed/PreHealth Students Volunteer With Remote Area Medical Clinic

Pre-med and pre-health students lent their support to another Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic..

A team of 17 Canisius students, alumni and staff volunteered 450-plus hours over three days with many other wonderful volunteers and staff of Remote Area Medical in Belmont, NY. More than 316 patients were provided upwards of $93,000 in medical, dental and vision services. The Canisius crew helped through the very end to tear down and load the RAM truck to head off to the next clinic.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, PhD, director, PreMedical Center


Canisius Professor Addresses Race and Religion in Colonial America

As one of the few scholars to address the intersections of religious convictions and the construction of “race” in colonial New England, Richard A. Bailey, PhD, the Fitzpatrick Professor of History at Canisius College, was recently asked to contribute an essay in the The Gospel Coalition on how to approach Jonathan Edwards in light of the fact that the 18th century New England minister and a leader of the First Great Awakening (and the subject of a course that Professor Bailey offers regularly) was a proponent of race-based slavery and an enslaver of persons. 

While addressing that topic, he also turned to James Baldwin and Wendell Berry to discuss the discipline of history versus the dreams of “heritage” and hero-worship.

Professor Bailey’s essay can be found here.

Submitted by: Richard A. Bailey, professor, Department of History


DEI & Racial Equity Workshops

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend an invitation for staff and faculty to attend the upcoming DEI & Racial Equity Workshops.   It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of the  priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work.

Please consider registering for the following workshops:

LGBTQ+ 101 & Effective Ally-ship:  Wednesday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Presenter:  Emily Bystrak, MPH, Engagement and Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of WNY

This interactive presentation will provide an introduction to sexual orientation and gender identity, along with information on what it means to be LGBTQ+.  The session will also address how to be an effective ally for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.  The Pride Center of Western New York Inc. works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ+ people to live, work, and establish their families.  Please Register HERE  by Monday, October 25.

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Monday, November 29, 2021,  time TBA in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island (United States), the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. ZOOM EVENT-REGISTRATION

We hope to see you at one or more of these workshops.

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



ALANA Student Center Meet & Greet

The ALANA Student Center (ASC) invites the campus community to stop by its fall semester Meet and Greet today (Friday, October 15) from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Come meet the ASC staff, learn more about what the center has planned for the rest of the semester, and enjoy some refreshments and community.

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