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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Development Events

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 our 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 Friday, October 22.

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, the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present.


COLI believes there are ample opportunities to link course content, the Canisius mission, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These lessons are what make Canisius a special place for our students, as members of the campus community and as future leaders. We plan to attend these events!

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


World Food Month

We are a little more than  half way through World Food Month! To celebrate, Chartwells Higher Ed is accepting donations up to $5 at our retail locations on campus. 

The money will go towards purchasing non-perishable food items to help the Buffalo City Mission with Thanksgiving, which is approaching fast. Please donate whatever you can towards this great cause. Let’s show the community what Canisius College is made of!

Submitted by: Aaron Abruzzino, marketing manager, Chartwells Higher Ed


Kristen Kulinowski ’90 Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Kristen Kulinowski ’90, director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), was recently named an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and ACS. 

“Every year, ACS selects a small number of fellows on the basis of both professional accomplishments and service to the society,” says Kulinowski. “It is quite an honor to be welcomed into the ranks of such an impressive and select group of members.”  Kulinowski currently leads more than 40 researchers at STPI, a federally funded research and development center operated by IDA that provides analysis of national and international science and technology issues for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, among others. “I first became involved in ACS as a student affiliate at my alma mater, Canisius College, and have been a member ever since,” says Kulinowski. 

Throughout her career, Kulinowski has remained engaged with ACS in a variety of ways, from service at the local chapter level, membership on a society committee, as a presenter and organizer of symposia, and in support of ACS’s public policy agenda. 

As a leader in the drive towards safer chemistry, Kulinowski made significant contributions to the science and profession. She pioneered improvements in chemical and environmental health and safety through leadership in governmental, educational and policy organizations and through effective communication with policy makers and the public. She also maintained a steadfast commitment to managing the risks of hazardous materials, communicating science effectively and bridging the technical and policy worlds. Through her efforts, Kulinowski demonstrates a true passion for science communication. “Finding diverse ways to contribute my talents and energy to important problems is my proudest accomplishment,” says Kulinowski.  Kulinowski inspired ACS volunteers to engage effectively with policy makers through her exemplary service as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow, Chair of the Greater Houston Section, and member of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs. She also served as an ambassador for communicating the many career options available to chemists outside of academia or industry.

Kulinowski earned a doctoral degree in 1995 and a master’s degree in 1992, both in chemistry from the University of Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Canisius College in 1990.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

#Renaissance Reconsidered

Inspired by the work of Yinka Shonibare, students in FAH245A Renaissance Art reworked masterpieces by Jan van Eyck, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli and others, to present a more diverse representation of 16th century Europe.  Shonibare reinterpreted sculptures by Michaelangelo and Donatello with the inclusion of African sculpted forms, everyday objects and African batik fabrics.

To see evidence of the diverse cultural engagements and people’s experiences with ethnic groups and artifacts beyond European shores, we look to the art and artists who recorded their world. For example, Albrecht Dürer noted in his 1520 travel journal that he visited an exhibit of Mesoamerican artifacts in Brussels, click here:

We know that Venice was a port of entry that brought travelers and goods from Africa, the Near East, and other parts of Europe, click here

In addition, Hieronymous Bosch presented a vibrant and multicultural cast of characters in “The Garden of Earthly Delights” painted between 1490 and 1500.  The works we created in class are now hung up around campus with the hashtag #Renaissance Reconsidered. Enjoy!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, M.A., visiting assistant professor and art history program director , Fine Arts Department

Help Us Complete Hogwarts Castle

Thursday, October 28, 2021 is the day when our devoted Potterheads might place the final brick on the LEGO Hogwarts Castle. We started this set in fall 2019 and are excited to see it in all of its completed glory.

Please join us in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library from 4:30 p.m. until closing. You are also welcome to bring your own projects.

Makerspace events offer students, faculty, and staff a variety of creative experiences. Stay tuned for future events!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, M.A., visiting assistant professor and art history program director , Fine Arts Department