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Borders & Migrations Initiative Presents Spring 2022 Series

The Canisius College Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is hosting its spring 2022 Borders & Migrations Event Series throughout the months of March and April. The Borders and Migrations Initiative is a collaborative space where Canisius students, faculty and staff, together with members of the Western New York Community, work to understand and support the lives of immigrants and refugees around the globe. The  initiative develops programs, events and opportunities for the campus community to support justice for migrants, refugees and those who meet and cross borders.
These events in the series are all free and open to the public. They will be held in person and also live streamed, and followed by question and answer sessions.  The series includes the following events:

  • “Xenophobia and Asian Discrimination in the Covid-19 Era” on Wednesday, March 16 in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library Instructional Room at 12:00 p.m., featuring  Secil Ertorer, associate professor, sociology/criminal justice/environmental studies..  Ertorer’s  current research examines AAPI racism in the United States amid the pandemic, which forms the subject of her visit to Canisius.  The event will also be live streamed here.
  • “Therapeutic Intervention in Migrant Detention Centers: The Challenges of Providing Therapy to Vulnerable Populations” on Monday, April 4 in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library Instructional Room at 12:00 p.m.  featuring Poh Lin Lee, a Chinese Malaysian Australian social worker and trauma therapist.  The event will be live streamed here.
  • Diaspora on the Front Lines: Art Installation on Filipino Health Care Workers & Covid. The display will be up in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library and the Science Hall Commons for the entire month of April.
  • Meet the artist of Diaspora on the Front Lines: Rosem Morton on Thursday April 21, in the Science Hall Commons at 6:30 p.m. Morton is an internationally recognized documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, MD. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow.  The event will be live streamed here.

For further communication about events or with questions, please Email, Dr. Reitsma

Submitted by:Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, Chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures


Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

The division of academic affairs would like to invite the campus community to attend a diversity and inclusion workshop on Friday, March 11, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  A box lunch will be available for pickup at 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge for attendees.

Imposter Syndrome:  The Fear of Being a Fraud

Presenter:  Annmarie Caño, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Gonzaga University

Imposter Syndrome is “loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud”.  This fear of being found out is often experienced by people with identities that have been marginalized or excluded in higher education. To provide a reframe, the experience of imposter syndrome is imposed on those who have dared to succeed in a system that was not designed for them. With this lens, Dr. Caño will offer some personal experiences of being “imposter-ed” by others, including her initial reactions to these experiences and her approach to take a participant-observer stance about what these situations signal about the expectations of others or the environments in which she finds herself. Participants in this session will engage in discussion about what they can do to eliminate “impostering” behaviors so that we can better live our Jesuit mission to be “people for others.”

Please register for this webinar before March 10, here.

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


Academic Affairs Hosts Coffee and Conversations

The Academic Affairs Office is hosting Coffee and Conversations, a series of gatherings for faculty to discuss matters related to their work. Stop by the Academic Affairs Office to pick up your Tim Horton’s voucher and then head over to the Faculty Lounge.

On the following dates, the topic of discussion is Inclusive Teaching

  • Friday, February March 11, 2022, 9:00 A.M.
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 10:00 A.M.
  • Friday, April 22, 2022, 9:00 A.M.

On the following dates, the topic of discussion is Scholarship

  • Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 9:00 A.M.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 9:00 A.M.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, COLI

Faculty Meetup

Throughout the year, COLI hosts virtual meetups for faculty. These informal conversations are great for discussing teaching experiences, projects, resources, and other developments of interest to professors at Canisius. For convenience, we do these via Zoom.

Meetups take place on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Email to obtain the Zoom link, and we’ll invite you via Outlook Calendar.

We may change the meeting time in the fall to better adjust to participant schedules. Let us know if you would like to attend but Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. isn’t suitable for you.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist, COLI