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Canisius in the News

In the Western New York area the fastest growing job markets require advanced degrees. Business First lists the top categories and Canisius’ master’s programs are mentioned among many of the fastest growing fields in the WNY area.

The full article is in the below PDF.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Power of History

Please join Susan Oberman for a talk about the second wave of feminism on March 29 at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Susan Oberman is the director of Common Ground Negotiation Services, a private conflict resolution practice offering negotiation coaching, mediation, group facilitation, and workshops, since 1999. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Liberation Center of Nassau County on Long Island in 1972.

She is currently project manager for the Hannah Arendt Center Dialogue Project. Her work to promote dialogue, spanning more than 50 years, is based on good will. Good will requires respect for and openness to those with opinions and ideas that differ from our own. In both the public and private arenas, participants must determine their own and others’ good will before deciding to engage in dialogue.

This event is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program and is free and open to the public. Email Professor Johanna Fisher at for a link to the event. ZOOM doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher adjunct professor, English and Women and Gender Studies, co-director Women and Gender Studies Program

BRRT Offers Opportunities for Education and Interaction

The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) has been hard at work creating opportunities for education, dialogue, and interaction to support a positive campus climate. The BRRT, comprised of students, staff and faculty, developed the following offerings for the campus community:

The following workshops are available upon request for campus offices, departments, classes and student organizations.  Please contact Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Center at    

  • Microaggressions
  • Identity
  • Implicit Bias

New this year, Canisius Conversations offers an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss topics and issues related to inclusion. The first “Conversation,” titled “Do You Know Your Neighbor?” will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The program begins with a short reflection by Erin E. Robinson, PhD, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies, followed by small group discussions and sharing.  If you are interested in serving as a facilitator at the event, please sign up here.  

These “Conversations” will promote the principles of Ignatian Conversation: Listen attentively, seek the truth in what others say, disagree humbly, respectfully, and thoughtfully, and allow the conversation the time it needs.  

Coming soon to The Dome is a new series, “Did You Know?” which will increase awareness of the BRRT and its process.  The series will include facts and promote initiatives to support a positive campus climate.

Convened in the spring of 2020 by the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the BRRT is a 16-member college committee devoted to campus-wide education and the promotion of best practices in addressing incidents and practices involving institutional and individual violations of college policies and values in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Click here for more information about the BRRT.  

Submitted by College Communications

Women’s Empowerment Draft Pick

Canisius College is participating in the 2022 Women’s Empowerment Draft along with 60 elementary/high schools, colleges, and universities .

The college seleted Dr. Lydia T. Wright:

Dr. Lydia Tura Wright was born on May 5, 1922, in Shreveport, Louisiana. While still a child, Lydia and her sister, twin brothers, and mother, Parthenia Hickman Wright, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to join her father, Nathan, who was forced to flee Louisiana to escape lynching.

She attended the University of Cincinnati and Fisk University in Nashville. She received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, also in Nashville. Dr. Wright completed her residency in New York City where she met her husband, Dr. Frank G. Evans. They were married in 1951, and relocated to Buffalo the following year.

Dr. Wright had several notable firsts on her resume. She was the first African American pediatrician and female physician in Buffalo. She also was the first black person appointed to serve on the Buffalo Board of Education, an office she assumed in May 1962. She served a five-year term on the Board, but declined a reappointment in 1967, noting that the education system was moving forward.

Dr. Wright was a family historian, having traced her family history to the 11th century, and developed a huge family history chart that proudly displays her lineage. She came from a long line of educators dating back to her grandparents. Her maternal grandmother was a teacher, as was her mother, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati. Her father was a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and her maternal grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Hickman, was one of the first blacks to practice medicine in Cincinnati.
(Uncrowned Community Builders)

On Friday, March 18, please stop by the ALANA Student Center to pick up a few surprises in honor of Dr. Lydia T. Wright.  Also, look out for our #WEdraft2022 campaign on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) on Saturday, March 19th, as we highlight Dr. Wright.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

Upcoming OFDC

Sign up for the OFDC starting on March 28th!

Updated for 2022, the OFDC (Online Faculty Development Course) offered by COLI is for full-time and part-time faculty, whether new to D2L, or experienced with technology for teaching. This five-week mini-course prepares instructors to teach online and hybrid courses. The OFDC provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning, social presence, and community in courses on the internet.

Additionally, the updated OFDC offers insights on what Regular and Substantive Interactions (RSI) are and how to incorporate RSI into your courses. It also includes information on Panopto, Canisius’s new video content management system, how it works, and how to best fit Panopto into your courses.

The OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students, either for all-online courses, or hybrid courses that feature limited use of the classroom. The course starts on March 28 and ends on April 29. To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events hereWhile you are there, be sure to sign up for our Online Teaching and Learning Updates Workshops and Panopto Workshops too!