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Inauguration Week

Inauguration week is here. This Saturday, October 22, Canisius College will install Steve Stoute as the institution’s 25th president. The entire campus community – faculty, staff and students – is invited to attend the inauguration and the series of events, which start today and continue through the end of October. From sports to sustainability, and social justice to equity mindedness, there is something for everyone.

Click here to view the list of events and register, where needed.

Click here to RSVP to the Presidential Inauguration, if you haven’t already done so.

Submitted by: College Communications

The Letter: A Message for Our Earth

The first of several events leading up to President Stoute’s inauguration takes place today, Monday, October 17. Canisius College will screen the film “The Letter: A Message for Our Earth,” for the campus community from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

This feature length documentary is an unprecedented call to action from one of the world’s most iconic leaders, Pope Francis. In it, he calls on all people to stand together for the future of our planet and offers a humbling reminder of our responsibility as members of a society to come together in solidarity for the greater good of one another and the preservation of our planet.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology

Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite the campus community to participate in an important and upcoming event: Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness.

The event is part of the college’s series of events surrounding the inauguration of President Steve Stoute.  It will be presented by Angell Howard, associate director of professional development at Illinois State University and Owner of Necessary Change Consulting.  The event takes place on Tuesday, October 25, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 063 (Women’s Business Center Classroom).   

This is an interactive session where participants will discuss the difference between equity and equality, develop equity minded goals and examine what is needed to make equitable decisions.  Equity has long been depicted as three individuals of different heights standing along a fence watching a baseball game.  One individual is tall enough to see over the fence, while the other two need to stand on boxes of varying heights.  At first glance, everyone receives what is needed to access the game, however the real barrier remains, the fence.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

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


Minority Faculty/Staff Affinity Group

Employees of the college that identify as BIPOC (black/indigenous people of color) are invited to a meeting with the Minority Faculty/Staff Affinity group on Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Conference Room (OM 219). The group will meet to check in with each other, talk about the organization’s goals, and plan some upcoming engagement opportunities for the campus community. Refreshments will be provided. Please sign up to attend here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to co-chairs Bennie Williams at or Wil Green at

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

The Independent Health & Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge is Back!

The annual Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge officially kicks off on October 24 and runs through December 4. Over the course of six weeks, participants will be encouraged to increase their healthy habits for a chance to win prizes, such as signed Bills gear, digital air fryers, juicers, Fitbits, gift cards and wireless headphones. The grand prize winner will score four tickets to a Bills game with parking, along with a $1,000 Visa gift card and more.

As always, the Challenge is FREE to join and open to anyone in the community. You do not have to be an Independent Health member to participate. Log in or sign-up anytime at

Above is the flyer for the fall Challenge offering greater detail on how the Challenge works and what’s up for grabs. More information can be found on the Challenge website and on Independent Health’s website here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office