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Canisius to Host Real Talk About Race

Renowned author Robin DiAngelo and East Buffalo resident and workshop facilitator Nanette D. Massey to lead Real Talk About Race hosted by Canisius College on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm in the Montante Cultural Center.

The full-day workshop is led by the inter-racial team of DiAngelo, renowned author of the book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” and Massey, East Buffalo resident and facilitator of the workshop “Moving BEYOND ‘White Fragility’: Honest and Effective Conversations About Race.”

DiAngelo and Massey bring 25 combined years of leadership in racial justice education. They will focus on the skills and perspectives needed to build racial stamina and create more racially just norms and practices in the workplace and in the community.

The workshop is free for faculty, staff and students with Canisius ID.  Lunch will be provided by TOPS Friendly Markets.  Click here to register. Please note, registration cut-off is 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, with no additional registrations taken at the door.

The event is sponsored by BestSelf Behavioral Health, HIGHMARK Western New York, The Presbytery of Western New York, Try-it Distributing, and TOPS Friendly Markets.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Eileen Herbert, Chief Communications Officer

Preferred Name/Personal Pronoun/Gender Identification Information

Canisius College recognizes that faculty, staff and students may wish use a preferred first name rather than their legal first name to identify themselves. The college offers the option of the use of a preferred first name to help foster a more welcoming, supportive and respectful campus climate. In addition, you also have the ability to select a personal pronoun and gender identity. To create a preferred name, select your personal pronouns and/or your gender identity, use the link called Personal Information found under Campus Services in the portal (

At this time, many applications such as iAdvise, D2L, the online phone directory, various reports, and my course roster have already been configured to use preferred first names. Personal pronouns have also been added if configurations allow for them.

The college has been updating applications, processes, reports and communications to use preferred names systematically based on requests from administrative offices.  If you need assistance modifying your automated letters, Emails, reports or web applications, please email, use the subject “Preferred Name Change Request” and send as much information as you can regarding your request; screenshots or attachments are helpful. ITS will review each request and make the change(s). Certain third party integrations, such as tax documents, clearinghouse for transcript requests, FAFSA or other integrations where legal name is required may not be possible to update. This continues to be an ongoing process and your patience is appreciated.

Note: The preferred first name is not a legal name change. Students who are legally changing their names can use the link called Change Address, Name, SSN found under Forms in the portal (; faculty and staff should contact the Human Resources Office.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing, ITS

Winter Faculty Development Week

Do you have you a teaching method or other academic productive process that you would like to share with colleagues? Winter Faculty Development Week is coming up, January 9  – 12.

Consider participating by presenting pedagogical methods, research or scholarly processes, practical tips for student advising, or any other day-to-day practices you think other faculty may adopt, for their own and their students’ benefit.

Sessions are typically a little over an hour, including Q&A, and can be organized around a single faculty presenter or discussion leader, or a panel.

Email to discuss your idea!