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Canisius Receives $1 Million for ULLC

President Stoute announced today that the college received a $1 million gift to support the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) from an alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous.

The ULLC provides scholarship support to the best and brightest students from Greater Buffalo, with the aim to create the next generation of leaders in Buffalo and Western New York. Students in the program are from populations historically denied access and systemically excluded from positions of influence and power.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous support for one of Canisius’ most distinctive high-impact programs,” said President Stoute. “This gift to the ULLC shows a deep commitment to our Catholic, Jesuit, urban mission, which calls us to be persons for and with others and allows us to inspire a new generation of leaders. It will have a lasting impact on Canisius, Buffalo and Western New York for generations to come.”

The ULLC enrolled its first class in fall 2000 and experiences an impressive 80 percent, four-year graduation rate. Almost 200 ULLC students have graduated since 2004, and currently, there are 36 ULLC students pursuing undergraduate degrees in a wide-range of majors. ULLC students have gone on to graduate programs and careers in education, medicine, business and social work, among others.

The ULLC program is co-directed by Bennie D. Williams ’11, MSEd ’13, assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center, and Michael Forest, PhD, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department.


Submitted by College Communications

Campus Forum

The second of three Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee (SPPC) Forums will take place Thursday, March 2 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Science Hall Commons. Open to all members of the Canisius College community, this forum will review the proposed pillars and some underlying objectives developed from input gathered at the first forum, the campus survey, and other data sources from our community. Those individuals that are not able to attend the in-person forum are encouraged to complete a survey that will be available following the forum.

The final forum is scheduled for Monday, April 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Regis Room. These forums will provide the opportunity to fine tune the strategic plan and review survey results.

Please consider joining us for these events and be a part of the strategic planning process.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Canisius Conversations

The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) welcomes the campus community to a Canisius Conversations event on Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Canisius Conversations is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss topics and issues related to inclusion.

The goal of the upcoming Conversations event, titled “Otherness & Celebrity Influences,” is to discuss the ways otherness is constructed and the role celebrities play in reinforcing this stigma. The Conversation will begin with a short reflection by Shyam Sriram, PhD, assistant professor of political science, followed by small group discussions and sharing. If you are interested in serving as a facilitator at the event, please sign up here.

The Canisius Conversations event promotes 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.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes, and offices and departments are welcome to attend as a group.

For additional information, please contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, at Ext. 2118 or

Convened in spring 2020 by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the BRRT is a 16-member college committee comprised of faculty, staff and students. The BRRT is 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.

We hope you will join the Conversation on February 28!

Submitted by: The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT)

Get Moving

There are just two days left of the Go Move Challenge! It’s still not too late to join and back-track your minutes – register for the challenge here.  Please see below for the full details.

For those who have already been participating, please make sure to record all your active minutes before the end of the day on Tuesday!

Go Move Challenge Details:

Calling all faculty and staff at Canisius College to join other Jesuit institutions in the 11th annual Go Move Challenge by recording your minutes of intentional physical activity that gets the heart pumping to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. The challenge runs from February 1 – February 28, so make sure to get registered so you can begin tracking your minutes right away. Stay tuned to the Dome for fitness suggestions throughout the month of February to help you stay motivated!

Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant, and the university with the highest average number of minutes per region.

Canisius College faculty and staff also have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Canisius Bookstore. If faculty and staff meet the goal of at least 600 minutes for the month of February with at least 150 minutes per week of intentional, heart-pumping exercise, their name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that you fit in at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity every week.


  • Register here, even if you participated last year
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “REGISTER” box, enter your university email address and other required information, including your university
  • In the “Division/College” box, click on your division/college (ie School of Law, School of Ed, Student Life, Provost Office…) from the drop down. If you don’t see your Division/College, choose “Other” and enter the name of yours
  • Click the “SUBMIT” button when finished
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your user email and password


  • Starting February 1, visit org
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “LOG IN” box, enter your email address and password
  • In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the intensity of your workout and description and enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days
  • Click the “LOG IT” button when finished
  • Users can delete minutes that were entered in error


  • Challenge runs from February 1 – 28. Minutes will not be accepted after challenge ends.
  • Get inspired and motivated by creating a team of up to 4 (including yourself) to compete against other teams at your university to see which one averages the most number of minutes!
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos, tag photos #GoMoveChallenge
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go!
  • Read the challenge FAQ at
  • Learn more by watching the video at

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Voorhees, executive associate to the president, at or 716-888-2100 or Lynn Incardona, HR Associate at or 716-888-2246.

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

Next Meeting for CALLI Book Club

The Book Club for Canisius Adult Lifelong Learners’ Institute (CALLI) will hold its next meeting Tuesday, March 14, in OM 219, at 1:30 p.m.

We will be looking at the medieval German saga “The Nibelungenlied.” Bring your lunch and join the discussion. No prior academic knowledge of the book or the era is required. The CALLI Book Club meets once a semester and is free and open to the public. Won’t you join us?

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, Social Media & Website Administrator, CALLI