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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

Kittens Return to Campus!

Kittens are back on campus!

Maura Tyrrell, PhD, in cooperation with the SPCA of Erie County, has welcomed five kittens to the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior Lab in Science Hall.  Kittens on Campus is part of ABEC 220: Animal Learning lab class instructed by Dr. Tyrrell, experiential learning coordinator for Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC).

The campus community is invited to view the sessions during the times listed below.

The sessions include teaching the kittens to walk into a carrier on their own and completing a small agility course, which makes them attractive adoption candidates and encourages positive relationships with humans that will help kittens transition to their new families. Stress and anxiety attached to catching and putting cats in a carrier are major reasons why cats are seen less often by veterinarians. For these kittens, there will be no stress or anxiety, as they will choose to enter the carrier by themselves!

The kittens will be on campus until May 5, and will then be available for adoption.  If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please contact Dr. Tyrrell at



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Submitted by: College Communications


Do You Know Your Neighbor?

The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) welcomes the campus community to the inaugural Canisius Conversations event on Tuesday, April 5 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. 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?” begins with a short reflection by Erin E. Robinson, PhD, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies. Dr. Robinson will ask participants to think about the connections made in their lives both over time and spontaneously.  “How we connect with others is important, and at times it is those in our community who we think we know that we end up passing by and not knowing at all,” notes Dr. Robinson.  “These conversations will allow us to open our minds and hearts to those close to us, our neighbors, by engaging in an active listening process to say, ‘I hear you and I am here.’”

The reflection will be 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.

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

For additional information, contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, at Ext. 2118 or

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Campus Candid

Matthew Faulkner ’13 shared his perspective as a past traumatic brain injury (TBI) patient with PA program students earlier this week.  Faulkner speaks to students and clinicians about his perspective as a past patient of neurorehabilitation, and what he thinks is necessary for severe TBI patients to have better outcomes and return to independent life.

Faulkner, who currently works for NRG Energy, has also participated in TV and radio commercials for Mercy Flight.  Read the Canisius Magazine feature on Faulkner here.

Submitted by College Communications



Memorial Mass for Rev. Paul McCarthy, SJ

The Canisius community is invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Rev. Paul McCarthy, SJ, on Wednesday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  Rev. Jack Mattimore, SJ, will preside and Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, will preach at the Mass. Cantio Sacra will perform.

Father McCarthy passed away on January 18, 2022 at Murray-Weigel Hall on the Fordham campus at the age of 97.  He came to Canisius in 1960 as a chemistry professor and spent his entire teaching career at the college. Father McCarthy spent nearly two decades as associate pastor of St. Thomas More parish in Salt Lake City after he retired from teaching.  He moved to Murray-Weigel at the age of 90.

Read Father McCarthy’s full obituary from The Buffalo News here.

Submitted by College Communications