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Book Launch for Borders & Migrations

Please join faculty colleagues Drs. Secil Ertorer, Anita Butera and Richard Reitsma, along with editor Victoria Wolcott from SUNY Buffalo, for the launch of a new collection of essays entitled “Utopian Imaginings: Saving the Future in the Present.”

The book event will be April 18, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Center.  Light refreshments will be available.

The editor will discuss the genesis of the books and the Canisius authors will elaborate on their essays, each of which relates to immigration.

This event is sponsored by The Andrew L Bouwhuis Library, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Borders & Migrations Initiative.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, DMLLC

Immigrants, DEI and the Labor Market

The Canisius Borders and Migration Initiative (BMI) continues to collaborate with community partners to raise awareness about the challenges newcomers encounter as they adjust to their new environment.

Dr. Secil Ertorer, who serves as a faculty member of BMI and the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies, was a panelist at a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop organized by the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Alongside presenting her insightful research on the obstacles immigrants encounter within the labor market, Ertorer also disseminated a guide on effective diversity management practices in professional settings to the participants.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, DMLLC

Buffalo: City of Refuge Screening and Conversation

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture and the Borders & Migrations Initiative at Canisius University will host a screening of segments from Buffalo: City of Refuge.  The documentary features interviews with local Polish emigres and is produced by Olga Mazurkiewicz & Z Collective.  It includes reaction and commentary from a panel of emigres who have made Buffalo their home.  They come from places like Rwanda, Ukraine, Myanmar and Kenya, among others.

The event is Wednesday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Lab on the main floor or the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  It is free and open to the public with a reception to follow the screening.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, DMLLC

Cuba Trip Information Session

If you have additional questions/concerns regarding the Canisius University trip to Cuba January 2-14, with Dr. Reitsma (open to faculty, staff, students, alumni), please consider attending an information/orientation session on Thursday, November  2 at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 314.  You can also join via zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

Please contact Dr. Reitsma at

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, DMLLC

Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad to Cuba and Mexico

For students, faculty, staff, and alumni:

There will be a trip to Cuba January 2-14.  Students can register for it, for 1-3 credits in the spring.  No prior knowledge of Spanish required.  Open to all.  Information in flyer.  This trip is culture/history based.

There will also be a short term program (4 1/2 weeks) in Mexico in May/June.  Can earn up to 6 credits.  No prior knowledge of Spanish required.  Additional credits may include toward global awareness, religious studies, etc.
This is also open to all faculty, students, staff, alumni.   This trip is focused on language classes, as well as cooking, dancing and cultural excursions.
Please contact Dr. Richard Reitsma for more information about either program at
Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, DMLLC