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Women’s Empowerment Draft Pick

Canisius College is participating in the 2022 Women’s Empowerment Draft along with 60 elementary/high schools, colleges, and universities  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTkNKUSONZA .

The college seleted Dr. Lydia T. Wright:

Dr. Lydia Tura Wright was born on May 5, 1922, in Shreveport, Louisiana. While still a child, Lydia and her sister, twin brothers, and mother, Parthenia Hickman Wright, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to join her father, Nathan, who was forced to flee Louisiana to escape lynching.

She attended the University of Cincinnati and Fisk University in Nashville. She received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, also in Nashville. Dr. Wright completed her residency in New York City where she met her husband, Dr. Frank G. Evans. They were married in 1951, and relocated to Buffalo the following year.

Dr. Wright had several notable firsts on her resume. She was the first African American pediatrician and female physician in Buffalo. She also was the first black person appointed to serve on the Buffalo Board of Education, an office she assumed in May 1962. She served a five-year term on the Board, but declined a reappointment in 1967, noting that the education system was moving forward.

Dr. Wright was a family historian, having traced her family history to the 11th century, and developed a huge family history chart that proudly displays her lineage. She came from a long line of educators dating back to her grandparents. Her maternal grandmother was a teacher, as was her mother, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati. Her father was a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and her maternal grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Hickman, was one of the first blacks to practice medicine in Cincinnati.
(Uncrowned Community Builders)

On Friday, March 18, please stop by the ALANA Student Center to pick up a few surprises in honor of Dr. Lydia T. Wright.  Also, look out for our #WEdraft2022 campaign on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) on Saturday, March 19th, as we highlight Dr. Wright.

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

Academic Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Update

On January 14, 2022, the division of academic affairs hosted its annual college wide diversity and inclusion update.  Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, provided an overview of the work completed by all divisions of the college in 2020-21. Each vice president engages in discussions with their division and submits a racial equity operation that aligns with the six institutional priorities (community, curriculum/academic initiatives, educational programs, intersectional work, recruitment/retention, and training and skill building).

The highlights included:

  • Sixty community partnerships, 25% support racial equity and/or provided programs and services to Black and Brown communities.
  • An initial proposal for a Race & Ethnic Studies major was reviewed by the Academic Program Board (APB)
  • Honors Program curricula changes, 2 Western Civilization courses were replaced with one English course and one philosophy course
  • The college hosted 246 programs, 25 programs (10%) addressed race and/or racism
    and 23 programs (9%) addressed intersectionality
  • ALANA* representation among faculty 11%, adjunct 8%, staff 15%, undergraduates 21.7%, and graduate 15.6%
  • Draft of a Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Policy
  • Approximately 150 employees and 400 students participated in workshops and/or skill building opportunities addressing race and/or racism

The complete update can be found on the Diversity & Inclusion Wiki Page.

The responsibility of the diversity and inclusion committee is to monitor institutional progress, identify gaps, and make recommendations. If you are interested in joining the committee, please Email rodrig23@canisius.edu.

*African American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

 

Canisius Joins 2022 Women’s Empowerment Draft

This year, Canisius College will be collaborating with more than  60 institutions to celebrate Women’s History Month. The Women’s Empowerment Draft will honor 31 NYS K-12 public schools in building awareness and enthusiasm around the iconic women for which these schools are named. Canisius College has selected Dr. Lydia T. Wright, the first African American pediatrician in Buffalo, as its 2022 Women’s Empowerment draft pick. 

On Tuesday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Jasmine Thomas, USA Diversity Program Board Chair, along with a student representative from Dr. Lydia T. Wright School in Buffalo, NY will recognize our honoree.  Over the next several weeks, the ALANA Student Center, Center for Urban Education, USA Diversity Program Board, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, will partner with students at BPS Dr. Lydia T. Wright to develop videos, photos, and activities to be featured in our social media campaign #WEdraftDrLydiaTWrignt on March 19.   

 We are excited to join with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in this meaningful initiative. Please look out for ways you can support this project.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

 

Racial Equity Workshop

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend an invitation for faculty and staff to attend the DEI & Racial Equity Workshop on Monday, November 29, at 3:30 p.m. It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of our priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work:

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise,  Monday, November 29, 2021,  3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island, the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. ZOOM EVENT-REGISTRATION

We look forward to seeing you,

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity & Inclusion

 

DEI & Racial Equity Workshops

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend an invitation for staff and faculty to attend the upcoming DEI & Racial Equity Workshops.   It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of the  priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work.

Please consider registering for the following workshops:

LGBTQ+ 101 & Effective Ally-ship:  Wednesday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Presenter:  Emily Bystrak, MPH, Engagement and Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of WNY

This interactive presentation will provide an introduction to sexual orientation and gender identity, along with information on what it means to be LGBTQ+.  The session will also address how to be an effective ally for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.  The Pride Center of Western New York Inc. works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ+ people to live, work, and establish their families.  Please Register HERE  by Monday, October 25.

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Monday, November 29, 2021,  time TBA in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island (United States), the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. ZOOM EVENT-REGISTRATION

We hope to see you at one or more of these workshops.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity and Inclusion