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Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite the campus community to participate in an important and upcoming event: Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness.

The event is part of the college’s series of events surrounding the inauguration of President Steve Stoute.  It will be presented by Angell Howard, associate director of professional development at Illinois State University and Owner of Necessary Change Consulting.  The event takes place on Tuesday, October 25, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 063 (Women’s Business Center Classroom).   

This is an interactive session where participants will discuss the difference between equity and equality, develop equity minded goals and examine what is needed to make equitable decisions.  Equity has long been depicted as three individuals of different heights standing along a fence watching a baseball game.  One individual is tall enough to see over the fence, while the other two need to stand on boxes of varying heights.  At first glance, everyone receives what is needed to access the game, however the real barrier remains, the fence.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

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

 

Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite the campus community to participate in an important and upcoming event: Cultivating a Practice of Equity Mindedness.

The event is part of the college’s series of events surrounding the inauguration of President Steve Stoute.  It will be presented by Angell Howard, associate director of professional development at Illinois State University and Owner of Necessary Change Consulting.  The event takes place on Tuesday, October 25, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 063 (Women’s Business Center Classroom)

This is an interactive session where participants will discuss the difference between equity and equality, develop equity minded goals and examine what is needed to make equitable decisions.  Equity has long been depicted as three individuals of different heights standing along a fence watching a baseball game.  One individual is tall enough to see over the fence, while the other two need to stand on boxes of varying heights.  At first glance, everyone receives what is needed to access the game, however the real barrier remains, the fence.

Please register for the workshop by clicking here.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar. 

 

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

 

Supporting Jewish Students, Staff and Faculty

In an effort to continue to support our students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds,  we would like to share with you that we are approaching two high Holy Days of the Jewish tradition: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. 

Rosh Hashanah began at sunset on Sunday, September 25 and concludes in the evening on Tuesday, September 27.  This holy day commemorates God’s creation of the world and offers time for reflection.  As the Jewish New Year,  Rosh Hashanah provides an opportunity to center one’s actions for the upcoming year.

Yom Kippur is a time for atonement and repentance, where members of the Jewish community fast and pray.  This year, the holy day will begin at sunset on Tuesday, October 4 and conclude on the evening of Wednesday, October 5.  Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest day in Judaism.  

There maybe members of our campus community observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Please be mindful of these observances as individuals may be absent and/or require flexibility.  In addition, please be considerate of how fasting may impact daily interactions both physically and mentally.  

Our Jesuit mission calls for us to be people for and with others. Your willingness to support members of our community who identify as Jewish continues to put our mission into action.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to rodrig23@canisius.edu or willi100@canisius.edu.

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Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students & Director, ALANA Student Center 

Real Talk About Race

Canisius is excited to partner with a number of community organizations and businesses to host, Real Talk About Race:  Robin DiAngelo and Nanette D. Massey, on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in the Montante Cultural Center.

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The aftermath of the May Tops Supermarket shooting has shown that the talks we are having about race in Western New York are not leading to the progress we say we want. More than ever, we need the boldness to move beyond false politeness to authentic conversations that produce real change.

Two powerhouse speakers join forces in Buffalo, NY, to demonstrate how to make that happen.

Together, they bring more than 25 years of leadership in racial justice education. With frankness and practicality, audiences will be left with self-clarity and the ability to meaningfully contribute to dialogue and action within their spheres of influence.

This full-day session led by the inter-racial team of DiAngelo & Massey will provide the skills and perspectives needed to build racial stamina and create more racially just norms and practices in our workplaces and community.

Lunch graciously provided by Tops Supermarkets

Canisius College students, staff, and faculty admitted at no charge with campus ID.

Register by clicking here.

Thank you to the following event sponsors: Academic Affairs, ALANA Student Center, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, ArtsCanisius, bestself Behavorial Health, Center for Urban Education, HIGHMARK of WNY, New Buffalo Institute, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Presbytery of Western New York, Try-it, and TOPS Friendly Markets.

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

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