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New Director for Center for International Education

Please join me in welcoming Kera Bush-Turner as the new director for the Center for International Education. Kera recently served in a similar role at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY.

Kera will lead the university’s efforts to cultivate a welcoming and supportive campus community for our international students, and further develop and promote our study abroad programs.

A special thank you and congratulations goes out to Brian Smith, who will retire next week after 38 years of service to the institution. We wish Brian nothing but the best as he begins this new chapter.

Thank you to members of the search committee: Dr. Secil Ertorer, Rachel Massaro and Ginny Shim, as well as other members of the campus community for their time and support in finding a new person for this important role at the university.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Associate Dean of Students, Multicultural Student Center

Juneteenth Celebration

Canisius University will hold its 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on campus on Thursday, June 13, 2024. More information about the details of the day will be forthcoming. This year’s planning committee is Stephanie Masood, Shana Richardson, Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, and Bennie Williams.

As we prepare for the planning of the days events, we invite the campus community to submit a proposal to present during the celebration. Our celebration will be a “Sankofa Day”. Sankofa teaches us the importance of the past to build the future. The committee is seeking proposals that highlight the significance of Juneteenth, focus on racial justice, equity and solidarity, and the rich cultural heritage of the African American community. Proposals should aim at honoring the legacy of the emancipation and promote understanding and solidarity.

Proposals can be submitted here and will be reviewed in May 2024.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams at willi100@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

Delta Gamma Honor Society Induction

Canisius University is home to the Delta Gamma Chapter of the Tri-Alpha First Generation Student Honor Society. On Monday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, our newest members will be inducted. The Canisius University community is invited to join us as we celebrate and recognize our first generation students.

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This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at asc@canisius.edu.

***Being a first generation college student is defined as having parents or guardians that did not complete a four year college or university degree.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

ALANA Graduation

The Canisius University community is invited to attend the 2024 ALANA Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. This event will recognize the achievements of our graduating ALANA undergraduate and graduate students, who will be presented with a special stole to wear on commencement day.

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This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center. If you have any questions, please contact us at asc@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

Arab American Heritage Month Celebration

The Minoritized Faculty and Staff affinity group invites the campus community to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month on Thursday, April 18 from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of Old Main. The theme for the national celebration and recognition is “Celebrating Arab American Resilience and Diversity.”

The event will feature authentic food, educational information, and activities and prizes. We look forward to faculty, staff, and students coming together to celebrate. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Stephanie Masood or Bennie Williams, co-chairs of the affinity group.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center