“Responding to Racism: A Lasallian Dialogue,” Livestream on Thurs., June 25

Responding to Racism: A Lasallian Dialogue, Livestream on Thurs., June 25You are invited to participate! Join Saint Mary’s Vice President for Mission Frances M. Sweeney ’86, MA ’08, PhD, as she co-moderates this Lasallian dialogue on how we work toward racial justice and equity. Co-moderated by Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, DMin, vice president for Mission at La Salle University, the panel of four Lasallian educators, who have been actively engaged in the Lasallian Racial Justice colloquies of the past four years, will discuss their research connecting our Lasallian heritage to racial justice issues today. 

“St. John Baptist de La Salle is the patron saint of educators,” said Sweeney. “We are called as educators to take up the mantle of responsibility he began. His work for equity and transformative education lives today in our charism, and I am grateful for this opportunity to come together across the United States as Lasallians to engage in this critical conversation and how it will lead us to continued action for the common good.”

In response to the call for racial justice on our campuses and in our world today following the killing of George Floyd, this dialogue is an initiative of the Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities (LACU) in collaboration with the Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference and three of the Districts in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN): District of Eastern North America, Midwest District, and District of San Francisco New Orleans. Members of LACU are: Christian Brothers University, Tennessee; La Salle University, Philadelphia; Lewis University, Chicago; Manhattan College, New York; Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota; and Saint Mary's College of California.  

Panelists will include:

  • Hayden Greene, MA, the founding director of Multicultural Affairs and the coordinator for the Multicultural Center at Manhattan College.
  • Kristi J. Kelly, EdD, the chief diversity officer and director of Multicultural Student Services at Lewis University.
  • Maureen O’Connell, PhD, an associate professor of Christian Ethics, Department of Religion and Theology at La Salle University.
  • Luisa Marcela Ossa, PhD, an associate professor of Spanish and area chair of the Undergraduate Spanish Program at La Salle University.

Join the livestream on Thursday, June 25, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Eastern time; 2 to 3:15 p.m. Central; and noon to 1:15 p.m. Pacific. ​

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