Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

Drumming Circle Targets Global Diversity Awareness

September 3rd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos leads CreateLab students in an Afro-Brazilian drumming circle on the Hogan Courtyard. This innovative drumming project promotes music as an educational resource, entertainment and as a catalyst for social change targeting global diversity awareness.

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Incoming Students Embrace Odyssey Orientation

August 26th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Incoming students gather to celebrate Holy Cross’ Odyssey orientation in front of Dinand Library. Odyssey is a one-week program open on a voluntary basis to all first-year ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American) and international students as well as American students living abroad, first-generation college students, and students for whom English is their second language. Odyssey serves as an introduction to Holy Cross composed of a mixture of workshops, field trips, discussions, and volunteer and social programs.

Photo by Tom Rettig.

Campus Police Officers in Worcester Receive LGBQT Training From City Officials

February 20th, 2015 by kethier

The newly-formed Worcester College Campus Police LGBTQ Liaison Consortium held its first training day on Feb. 20 at Worcester State University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus police officers from colleges across Worcester gathered for training to become better liaisons to their campuses’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. The trainers at the event included representatives from the Office of Attorney General, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Gay Officers Action League. The day concluded with a community panel with members from Parents and Family of Lesbians and Gays, Safe Homes, and Worcester Pride.

Robert Hart, director of public safety, represented Holy Cross. He said “the training was an excellent first step in garnering trust and open dialogue with not only the members of the Holy Cross LGBTQ Community, but the Worcester Community as a whole.” Hart further explained “By the Worcester Police Department taking the lead to improve their own education and outreach program, and by sharing that knowledge and trust base with the College Public Safety Departments, we will benefit as a community.”


Photography and Video Project Sparks Compelling Images of Community Members

January 29th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Last semester, members of the Holy Cross community were invited to participate in a photography and video project, titled “Faces of the Hill,” as part of Unity Week. Participants were asked to answer the question, “How do you define yourself?” Hundreds of students, faculty and staff took part. Portraits of members of the Holy Cross Community holding signs that define them now hang in the Hogan Campus Center. It reminds us that working together for social justice, while acknowledging our differences, is a hopeful process.

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Holy Cross students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to explore together — through events, conversations, panel discussions, common readings and other academic and cocurricular programs — the reality of what it means to live as a community in solidarity today. Visit the HC in Solidarity site, and join the conversation today.

Photography by Christian Santillo.

Community Members Reflect on Rich Faith Traditions Represented at Holy Cross

January 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Community members of all faiths and beliefs gathered in Mary Chapel for the fourth annual Multifath Community Prayer. The prayer, led by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, and local faith leaders, featured readings and musical performances.

Photo by Tom Rettig.

Student Affairs Marks 50 Years, Honors Revs. Dunn and Markey

October 23rd, 2014 by nmarkant


A student walks by the hallway outside of the Student Affairs office in the Hogan Campus Center. The display in the background, which was recently installed, includes the names of the offices under the Division of Student Affairs. Students, faculty and staff attended a celebration titled “Celebrating 50 Years of Student Affairs at Holy Cross: Empowering, Engaging, Educating our Students” in the Hogan Campus Center. The purpose of the event was to highlight the division’s accomplishments and to help expose students to a career in the field of Student Affairs.

Jacqueline D. Peterson, current vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, presents Rev. Charles Dunn, S.J., a plaque for his service as vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Holy Cross.

Peterson presents Rev. Earle Markey, S.J. ’53, a plaque for his service as vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students at Holy Cross. Peterson is only the third vice president of Student Affairs at the College.

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Melisa Jaquez ’06, assistant director in the Career Planning Center, delivers remarks at the event. Jaquez spoke about the impact that the Division of Student Affairs at Holy Cross had on her college career which inspired her to pursue a career in the field. The Career Planning Center is part of the Division of Student Affairs. She was previously assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Education, also part of Student Affairs.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Members of Holy Cross Community Take Part in Worcester Pride Event

September 6th, 2014 by nmarkant


Members of the student organization Pride and members of the faculty and staff group Outfront march in the Worcester Pride parade. From left, Florencia Anggoro, assistant professor of psychology (and her son Cole); Stephanie Crist, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Greta Kenney, coordinator of diversity leadership and education; Siobhan Plummer ’18; Natalie Correa ’17; Heather Cannon ’16; Sam Zurn ’15; Kayla Lopez ’17; and Keith Plummer ’17.

From left, Stephanie Crist, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Heather Cannon ’16; Natalie Correa ’17; Kayla Lopez ’17; Keith Plummer ’17; Scott Malia, assistant professor of theatre; Siobhan Plummer ’18; Sam Zurn ’15; Greta Kenney, coordinator of diversity leadership and education; and Florencia Anggoro, assistant professor of psychology.

From left, Heather Cannon ’16; Keith Plummer ’17; Natalie Correa ’17 (holding banner); Kayla Lopez ’17; Siobhan Plummer ’18; and Sam Zurn ’15.

Fourth Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners Unveiled

September 4th, 2014 by nmarkant

The Office of Study Abroad held a welcome back reception for the class of 2015 and summer 2014 study abroad participants in the Hogan Ballroom. During the event, the winners of the fourth annual study abroad photo contest were announced.

First Place
Caitlin Cantor ’15
Title: “Unveiled Truth”
Location: Cusco, Peru
Program: Lima, Peru (Spring 2014)
Student quote: “After spending a week with weavers in Cusco, I learned about local, traditional techniques, patterns, and clothing, and that the clothes they wore were in fact uniforms to exhibit and preserve these traditions.”

Second Place
Caitlin Cantor ’15
Title: “Unknown Field, Unknown Workers”
Location: Caral, Peru
Program: Lima, Peru (Spring 2014)
Student quote: “The price of eating and feeding could mean waking up at 3 a.m. to find work at an unfamiliar camp with unnamed terms and lack of security and human rights.”

Third Place
Sophia Jin ’15
Title: “Do you want to build a snowman?”
Location: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China
Program: CET Intensive Language in Beijing
Student quote: “Before coming to China, I watched Disney’s ‘Frozen’ with my sister. On a trip to freezing Harbin, I attended their annual Ice and Snow Festival, and was reminded of the movie and a particular scene where the main character sings the song “Do you want to build a snowman?” Being there amidst all the ice and lights was so magical; I knew I had to snap a photo to capture the memory. It definitely felt like an ice kingdom that Elsa, the ice queen in ‘Frozen,’ could’ve created.”

Honorable mention
Meghan Casey ’15
Title: “This is my home: A Zanzibari seaweed harvester looks out to sea”
Location: Paje, Zanzibar
Program: American Councils African Language Initiative
Student quote: “This photo was taken in the Paje region of the island of Zanzibar — women there are seaweed harvesters, often working from sunrise until sunset to create intricate fields of seaweed within the water. For cultural and religious reasons, they keep their typical clothing on during work, submerging the colorful clothing in the water. The ocean is integral to their daily life, as they use this seaweed for everything from cooking to soap-making to weaving. This photo shows the natural beauty of the seaweed fields as well as of Zanzibari women in daily life.”

Honorable mention
Maura Tracy ’15
Title: “A Coastal Walk”
Location: Connemara, Ireland
Program: University of Léon, Spain
Student quote: “The weekend I spent in the countryside of Ireland in Connemara, I witnessed some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. I took this photo while on a hike and decided to capture the beauty of the Irish coast with a flock of sheep grazing in their field. This photo depicts the natural beauty of this special place.”

Honorable mention
Meghan Casey ’15
Title: “A Road of Progress: An urban dala dala carries boys through town”
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Program: American Councils African Language Initiative
Student quote: “This picture is of boys riding through town on a dala dala, the traditional Tanzanian mix between a truck and a taxi that characterizes urban Zanzibari streets and epitomizes their richly fast pace. Because Zanzibar is very rural, the presence of dala dalas usually means that the area is also more developed — you can see the electricity wires in the photo. Urban Zanzibar is also swarming with youth, as demonstrated by the throng of boys crowded into the vehicle. This scene is typical for urban Zanzibar, from the dala dala to the tropical trees to the makeshift shop on the left. ”

Holy Cross Holds First Student Reception in China

April 15th, 2014 by smorriss

The College held its first-ever accepted Chinese students reception in Beijing recently at the Park Hyatt Beijing. According to Xiaofeng Wan, assistant director of admissions, the event was a hit with the students and their families, who commented that no other college or university where their children had been accepted had planned such a welcome. Hank Hulick ’11(in the center behind the banner), Nate Nault ’11 (on the right with yellow tie) and Nestor Santana ’04 (holding the tip of the pennant) hosted the reception.


Six Honored During Fifth Annual Women’s Appreciation Banquet

March 20th, 2014 by nmarkant

The Brother to Brother Committee and the Black Student Union honored six at the fifth annual Women’s Appreciation Banquet celebrating Women’s History Month in Hogan 401.



Honorees were, front row, from left, Virginia Coakley, assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American) ministries; Rose Marie Caranci, administrative assistant for the Office of Multicultural Education and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards; Sue Finne, administrative assistant for Residence Life and Housing; and Amy Murphy, director of the Career Planning Center. Mary Hobgood, associate professor of religious studies, and Ann Zelesky, associate director of athletics, were also honored but were not in attendance. Members of the Brother to Brother Committee stand behind the honorees. They are, from left, Irvin Scott ’14, Gary Acquah ’14, Anthony Russo ’14, Aaron Jackson’14, and Darien Henry ’14.



“The purpose of the event is simply to give back to the women who have been consistent role models, leaders and true dedicated supporters of and for the Holy Cross comunity over the years. Students from multiple multicultural student organizations and registered student organizations voted to elect recipients who impact them in a professional and personal way,” said Henry, a member of the committee, who is seen here with Murphy.


Roses were distributed to all women in attendance.

Photography by Darien Henry ’14