Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

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

October 23rd, 2014 by nmarkant

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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“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.

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Roses were distributed to all women in attendance.

Photography by Darien Henry ’14

 

Worcester’s Educators Network on the Hill

February 28th, 2014 by smorriss

Th Minority Education Professional Network aims to create a welcoming environment for minority professionals in Worcester’s colleges, universities and public schools. Rob Jones, associate director of multicultural education at Holy Cross, and Jacqueline Peterson, the College’s dean of students and vice president for student affairs, serve on the group’s steering committee, and hosted its networking reception in the Hogan Campus Center on Feb. 26. Worcester’s public school superintendent, Melinda Boone, served as the keynote speaker. Jones, shown here with Boone; Charise Wilson, an admissions counselor at Becker College; and Dean Peterson, commented on the networking event: “What a pleasure to network with the many education professionals of color in the Worcester Community!”

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Photo by Suzanne Morrissey

 

Diversity Expert Gives Talk at Second Annual MLK Breakfast

January 21st, 2014 by nmarkant

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Damon A. Williams, the senior vice president for programs, training, and youth development services for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, delivers the keynote address at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast held in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Williams was previously associate vice chancellor, vice provost, chief diversity officer, and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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David Harris, director of College choirs and lecturer in the music department, conducts the Holy Cross Chamber Singers.

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The Chamber Singers entertain the crowd. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education and the Diversity Leadership Team.
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Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, enjoys the event. She paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as part of the program.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Holy Cross Remembers Nelson Mandela

December 6th, 2013 by Christian Santillo

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The Holy Cross community remembers the life of Nelson Mandela, his tireless work for social justice, and his leadership by example. This afternoon, students, faculty and staff gathered to hear readings of Mandela’s writing and to observe a moment of silence, followed by the South African National Anthem. His memory will also be honored at faith services throughout the weekend, as well as during a celebration of Kwanzaa.

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Photos by Stephen Albano

Black Student Union Celebrates 45 Years

October 16th, 2013 by smorriss

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This year’s Homecoming festivities included “Back to the Hill,” a dinner celebrating the Black Student Union’s 45th Anniversary along with the 40th anniversary of women attending the College. Above Peter Mitchell ’78 shares a hug and a laugh with psychology professor emeritus Ogretta V. McNeil and Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., President of the College.

 

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Above BSU co-chairs Payton Shubrick ’15 (left) and Vicmarys Brito ’15 welcomed the BSU alumni to a special dinner in Hogan. Founded in 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the BSU is committed to educating the Holy Cross community about the importance of heritage, the affirmation of identity and the legacy of achievement. Emphasizing the academic, cultural, social, and political development of its members, BSU aims to provide a support system for African American students and all members of the Holy Cross community by creating an environment that promotes leadership, embraces identity and encourages diversity.

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Above Classmates Robert DeShay ’70 and Art Martin ’70

 

 

“Littles” Have a Blast at Field Day

May 7th, 2013 by smorriss

Over the years, hundreds if not thousands of Worcester-area children have been paired with Holy Cross students through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The “Bigs” have fun adventures and get togethers with their “Littles” each week, and in the spring, they let loose at the annual Field Day in (where else?) the Fieldhouse.

On Field Day, the “Littles,” including Valentina, (above) shown here with her Big Sister, volleyball player Dana Weston ’15 from Canton, Mass., get to shoot hoops and play other games, hang out, and make crafts…plus lunch and ice cream!

Lacrosse player Jamie Ward ’15 of Glen Rock, N.J., gives his “Little,” Jayden a lift (above).

(Above) Gary Acquah ’14, a defensive lineman for Crusader football from The Bronx, N.Y., says he and his “Little,” Fernando, both enjoyed going to see the Celtics play over the winter.  Fernando’s goal? “He wants to play basketball one day for Holy Cross,” Acquah says.

“Little” Damien (above) was wicked excited about getting the cones set up for a relay game with his “Big,” lacrosse player Tommy Shannon’16 of Andover, Mass.