Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

105 Students Participate in 20th Anniversary of Odyssey Program

August 26th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


One hundred and five members of the incoming class of 2020 participate in Odyssey, a one-week summer orientation for multicultural and international students, as well as American students living abroad, first-generation college students, Pell eligible students, and students for whom English is their second language.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program.


Above, participants gather on the steps of Dinand Library. At its inception, 20 students participated in the program; this year, 105 students are took part.


Above, students enjoy off-campus excursions in the local Worcester community. Additionally, the week included dinner at a Holy Cross faculty member’s house, participating in community service, and settling into life on Mount St. James.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Traveling Black History Museum Stops at Holy Cross

February 18th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Campus community members view artifacts at the Black History 101 Mobile Museum display in the Hogan Campus Center. The display of more than 5,000 rare treasures is an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to hip hop.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education, Africana Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and Multicultural Peer Educators, the mobile museum artifacts represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights and Black Power era, and popular culture.

Photography by Tom Rettig

‘ONE HC’ Symbol of Unity

November 19th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Season basketball ticket holder, Cecile M. Phaneuf of Spencer, Massachusetts, picks up a “ONE HC” button inside Holy Cross’ Hart Center.


The Student Government Association invites all community members to stand together in unity as “ONE HC” by proudly wearing one of the buttons, which are available throughout campus.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Student Group Holds Prayer for Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

November 16th, 2015 by Nikolas Markantonatos


At noon today, members of the Holy Cross community gathered for a brief prayer service at the edge of the Hogan Courtyard, where eight large crosses representing the martyrs of El Salvador, are on display. The service was sponsored by the student group Pax Christi which strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and bearing witness to the call of Christian nonviolence. “As we gather to honor their witness, we must acknoweledge the victims of violence who cry out to us today from Paris, Beirut, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, and from all corners of the Earth,” said Marty Kelly, associate director of the Chaplains’ Office, in opening remarks.

Photograph by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Hosts Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

November 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, welcomes guests to the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)  Conference in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The annual conference brings together professionals from around New England to promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment worldwide. HERC advances the ability of member institutions to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.


The day’s schedule included a keynote address by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, breakout sessions and networking among conference attendees.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Unique Performance Takes Center Stage During Family Weekend

October 23rd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


From left to right, students Yvesh’a Bellevue ’16, Diana Hurtado ’17, Tanusha Yarlagadda ’18, Rebekah Dowdell ’16, Jazmin Lopez ’16, and Ja-Lene Scott-Dottin ’16 performed poet, author, and playwright Ntozake Shange’s, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” during Holy Cross’ annual Family Weekend. The performance, was the capstone project of Dowdell, a theatre major at the College.


The performance, combined the imagery of dance, the sounds of music and a series of poetic monologues to create a “choreopoem” to tell the stories of women who have suffered from oppression in a racist and sexist society. In the performance the cast the of women are nameless, identified only by the colors of the rainbow they are assigned.

Photos provided by Rebekah Dowdell ‘16

LASO Hosts National Hispanic Heritage Month Festival

September 25th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Daniel Frost, associate professor and chair of the Spanish department, participates in the National Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, hosted by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). Holy Cross community members enjoyed various foods, performances and activities during the annual festival on the Hogan Courtyard.

Photo by Tom Rettig

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.”