Posts Tagged ‘social justice’

Second Annual MLK Book Read Engages Campus Community in Dialogue

January 30th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Students, faculty, and staff discuss “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, this year’s pick for the campus-wide MLK Book Read sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The second annual book read aimed to bringing community members together to engage with Dr. King’s legacy on an intellectual level and to explore how it still resonates today.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Social Entrepreneur Hosts Q&A at Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

October 25th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line — a 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people with a variety of issues, including depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and eating disorders — answers questions after presenting the 51st annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture titled “The Giving Solution: How Philanthropy is Changing the World.”
This blog entry by Grainne Fitzpatrick ’17, photo by Andrea Peraza Calderon

McCue ’17 Receives Prominent Critical Language Scholarship to Indonesia

July 29th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Political science major Billy McCue ’17 spent the summer in Indonesia after receiving a competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS),  a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. McCue, pictured above traveling the picturesque mountains of Indonesia, completed the intensive 8-week-long Bahasa Indonesia language program at Universitas Negeri Malang located in Malang, Indonesia, the second largest city in East Java.

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After spending the fall of his junior year abroad in Jogja, Indonesia, McCue pursued a CLS in Indonesia in order to improve his language skills and reconnect with his own Indonesian heritage. For McCue, the opportunity to return to Indonesia through a CLS was both a rewarding experience and an indicator of his future goals.

“I want to work abroad and help solve problems that hurt Indonesia today. Indonesia is such an emerging, vibrant country and it is for that reason that I want to go back,” expressed McCue, who is currently applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia.

Written by Grainne Fitzpatrick ‘17
Photos by Billy McCue ‘17

Student Group Holds Prayer for Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

November 16th, 2015 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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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 Spends an Evening With President Obama and Government Officials

March 30th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Karla Burns ’16 attended the dedication and opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute  in Boston. Burns was nominated to represent Holy Cross and her home state of Vermont by Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. During the dedication, President Obama and other top officials paid tribute to the late Edward M. Kennedy.

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In a surprise appearance, after the main ceremony, President Obama joined guests including Burns. “When he walked through the doors we were all shocked and humbled that he prioritized the time to speak with us.” Additionally, Burns was able to spend time with numerous government officials.

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Burns with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.

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Burns with Congressman James McGovern.

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Burns with Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh.

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Burns even took a selfie with U.S. Senator Ed Markey.

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Burns with U.S. Senator John McCain . Reflecting on the day, Burns said, “It was an honor and a privilege to represent the Holy Cross community and the state of Vermont at the dedication ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. It was inspiring to be surrounded by politicians and student leaders from all over the country who share the common goal of serving our community. President Obama and Vice President Biden along with the other politicians present, opened my eyes to the responsibilities, we the student leaders, have to our country. We are the most educated and involved generation in history and thus, we have a real opportunity to make a difference. After graduating from Holy Cross, I truly aspire to live the mission of being a woman for and with others.”

Photos provided by Karla Burns ’16

Photography and Video Project Sparks Compelling Images of Community Members

January 29th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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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.

Non-Profit Careers Conference

January 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Margot LaFortune Flionis ’89 of Framingham Public Schools attends the Alumni Dinner during the Non-Profit Careers Conference.

The annual Nonprofit Careers Conference hosted by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning and the Career Planning Center is for students considering careers in nonprofit and community based organizations, activism, public service, and social change. The program is taught by Holy Cross alumni, faculty and staff working within a nonprofit or public service setting.

Autism Speaks Co-Founders Bob Wright ’65 and Wife Suzanne Speak at Vatican Conference on Autism

November 22nd, 2014 by Jessica McCaughey

For the first time, the Vatican held a conference on autism, “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope,”  Nov. 21-22. Among the attendees and speakers was Autism Speaks co-founders, Bob Wright ’65 and his wife Suzanne Wright. To close the conference, Pope Francis held a special mass for attendees and families.

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Pope Francis greets Bob and Suzanne Wright at the Vatican.

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Wright participates in a panel during the conference.

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Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne receive a standing ovation after delivering remarks at the conference panel.

 

Photography by Autism Speaks.

Campus Fishbowl Discussion on Sexual Assault Takes Place in Rehm Library

November 11th, 2014 by Jessica McCaughey

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A campus fishbowl-style discussion on “Adjudicating Sexual Assault on Campus” brought various members of the Holy Cross community together to discuss the issue in the Rehm Library. The conversation focused on the national debate over the pros and cons of whether college campuses, as opposed to law enforcement authorities, are the best venue for adjudicating sexual assault cases.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Members of Holy Cross Community Take Part in Worcester Pride Event

September 6th, 2014 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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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.