TO: All Faculty and Staff
FROM: Jeanne F. Brady, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
RE: MLK Jr. 50th Anniversary Commemoration – Thursday, October 26
On Thursday, October 26, the University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to campus in 1967. Please join us for a full day of programs, kicking off with a teach-in from three faculty, Dr. C. Ken Weidner, Dr. Emily Hage and Dr. Susan Liebell; a community reading of the speech that Dr. King delivered; a panel featuring Dr. Encarna Rodriguez, Dr. Brent Smith and alumna Corinne O’Connell; and a film screening with the Modern Languages Department. All events are free and open to the public, and information about the day’s program is available at www.sju.edu/mlk.
As the academic year progresses, there will be more opportunities for learning and dialogue. Last week Dr. Paul Aspan shared with faculty information about using the text and audio of Dr. King’s remarks in coursework, and Dr. Monica Nixon and Dr. Randall Miller, the co-chairs of the MLK Commemoration planning committee, will continue to develop programs focused on the theme Our Destinies are Tied Together, drawn from Dr. King’s speech.
The ideas and questions that Dr. King posed 50 years ago, including the ones he presented in his final book, Where Do We Go from Here?, remain challenging ones for our University, nation and world. I hope you will join me Thursday as we kick off our collective exploration of Dr. King’s legacy and lessons.
TO: All Students
FROM: Monica Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
RE: DACA Information and Resources
Last week, in the wake of the federal government’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., reaffirmed Saint Joseph’s steadfast commitment to support all students, regardless of their immigration status. This commitment also extends to all SJU employees.
The University has made available resources related to the DACA program, which can be found online at sju.edu/daca. The webpage links to information and guidance available through national organizations and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will be updated as new information emerges. Of note:
• DACA and work permits (employment authorization documents) will remain valid until their expiration dates.
• No new DACA applications are being accepted or processed, as of September 5, 2017.
• DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. Anyone seeking a renewal should begin the process immediately.
• Advance parole to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad is no longer available, and DHS will refund any associated fees for pending applications for advance parole. Anyone with DACA status who travels abroad for work or study will likely not be able to return to the United States.
• The University does not share private information about students or employees. SJU Public Safety officers do not inquire about or record immigration status in the performance of their duties. The University maintains a strong commitment to maintaining the privacy of student and employee records, consistent with all applicable law.
As Dr. Reed shared, we will continue to be vigilant in looking out for the marginalized within our community and continue to care for one another. Students in need of additional information can contact the Office of Student Life at 610-660-1045 or the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at 610-660-1015. Employees in need of additional information can contact Nancy DuBoise, director of employee and labor relations, at 610-660-3313 or email@example.com.
TO: All Students
FROM: Monica L. Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
RE: Charlottesville, Saint Joseph’s and Our Work Ahead
Over the last week in Charlottesville and other cities around the world, we have witnessed violent and hateful demonstrations of white supremacy, racism and religious extremism. These forces are not new. The insidious effects of racism, nationalism and other forms of systemic oppression impact each and every one of us. To echo Dr. Reed, Saint Joseph’s values stand in opposition to these forces, and our community is one compelled to action in the face of injustice.
On Wednesday, August 30, Saint Joseph’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity invites all members of our community to come together for prayer, dialogue and contemplation of our collective capacity for positive change. Join the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Academic Affairs, Campus Ministry, Student Life and others in the Campion Student Center and Wolfington Hall. Further details about this event, and future opportunities for community reflection, will be posted on the Office of Inclusion and Diversity website.
Later this semester, Saint Joseph’s will host a commemoration of the 1967 visit to campus by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A series of events organized around the theme, “Our Destinies are Tied Together,” will kick off with a day-long program on Thursday, October 26, where members of the SJU community will discuss how Dr. King’s remarks still resonate 50 years later.
I hope you will participate in these events and share your perspective as our community works to break down barriers and challenge the viewpoints that divide our nation and world. We cannot afford complacency, nor can we risk any false moral equivalency between those who promote hate and those who oppose it. The work of eradicating oppression must be the responsibility of all of us who aspire to the examples of Jesus Christ and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Although no classes are scheduled for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Saint Joseph’s University will make the holiday “a day on, not a day off” as a part of its annual day of service and celebration.
“Saint Joseph’s University is delighted to share in the message and philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day,” said Patty Martin, associate director of government and community relations. “This day will be not only a celebration of Dr. King’s life, but also one devoted to serving our neighbors and the community.”
Over 200 student-athletes will serve the community to commemorate the holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. The students will be commissioned by State Representative Louise Williams Bishop before departing for their service sites. Some sites include the Saint Thomas African Episcopal Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Wynnefield Residents Association and Hayes Manor.
The program represents a combined effort by the department of athletics, the office of campus ministry and the office of government and community relations, who have sponsored this day of service for the last seven years in conjunction with Rep. Bishop.
The holiday celebrations will also include a day-long concert in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. presented by Saint Joseph’s University and Rep. Bishop. The arena will be turned into a venue for gospel singing, preaching and dancing. Groups performing include the Brockington Ensemble, Little Sammy and the Flying Clouds, the Metropolitan Male Ensemble, the Williams Sisters, the Gospel Ambassadors, Minister Bruce Patham, Nadia Gordanskaya and many more.
–David King ’08
Friday, January 15, 2016
While Monday, Jan. 18 is a day off for many marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of Saint Joseph’s University students will be volunteering in the local community to honor the civil rights icon’s legacy.
- Approximately 300 student athletes will spread out in Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Bala Cynwyd, Manayunk and Wissahickon to engage in service alongside their neighbors.
- The Black Student Union and Campus Ministry will send students to Mary McLeod Bethune School in Philadelphia.
- Students from Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society) will volunteer at the Narberth Community Food Bank.
“Dr. King’s vision of social justice aligns perfectly with SJU’s mission to be men and women for others,” said Patty Martin, director of Government and Community Relations, who’s been instrumental in coordinating the day of service. “Our students are very active in service year-round, but this day has always had special meaning for our campus community.”
In addition, the Office of Multicultural Life will be hosting a candlelight vigil and dinner in remembrance of Dr. King on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Campion Student Center’s Banquet Hall South. The event will feature Charles H.F. Davis, director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the University will continue to honor Dr. King with a panel discussion entitled, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Alternative Narratives.” Featuring faculty from the Department of History, Randall Miller, Ph.D., Katherine Sibley, Ph.D., and Brian Yates, Ph.D., the event will explore Dr. King’s life and philosophy, emphasizing his internationalism and his critiques of American domestic and foreign policies.
- The 25th annual “A Day On, Not a Day Off” birthday celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan 16
- The event will feature performances by the Brockington Ensemble, Carol Jackson and the Singers, the Metropolitan Male Chorus and the Enon Baptist Church Choir. The event will end at 3 p.m.
- SJU athletes will participate at community service locations throughout the city.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Though Jan. 16 kicks off the first week of the spring 2012 semester at Saint Joseph’s University, no classes will be held Monday. Instead, student-athletes will come together in service to others as part of SJU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. The 2012 holiday marks the 26th anniversary of the holiday’s national observance – it was first officially celebrated on Jan. 18, 1986.
Each year, SJU hosts the day of service and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in memory of the civil rights leader and his commitment to serving others. While over 250 members of SJU’s athletic teams and 40 student service leaders leave campus to take part in the day of service, members of SJU and the surrounding communities are invited to celebrate the holiday in the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena, formerly known as Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, where decades earlier on Oct. 26, 1967, King addressed 3,400 SJU students, faculty and community members.
The 25th annual “A Day On, Not a Day Off” birthday celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will begin at 10 a.m. with a commissioning ceremony led by Don DiJulia, director of athletics, and a prayer. Presented by State Representative Louise Williams Bishop, mistress of ceremonies, with James A. Bishop, Jr. as master of ceremonies, the event will feature performances by the Brockington Ensemble, Carol Jackson and the Singers, the Metropolitan Male Chorus and the Enon Baptist Church Choir. The event will end at 3 p.m.
Following the commissioning ceremony, the SJU athletes will participate at community service locations throughout the city. The men’s and women’s tennis teams will work on painting and clean-up at Olivet Baptist Church in Mantua, while the golf team cleans and paints at Clyde Corporation in West Philadelphia; men’s lacrosse and soccer will do the same at the Horticultural Society in West Philadelphia, and the baseball team at ARC of Philadelphia.
In addition, men’s and women’s rowing will clear the Ivy Ridge Trail; women’s lacrosse will serve at Our Lady of Lourdesat 63rd Street and Lancaster Ave.; and the field hockey and softball teams will visit and play games with residents at Saunders House and Simpson House, respectively.
“Saint Joseph’s University is delighted to share in the message and philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,” says Patricia Martin, director of government and community relations at SJU. “This day will be not only a celebration of Dr. King’s life, but also one devoted to serving our neighbors and the community.”
SJU was recognized last year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 115 colleges and universities nationwide to earn the 2010 Community Engagement Classification for its academic distinction, curricular engagement and “exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement.”
On October 26, 1967, a crowd of 3,400 in Saint Joseph’s fieldhouse heard a stirring address by Dr. King. He criticized the Johnson administration for being more concerned about winning “an unjust war in Vietnam than in winning the war on poverty here at home” and explained the importance of enforcing civil rights legislation, despite criticisms that laws could not change people’s hearts. “If vigorously enforced legislation can change some of the habits of men, and maybe somewhere along the way the heart may be changed.”