Monica Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity on  DACA Information and Resources

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 ndboise@sju.edu.

 

 Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity Monica Nixon on Charlottesville, Saint Joseph’s and Our Work Ahead

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.

President Dr. Mark C. Reed’s Announcement On Campus Climate Survey

 

TO: University Community

FROM: Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President

RE: Campus Climate Assessment

Saint Joseph’s University, guided by our mission, seeks to create an open, fair and equitable environment  for all students, faculty and staff. To focus our efforts, last fall I convened the President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity, and tasked its representatives to review campus practices, recommend initiatives and policies to enhance our inclusion efforts, and encourage coordination across divisions. I am grateful for their counsel and their thoughtful work.

I am happy to announce that, upon the recommendation of the President’s Council, during the upcoming academic year, SJU will undertake a vital and relevant assessment of the campus climate for learning and working. This is our chance to learn more about our campus community and make positive, sustainable changes where they are needed. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted over 190 campus climate assessment projects over the last 20 years.

A team from Rankin & Associates has begun working with a committee of students, faculty and staff representing a variety of areas to develop and implement the assessment. The results will better enable us to develop programs and policies that will address problematic areas and enhance and replicate approaches which are shown to be successfully meeting the needs of our community.

A climate project web site is in development and will provide communication on the project process and results. Once available, we will share the address, as well as any additional information about the project.

I hope that you will join me in supporting this important initiative.

 

Saint Joseph’s University | 5600 City Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19131
610-660-1000 | sju.edu

International Student / Faculty Resources

TO: University Community

FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost

RE: International Student / Faculty Resources

Last week the White House issued an executive order on immigration indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days. The order also blocks citizens of seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The impact of this order and its enforcement are unfolding, and the University is actively monitoring the situation.

In addition, we have reached out to all student members of the SJU community most immediately affected by the order and will continue to offer them our full support and personalized assistance. We would like to extend the same services and support to faculty and others on campus who may have questions or concerns.

If you believe the executive order affects your study, scholarship or Visa status, you may contact the Office of International Student Services at 610-660-3496 (internationalstudents@sju.edu) for assistance. In addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (OID) is another important campus resource. Confidential inquiries can be submitted online via the following link: https://sites.sju.edu/oid/about/contact-us/.

We are proud that Saint Joseph’s is home to students, staff and scholars from around the world. Their presence enriches our University in countless ways, and we are committed to providing a safe environment that protects the privacy and human dignity of all members of our community.

SJU to Mark Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with Service and Song

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

Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

SJU Brings Service, Music to Community With Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

  • 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.”

 

SJU Honors Martin Luther King Jr. With Service and Awareness

Next week, the Saint Joseph’s University community will join the nation in honoring the legacy and leadership of civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 16, 250 student-athletes from Saint Joseph’s will spend the day volunteering alongside community neighbors, working on service projects at the following sites:

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
  • Ivy Ridge Trail
  • Cynwyd Trail
  • Olivet Baptist Church
  • Saunders House
  • Simpson House
  • St. Francis Cabrini School
  • Living Water Baptist Church
  • John C. Anderson Cultural Center
  • Saint Ignatius School
  • Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School
  • Bryn Mawr Terrace
  • Drexel/Neumann Academy
  • City Year – Warren G. Harding Middle School
  • Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral School

On Tuesday, January 17, the University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity will sponsor a daylong tribute to King, with civil rights information on campus televisions and tied to balloons throughout Campion Student Center and a post-dinner cake in the dining hall to celebrate his birthday. The Office, which will host the grand opening of its renovated space in Campion on January 24, will also provide diversity awareness training sessions for student leaders during the week.

Events during January will launch a year-long engagement with ideas that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared with the Saint Joseph’s community when he addressed faculty and students in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in 1967. In his remarks about the future of integration, Dr. King talked about the work needed to change habits and hearts, to eradicate poverty, and to build a just society.

“Much of what Dr. King called the campus to consider in 1967 continues to resonate today as we continue the work of justice and equity,” says Monica Nixon, assistant provost for inclusion and diversity. “He talked about mutual interdependence and about what would be needed to secure the future of integration. These ideas will ground a year-long series of films, lectures, workshops, and dialogues at Saint Joseph’s.”

Dr. King’s remarks will also serve as the inspiration for a university-wide conference on October 26, 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of his visit to campus.

Office of Inclusion and Diversity Updates- December 12, 2016

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TO:          Saint Joseph’s University Students
FROM:    Jeanne F. Brady, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
………….Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost
RE:         Office of Inclusion and Diversity Updates

We are pleased to share several inclusion-related updates with the student body that have taken place since we welcomed Monica L. Nixon, Ed.D., as Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity in late August.

First, the new Center for Inclusion and Diversity will launch in its renovated space in Campion Student Center Suite 210 in January.  Join us, President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., and the Inclusion and Diversity staff at the grand opening of the center on Tuesday, January 24, from 11am to 12:15pm. All in the University community are encouraged to attend the center’s opening.

Second, as a result of a productive conversation with several student organizations the President and Provost will host a dialogue on inclusion, diversity and transparency in early February.  Details regarding the event will be sent shortly after you return for the Spring semester.  

Third, we have added International Student Services (ISS) to the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, which already includes Student Inclusion and Diversity (formerly the Office of Multicultural Life), Inclusion and Diversity Access Programs (formerly Ignatian College Connection), the Women’s Center, and LGBTQ Programs. Bringing together these five units under one organizational umbrella allows the University to leverage considerable strengths in each of the areas and provides a platform for deeper collaborations. 

Fourth, Dr. Nixon is working closely with the University Student Senate to establish a Student Inclusion Advisory Group to advise the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and University leaders. In his capacity as Inclusion and Diversity Chair for Student Senate, Alim Young, Class of 2019, will co-chair the advisory group with Dr. Nixon. The advisory group will add its voice to those of the students serving on the President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity, which President Reed appointed in October.

Finally, at the request of the President, Dr. Nixon has joined the University Leadership Council, a cross-institutional team composed of the vice presidents, deans, and other key leaders. She already serves on the Provost Council and the Student Life Leadership Team, and this most recent appointment positions Dr. Nixon well to advance inclusion initiatives across the institution.

More information regarding activities and services of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity can be found at www.sju.edu/oid.

We wish you well as the semester draws to a close.

Ignatian College Connection Fosters Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

 

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Ignatian College Connection Fosters Diversity and Inclusion on Campus


 Thursday, October 27, 2016
by Elizabeth Krakoviak ’17
iccSaint Joseph’s University welcomed the arrival of five Ignatian College Connection (ICC) scholars at the start of the fall semester. Each scholarship recipient will receive eight semesters of full tuition awarded for academic achievement and faithful participation in the ICC program throughout high school.

Saint Joseph’s University welcomed the arrival of five Ignatian College Connection (ICC) scholars at the start of the fall semester. Each scholarship recipient will receive eight semesters of full tuition awarded for academic achievement and faithful participation in the ICC program throughout high school.

This year’s scholars include two graduates of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Steven Bradley, a communications studies major from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, and Alim Kamara, an economics major from Drexel Hill; Tim Hardy, a communications studies major from Philadelphia and graduate of Central High School, Triet Nguyen, an accounting major from Camden, New Jersey, and graduate of Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Malcolm Odum, a food marketing major from Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and graduate of Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware.

Founded in 2004 by George Bur S.J., former rector of the Jesuit community at SJU, the program aims to expose students from diverse socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and educational backgrounds to higher education and Saint Joseph’s University during their high school years, assist students in preparation for college by providing college awareness and enrichment programs, and offer continued support and mentorship, along with need-based scholarships to a select number of talented and motivated ICC scholars enrolled at SJU. The program is currently run by director of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Access Programs Jennifer Dessus, M.S. It is supported by faculty from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Haub School of Business who teach courses in the summer program, as well as other University staff and administrators.

“ICC scholars can be found all over campus,” says Dessus, who became program director in 2007. “We want them as high school students to be excited about being a part of Saint Joseph’s University and as college students, to help advance the mission of the University and to become a part of the community. Our hope is that the successes of the ICC scholars can be replicated to serve other underrepresented populations on campus by helping them make better and more connections here on campus.”

The ICC program is a part of SJU’s Inclusion and Diversity Access Programs. Other access programs include the Lenfest Incentive Scholars Program in which up to eight Gesu School seventh-graders are invited to earn tuition credits toward continuing their education at Saint Joseph’s University. These students are also eligible to receive financial support from the Lenfest Scholarship if enrolled at the University. The Cristo Rey Scholarship offers a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to high-achieving students attending a high school in the Cristo Rey Network.

ICC scholarships are awarded based on an application and an on campus interview. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement, participation in service and involvement in leadership positions. In addition to maintaining a GPA requirement, awardees are strongly encouraged to become actively involved in the SJU community. They give back to the program by assisting in the programming for high school students. Since the foundation of the program, four to six scholarships have been awarded to ICC students each year. There are currently 19 scholars on campus with a total of 46 graduates.

Students are awarded the scholarship after participating in the ICC program throughout their high school years. The program, which runs events in the spring, summer and fall semesters, offers activities such as SAT prep, college preparation workshops, and accelerated summer courses taught by professors and graduate students. High school freshmen through seniors from schools in the greater Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey and Delaware are invited to participate.

Current ICC scholar Claribel Villa ’17 says that the ICC program has played an important role in her life on campus.

“The ICC community is like a family to me,” says the sociology and Spanish double major and co-president of the Latino Student Association. “They are always there for me. They often check up on me to make sure I’m doing I’m best. It is support that I value because it helps me to remain successful.”

Former ICC scholar Eric Jackman ’15 also credits the ICC Program.

“ICC is important to me because it has prepared me for my future,” says the former psychology major. “The faculty and staff challenged me to work hard academically and encouraged me to take risks in order to get the best out of myself. ICC provided me the opportunity to follow my dreams and to dare to make an impact in my community.”

The recent graduate is currently enrolled in the Church Management track in the ACESJU program and is working at the Gesu School. He hopes to eventually work as a counselor for male minority students.

“ICC is a true connection, beginning in high school, but extending far beyond for those scholars who persist through graduation and continue to work with the program to extend its diversity and inclusion reach,” says Dessus.