A joint initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Campus Ministry, Academic Affairs and Student Life to provide community spaces for Reflection, Examination, Action, Dialogue and (Your) Self-Care when the need for solidarity emerges in response to global, national and regional events.

Wednesday, August 30

Community and hope are critically important to building our collective capacity for real change. The following spaces for reflection, prayer, self-care, dialogue and action will be available to understand and process the events of the past few weeks in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other places on Wednesday, August 30. 

This summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, and other cities, 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. We cannot afford complacency and wait for other people to assume responsibility for eradicating oppression. This work must be the responsibility of all of us who aspire to the examples of Jesus Christ and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

POWER University Information Sessions

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m., Wolfington Hall
Pope Francis Room (2nd floor)

Join Beth Ford McNamee (Campus Ministry) and Susan Clampet-Lundquist (Faith-Justice) to learn about POWER University, a coalition among SJU, Cabrini, LaSalle, Villanova, and 50 faith-based congregations in Philadelphia to learn how to organize and advocacte for social change in public schools funding, living wage, green jobs, immigration rights, access to health care and criminal justice reform.

Reflection and Prayer

1:00 p.m., Chapel

Individuals of all faith traditions are welcome to come together for a place of pause – to breathe, reflect and pray together. The time will give space to silently reflect, voice our needs of concern and hope, fear and longing and lean into the company of God as one people. Join members of the Campus Ministry staff to pray for our communities, our nation, and our sisters and brothers.

A Structured Dialogue About Inclusion and Diversity

4:00 p.m., Campion Student Center
North Lounge (2nd floor)

Facilitated by Dr. Paul F. Aspan, Ph. D., Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Support

This session will have two parts: in the first, brief segment, participants will learn how a dialogue differs from a discussion, an argument, or a seminar – to name just three other forms of conversation. Secondly, for most of the hour, the group will practice dialogue, as structured by the facilitator. The overall goals of the session are two-fold: to provide skills for participants to model for problem solving as facilitators of dialogue; and for all of us to gain a greater understanding of the concerns about inclusion and cura personalis at SJU from our fellow community members.

Just Be: Space for I&D Leaders

12:00 p.m., Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Campion 213

Are you an Inclusion and Diversity Leader or Scholar? Have you been engaged in diversity and inclusion work on SJU's campus? Join us in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity at 12pm for a space to just "be." No agenda. No explanations. Just a free safe and brave space to connect with engaged students and build community after the events in Charlottesville.

Gentle Yoga

1:30 p.m., Campion Student Center
Doyle Banquet South (2nd floor)

Yoga as a word is often interpreted as "to bind" or "union." Come join us in union, as one, in a gentle yoga sequence that focuses on linking breath with mindful movements, while concentrating on alignment and proper form. There will be a guided meditation at the end. The benefits of gentle yoga can complement yoga students of all abilities, and will calm the busy mind. Bring your own mat if you have one, and mats will also be available to borrow. (Offered by Emily Forte)

What About You?  The Art of Caring for Yourself in Challenging Times 

3:15 p.m., Campion Student Center
Doyle Banquet North (2nd floor)

In challenging times, our focus can consistently be turned outward, often into the chaos and difficulty of what is happening around us.  We find ourselves asking “what can I do to help and better the world around me?” While this is an important and essential question, worthy of our time and energy, we can often be left feeling overwhelmed and experiencing the effects of stress, fatigue and anxiety. If we do not take time to focus inward, it can be difficult to make an impact outward. Join the Office of Student Outreach & Support to take some time to focus on your own wellness, reflecting on strategies and tips for self-care in difficult times.