Celebrating Black History Month

Students are invited to join the Student Diversity & Inclusion Services office in celebrating Black History Month. Please encourage your student to attend these upcoming events.

Author Reyna Grande Comes to Campus
Wednesday, March 1, 7pm, James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center

Acclaimed author Reyna Grande will be coming to St. Thomas to discuss her book, “The Distance Between Us”, which was selected for Student Diversity & Inclusion Services’ annual J-term Book Club. “The Distance Between Us” is Grande’s memoir that recalls her early life as a child in Mexico, including her immigration to the United States and the impact that it had on her and her family. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will be available following the lecture. 

“And Still We Rise”:  Soaring to New Heights:  Black Women and Leadership
Thursday, February 23, 5:30pm, Luann Dummer Center for Women – Room 103 OEC

Led by Dr. Artika Tyner, Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, this discussion will provide attendees with the tools to strengthen core leadership skills and the inspiration to make a difference.

Dorsey Way and Dorsey Commons Dedication
Monday, February 27, 3:30pm, 2nd Floor, Anderson Student Center

A reception will be held to celebrate the dedication of Dorsey Way and Dorsey Commons, space on campus named in honor and recognition of Fr. John Henry Dorsey, the first African American student to attend St. Thomas, and the second African American priest to be ordained in the United States. The program will include remarks from President Julie Sullivan, Assistant Dean of Students Sr. Sharon Howell, student leader Cory Kemp, as well as a special performance by the choir of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.

 And, Coming in March:

“And Still We Rise” Event Addresses Activism
Tuesday, March 14, 5:30pm in the Luann Dummer Center for Women – Room 103 OEC

With such high levels of activism taking place across the nation, faculty and student leaders will guide discussion on women of color as driving forces in activist movements, illuminating pressing issues facing many women of color. Dr. Kari Zimmerman will offer a historical perspective, as student leaders share their personal stories.