Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at Stonehill College

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Join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, which is devoted to honoring the leadership and legacy of a man who mobilized many to create significant change in our country and shape history as we know it today. We at Stonehill College are committed through our mission to honor Dr. King’s legacy and example through our service, education, and advocacy.

Wednesday, January 18 @ 2:30pm-3:30pm
A Review of the Dream: Reflections on “I Have a Dream”
Duffy 149

Thursday, January 19 @ 11:00am-2:00pm
MLK Pledge Day
Roche Dining Commons, Second Floor

Friday, January 20 @ 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where Do We Go from Here?: Hope and Justice Beyond the Election
Martin Institute for Law & Society

Monday, January 23 @ 4:00pm-5:30pm
Keep it Reel Film: “A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement”
Duffy 149

Tuesday, January 24 @ 12:30pm-1:00pm
MLK Interfaith Prayer Service
Duffy 149

Visit our live calendar for a description of MLK Week events and other upcoming programs.

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Announcing the 2017 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion!

The Office of Intercultural Affairs is pleased to announce:

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8th Annual
Conference on Diversity and Inclusion
Forging Ahead in Light and Hope

Friday, February 10, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Martin Institute for Law & Society

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is an annual event that is designed to bring together students, faculty, and staff to discuss diversity and inclusion at Stonehill. Attendees at the conference share, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue and connection, and walk away with meaningful tools and awareness they can use to create meaningful change on campus and beyond. All members of the Stonehill community are strongly encouraged to attend.

This year’s conference theme is “Forging Ahead in Light and Hope.” This theme is inspired by the recent election season and serves to keep us focused on moving forward in light of what’s to come. This year’s conference will serve as a forum to help us set a course for action towards meaningful change and inclusion of all members in the name of our College’s mission.

To learn more about the conference, click HERE!

Call for Presenters!

We are now accepting program proposals for the 2017 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion at Stonehill College. The goal of this year’s conference is to further dialogue on campus about how to foster an inclusive, respectable environment at Stonehill College.

We are seeking individuals from the community to lead sessions on topics related to our theme of moving forward in action, including but not limited to:

  • Microagressions in and out of the classroom
  • Creating “brave spaces” versus safe spaces
  • Understanding privilege, power, and oppression
  • Exploring Whiteness and being an effective White ally
  • Building inclusivity through a Catholic identity
  • Using social media to address prejudice and discrimination
  • Understanding cognitive dissonance in social justice conversations
  • Being a vocal bystander during moments of social injustice
  • And OTHER TOPICS!

Click here to see the program and list of sessions for the 2016 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion.

Session presenters will be notified if their session is accepted. All conference sessions are 50 minutes long and will take place in Martin Institute for Law and Society.

DEADLINE FOR PROGRAM PROPOSALS: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!

PLEASE NOTE: If you submit a proposal for the conference, you must also register for the conference, even if you are only able to present during your session.

For any questions about the Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, please contact Patrick Hale (phale@stonehill.edu) or Jasmine Mahoney (jmahoney@stonehill.edu).

Announcing…the First-Generation College Student Resource Portal

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First-Generation College Students Resource Portal

First-generation college students bring a unique set of characteristics and skills to our campus. As this is a growing populations nationally—and our campus—it is essential that we give visibility to this large population!  The Office of Intercultural Affairs is thrilled to share our new First-Generation College Students Resource Portal! This resource is designed to support incoming and continuing first-generation college student in their academic persistence and graduation.

You can visit our portal at the following link:
stonehill.edu/firstgen

What is a First-Generation College Student?
A widely recognized formal definition of a first-generation student (first-gen, for short) is any student whose parents did not complete a four-year, bachelor’s degree. This definition, however, raises several questions such as:

  • Is a student still first-gen if one parent/guardian completed a degree?
  • Does the type of degree – associate’s or bachelor’s – matter?
  • What if a parent or guardian attended college, but did not complete a degree?
  • What if the parent(s) or guardian(s) did not complete a degree, but an older sibling has?

We realize that any set of circumstances, such as those listed above, can cause a student to feel as though they identify as first-generation because their support system lacks knowledge of the college experience. If you are unsure about your first-gen status, or if you think you could benefit from additional support, feel free to stop by the Office of Intercultural Affairs to discuss.

First-gen Faculty and Staff are encouraged to sign up to be listed on the portal!
If you identify as a first-generation college student and would like to serve as a resource for other first-generation students please sign up to be listed on the portal. For more information or to sign up visit the “Faculty & Staff Resources” tab.

Stay tuned for First-Gen Week next semester!

DiverCity 2017 – SAVE THE DATE! Performers and Event Planners Wanted!

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Save the date! DiverCity 2017 will be happening on Friday, April 28, 2017! More info to come in future announcements/posts!
DiverCity 2017 is a culmination of dance (traditional and contemporary), fashion, and theatrical performance that pulls from the talents of the Stonehill Community. Various aspects of diversity are represented through artistic form as we explore social issues that impact our community today. Part celebration, part education — support the many students who work to shape a more just and compassionate community.
Join us for an info session to learn how to get involve as a performer or as a committee member to help make this festival a success!
Monday, December 5, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duffy 118
For more information on DiverCity 2017, please feel free to contact Emma Gagnon, chair of DiverCity 2017, at egagnon3@students.stonehill.edu.

LAST CHANCE: Register for Resume and Interviewing Workshops!

resume-interviewApplying to become an ABS Leader, Peer Mentor, Resident Assistant, ITS Coordinator or Moreau Student Minister?

We’re offering workshops to help you groom or create your resume and prepare for the interview!

Register for the workshops through Handshake. We have limited seats!

Resume Workshop
https://stonehill.joinhandshake.com/events/34988

Interviewing Workshop
https://stonehill.joinhandshake.com/events/34989

These workshops are sponsored by the Stonehill College Career Development Center.

Apply to be an ABS Leader TODAY!

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The Office of Intercultural Affairs is currently seeking motivated, passionate, and engaged students to serve as ALANA-A Brothers & Sisters for the 2017-2018 school year!

ALANA-A Brothers & Sisters, also known as ABS Leaders, act as role models and advocates for diversity and inclusion at Stonehill College. They also serve as mentors to incoming students, and as allies and advocates for students of all underrepresented communities.

We will be having informational sessions for students who wish to learn more about the ABS Leader role as well as the application process. Info sessions will take place in Duffy 149 on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 5 @ 12pm
  • Friday, December 9 @ 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 14 @ 11am

To learn more about the ABS Leadership Program, as well as more details about the application, timeline, and requirements, visit our webpage. If you’re ready to apply now, visit our Handshake application!

Feel free to contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at (508) 565-1409 or at diversity@stonehill.edu with any questions!

Get Involved: Ways to Help the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

screenshot7589During the past few months, the Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has received a lot of media attention, mostly due to Energy Transfer Partners, the company investing over 3.8 billion dollars into the pipeline, harsh treatment of the 1,000+ peaceful protesters.  The pipeline, which is intended to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil a day  from North Dakota to Illinois.

In recent weeks, news sources have reported that ETP has hired security companies with attack dogs to deter protesters and has even gone as far as shooting them with paper bullets.

Students, staff, and faculty at Stonehill College have demonstrated support of the Standing Rock Sioux through education and awareness building on the issues regarding DAPL and are working to come together to offer ways to support them and encourage the halting of DAPL. Below are some ways in which you can join us in that support:

  1. Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject, please be professional.
  2. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Ask President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  3. Contribute to the Standing Rock Sioux here.
  4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List.
  5. Donate items from this Amazon Wishlist to the Red Warrior Camp.
  6. Contribute to the Red Warrior Camp Winternizing Fund or their Legal Fund + more ways to support Red Warrior Camp.
  7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund (or contribute to their GoFundMe account).
  8. Sign the petition to the White House to stop DAPL construction.
  9. Like and follow these pages to stay up to date with latest all the latest info and be prepared to raise awareness across all social media:

Here is another more comprehensive list of ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Feel free to comment below for other ways that you could contribute to support the Standing Rock Sioux. Also follow the conversation on Twitter at #NoDAPL to learn more about what’s happening at Standing Rock.