Center for Diversity and Inclusion
A message from our Director, Dr. Kyra Shahid:
The mission of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a catalyst for social change at Xavier and beyond. We charge the entire campus to engage academically and socially across the intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The current realities regarding racism and racial trauma demand that we extend this charge to our campus community in new ways and invite the campus to reflect and discern on their response. Therefore, we are offering the following opportunities to engage. Please also view the letter from Fr. Graham on recent acts of racial violence and civil unrest.
XU Community Space:
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be holding a bi-weekly community space at 3pm EST in response to racism and civil unrest during our CDI Living Room Zoom Meeting. Topics and dates are listed below and are open to Xavier students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Visit Instagram (@xucdi) for more information regarding our summer programs and offerings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. To see the notes from previous sessions, click the links below.
- June 4, 2020 - Processing Our Grief, Anger, & Uncertainty
- June 18, 2020 - Strategy Building
- July 2, 2020 - Community Building
- July 16, 2020 - Inclusive Leadership
- July 30, 2020 - Allyship & Advocacy
Zoom link: https://xavier.zoom.us/j/4443528546?pwd=cmNPbjZVdk9lNldKbjZrOE5VR1ljdz09
Healing Space for Black Students, Staff, and Faculty:
The Stained Glass Initiative is partnering with Diasporic Soul to offer Stopping the Clock: A Remembrance Ritual for Black Loss, Black Love, & Black Life. This culturally restorative ritual includes a multifaceted collection of resources and live communal space for creatively and intentionally acknowledging the loss and honoring the grief of Black people. This ritual will be held June 20, 2020 at 6:00pm EST. More information can be found on the Diasporic Soul website.
A Look Back on the Color of COVID
Bellarmine Chapel and the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice co-sponsored a live-stream conversation about the current situation involving race on Monday, June 1. Initially aiming to address the impacts of COVID-19, the conversation shifted to focus on bringing awareness to the recent protests and racial unrest in the United States. The conversation was moderated by Adam Clark, PhD, of the Department of Theology, and featured activists including Rev. Damon Lynch, Iris Roley, and Rev. Nelson Pierce of the Center for Faith and Justice. Watch the video on YouTube.
All for One,
Dr. Kyra Shahid
Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion