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stained glass initiative

Racial repair and institutional reconciliation concerning slavery

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The Stained Glass Initiative (SGI) is aimed to address Xavier’s historical connections to slavery. The Initiative is the culmination of recommendations put forth by the Working Group on Xavier’s Historical Connections to Slavery and serves as the umbrella enterprise for projects, research, and institutional hires that further the recommendations of the Working Group. The symbolism of stained glass captures the essence of Xavier’s work concerning slavery and racism. Recognizing that our history is stained by slavery, Xavier is committed to institutionalizing racial repair and reconciliation. Just as stained glass admits and reflects light in different ways, the Stained Glass Initiative seeks to acknowledge and perpetuate the diversity of experience and reflection that is needed to envision a better common good. As a creative art form, stained glass brings together different pieces to create a whole. It symbolizes transformation, spirituality and sacred history.

The Stained Glass Initiative includes three advisory boards: the Stained Glass Initiative Implementation Council, the Stained Glass eXperience (Symposium Advisory Council), and the Mosaic Grants Review Council.

stained glass initative members

DR. KYRA SHAHID
CHAIR

DR. KATHLEEN SMYTHE
CO-CHAIR, IMPLEMENTATION COUNCIL

Adrian Parker
SPECIAL ASSISTANT

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Xavier University welcomes 2019-2020 Stained Glass Initiative Artist in Residence: Angela Franklin!

Angela is a Xavier Alumna, having received a BA in Art from the university. As a part of the recommendations put forth by the Working Group on Xavier's Historical Connections to Slavery, Franklin has been commissioned by Xavier as the university's first Artist in Residence.

She will complete three multimedia textile quilts that illustrate Xavier University's historical connections to slavery. Once complete, her work will hang in Conaton Board Room located in Schmidt Hall.

Save the Date: USS Conference 2019: The Academy's Original Sin

Xavier and the University of Cincinnati to present the 2019 Fall Symposium for Universities Studying Slavery (USS). USS is a national educational consortium focused on addressing historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequity in higher education and university communities.

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artist in residence: angela franklin

Xavier University welcomes 2019-2020 Stained Glass Initiative Artist in Residence: Angela Franklin!

Angela is a Xavier Alumna, having received a BA in Art from the university. As a part of the recommendations put forth by the Working Group on Xavier's Historical Connections to Slavery, Franklin has been commissioned by Xavier as the university's first Artist in Residence.

She will complete three multimedia textile quilts that illustrate Xavier University's historical connections to slavery. Once complete, her work will hang in Conaton Board Room located in Schmidt Hall.

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