St. Bonaventure University will host several speakers and movies this semester as part of its IDEAL (Inclusion, Dignity, Equity, Action and Love) programming.
“Our IDEAL planning committee campaign’s sub theme is ‘MLK50: We Win with Love.’ This semester, a variety of programs will be offered that challenge students, staff, faculty, and other members of the SBU community to ask themselves in what ways we can come together as a community, especially when we have so much to divide us,” said Parker Suddeth, coordinator for the Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, the university will welcome Jodi Merriday, Ph.D., as the Back History Month keynote speaker. The program will begin at 8 p.m. in the Reilly Center Café.
Merriday is a social justice ambassador and multicultural/diversity trainer who has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. She is a highly skilled facilitator who has the capacity to unpack difference, increase cultural literacy and bridge understanding of racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia using social justice, diplomacy, hip hop/rap and popular culture as a lens.
On Thursday, April 5, Danica Roem, ’06, will be the featured speaker for the Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium.
On Monday, April 9, School of Education Forum Keynote Speaker Kriner Cash, Ed.D., superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, will deliver an address about education in spite of poverty. The time and location of that talk will be announced.
Also this semester, the Student Government Association will sponsor the screening of two films.
“Remember The Titans” will be shown at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry. The movie is the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
The movie “Iron Jawed Angels” will be shown Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the McGinley-Carney Center. In this film, defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
As part of a Civil Discourse Discussion Series, the program “#MeToo: A Civil Discourse,” will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center. Students are invited to explore the movement that has significantly changed dialogue around sexual harassment and sexual assault. The program will be moderated by Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of Graduate Studies at St. Bonaventure.
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