The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story
4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7
Join us for a viewing of the documentary, The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story, and post commentary by the producer Denetra Hampton. The story is hailed out of Staten Island, New York and tells the untold heroism of African American nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with tuberculosis, when there was no cure and white nurses refused.
The documentary gives a focused perspective from the life of Black Angel, Marjorie Tucker Reed, while sharing intimate conversations with Marjorie and her nursing journey before her death, during production. With an ensemble of characters, the documentary pays homage to the contributions of these nurses to medicine, science and research.
A Screening of the Tower Road Bus
4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8
On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium, there will be a screening of the documentary The Tower Road Bus. Directed by Professor Mike Streissguth of Le Moyne’s communications and film studies department, the documentary details the experiences of students, teachers and administrators on the frontlines of public school integration in Prince George’s County in Maryland during the 1970s. Attending the screening will be 89-year-old Dotson Burns Jr., the first African-American principal of an all-white public school in Prince George's County, which was the largest school district in the United States during the 1960 and 1970s. Burns, who is featured prominently in the documentary, was a pioneer in school integration. In 1959, he began his distinguished career in education in the Washington D.C. area, serving on the frontlines of public school integration as the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision (1954) began to take effect in the region. In Prince George’s County, Maryland, he taught at a segregated elementary school and, later, was often called upon to be among the first to integrate the teaching ranks in previously all-white schools. Eva Williams, director of retention for the Syracuse City School District and a former principal in the district, will join Mr. Burns for a conversation following the screening.
Insights from the Heights: Creating a Culture of Belonging
12 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20
- Barbara Karper HA ‘07, Associate Provost for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (Moderator)
- Todd Corley ‘91, SVP, Inclusion, Sustainability & Community at Carhartt
- Giavonni Lucas ‘95, SVP, Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Nationwide Insurance
- Josephine Martinez ‘10, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - People and Culture at the NFL
Open, honest, and productive conversations about DEI in the workplace create an environment of belonging in which employees feel seen, valued, and respected for who they are. Research has shown that diverse teams are smarter, more innovative, and generate more revenue. Yet many organizations are not having these conversations. Join us to hear from a panel of experts who will share how they work within their organizations to promote conversations and learning opportunities in the DEI space. The panelists will share how their Jesuit education helped them prepare for their roles and offer advice on how we can all be advocates to assure that all are seen and heard. Register for the webinar at this link.