Siena strives to embody the vision and values of St. Francis of Assisi, including his commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane. We must recommit to strengthening the bonds of racial justice to fulfill that mission and ensure people of color in our community feel safe, accepted, appreciated and affirmed. This effort starts with education and conversation. It requires action.
As these messages have been shared with the community, many of you have reached out to share your stories, perspective and ideas. President-elect Dr. Gibson has said that pursuing justice will be a priority for his administration, which begins on July 1. Your input is valuable and important to informing the initiatives to come.
Town Halls with Dr. Gibson
For Current Saints: Wednesday, July 15; 7 p.m.
For Faculty and Staff: Thursday, July 16; 3 p.m
(Details and sign up will be sent via email)
Friday, June 19
This annual holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and a celebration of independence, freedom, human rights and civil rights. Siena marked Juneteenth 2020 by sharing educational resources on social media and calling for a day of reflection.
Through Trauma Towards Trust
Tuesday, June 16
A Zoom group for students of color.
Bells of Remembrance Prayer Service
Monday, June 15
Our community came together for a prayer service to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God as we work to strengthen the bonds of racial justice on our campus and beyond.
View the service
Below are some resources that will help us all to listen and learn. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but is representative of ideas put forth by so many of you who have reached out.
The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine
“The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it,” Brian Masingle, National Catholic Reporter
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?,” Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
- How To Be An Antiracist, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- White Like Me, Tim Wise
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Dear White People, Netflix
If Beale Street Could Talk, Hulu
Just Mercy, Selma — free to rent in June