Saint Mary’s appoints interim director of diversity and inclusion

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_imgSaint Mary’s professor Leslie Wang was appointed interim director of diversity and inclusion in August by College President Jan Cervelli. Wang’s appointment is a temporary installment that involves creating and assisting a task force in its search for a full-time director of diversity and inclusion. President Cervelli said in an email that instituting an interim director of diversity and inclusion and then a full-time director is an “intentional” effort on behalf of the College. “Diversity and inclusivity is a collective responsibility to which we are all accountable, and we want students, faculty and staff to understand our values and commitment coming in the door,” she said. “We cannot overstate the importance of a diverse community, the need to increase it, support it and respect it. We know we have work to do, for example in increasing diversity of our student body and faculty. Engaging Dr. Wang as Saint Mary’s interim director of diversity and inclusion moves us closer towards that goal.”An interim director of diversity and inclusion “is just the beginning” for Saint Mary’s, Cervelli said in the email.“We are not stopping here, and we continue to talk about what we can do to improve,” she said. “We are always looking at what we do in our programming and if there is anything that needs to be changed, we change it. I think that openness and willingness to work together and explore new ideas really has brought us here.”Wang has a Ph.D. in educational sociology with a focus on class, race and gender, and equities in education. He has spent 13 years at Saint Mary’s and, previously, 15 years at the University of Toledo. As interim director, he said his duty is to create a task force to help identify the roles of the full-time director of diversity and inclusion. “Since President Cervelli’s arrival on campus, she and I have had a few formal and informal discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion on campus,” he said. “What she has charged me of doing for this semester, and probably academic year, is to create a task force and chair the task force to define the roles and responsibilities of the director.”Cervelli’s mission for Saint Mary’s has always revolved around the inclusion of diversity, and Wang said his new position is in conjunction with that philosophy. “The reason that this is really important on our campus is because diversity and inclusion is about everyone — every staff member, every faculty member, every student and administrator,” Wang said. “It is also something that all of us can benefit learning more about, especially people who are different from us, people who might not share our life experiences and perspectives.”The goal of the proposed task force, Wang said, is to not only welcome more diversity to campus but to actively foster a diverse environment on campus.“During the academic year, the task force will define much more what the position and office actually does,” he said. “The recruitment of students, faculty, staff and administrators from various backgrounds is important, but just as important is the retention. Retention is often tied to satisfaction, how happy they are and also what is important is professional development so that we can learn much more about groups that are different from us.”This retention is aided through creating an environment that addresses issues of diversity and facilitates an open dialogue about certain institutional and systemic issues, Wang said. “I think, like many campuses across the country, and like our society, there are many aspects of institutional racism, institutional sexism and even institutional elitism,” he said. “And when I talk about institutional racism, institutional sexism, and institutional elitism, some of it is very intentional, very direct, but I also think that a large amount of the racism, sexism and elitism is not necessarily so direct. It’s part of our system, our culture and our belief system. It’s part of our institutional structure that has been built over the decades and centuries, and that’s the harder part to understand.”The ideal director would look to address issues that concern the oppression of all minority groups, Wang said. “I’d look at the future director or office and want this person or persons to assist in terms of addressing issues that devalue groups,” he said. “In terms of students, we often think of diversity as mainly relating to race and ethnicity, but in reality we have first-generation college students, we have graduate students, we have non-traditional age students, LGBT community, etc., so when we talk about historically underrepresented groups, we’re including all those in terms of welcoming them to our campus. Everyone has a right to an education.” Wang said those in the majority should try and “recognize one’s privilege, not in terms of just the individual but also societal and cultural privileges.”“As a male, as someone who is relatively educated in the middle class, as a heterosexual, I realize that, despite the fact that I am a person of color, I have certain privileges,” he said. “There are certain privileges that are granted to me by society, not because I’ve necessarily achieved every single one of them, some of them may be achieved such as my education, but also there are certain advantages based on my ascribed status by being born a male, or the fact that I was born from parents who are middle-class.”Wang said once people recognize their privileges, they can utilize them for good and help make change. “Recognizing one’s privilege means that one is also in a position to slowly and gradually help change society so that groups that do not have the same advantages historically can ‘share in a piece of the pie’ in terms of the benefits,” he said. “It’s like using one’s privilege to work for groups that are oppressed because when members who have privileges voice their opinions or when they speak, their perspectives are viewed as legitimate. People take their perspectives, or ‘what they have to say’ seriously. People are less likely to criticize the life experiences and perspectives of groups that are oppressed when they are supported by the groups that are in power historically.”But recognizing one’s privilege is not always easy, Wang said, so he understands that a student may not overcome their inherent biases right away. “Part of higher education is to learn about perspectives and viewpoints that we may disagree with,” he said. “In terms of taking a class, I don’t expect that students who have taken a class on something relating to diversity will immediately change their views, but I would hope that the student would take different types of classes and learn about perspectives that are different than their own. I wouldn’t say that one’s perspectives are necessarily wrong, but they’re not the only perspectives that are out there and different groups have different experiences or may have lenses that are very different from one’s own.”The goal of the director, Wang said, should be to allow discussion of different perspectives and experiences.“One of the goals [of the director of diversity and inclusion] is to allow for these different experiences and perspectives to be valued as long as the perspectives are not offensive to any groups,” he said.Giving space for minority groups on campus to voice their opinions is only half the battle, Wang said, as those part of the tri-campus community may be seen as having inherent privileges that hinder the inclusion of those outside the tri-campus community. “The campuses of Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross are probably seen by many who live in South Bend and Mishawaka as gated communities in many ways — we are private, Catholic, liberal arts and probably seen as elitist from the community perspective,” he said. “I also think that colleges and universities should have an interest in supporting the community in which it is located. This also means ‘breaking down the barriers’ as there has to be a lot of learning, growing and working together between the campuses and the community.”Wang said learning to co-exist with those who are different and engaging in open dialogue in a multicultural environment is a necessary part of becoming a well-rounded, global citizen.“The reason that learning about various life experiences and perspectives different from our own is really important, for everyone, because we need this knowledge and the skills in order to interact and work in a multicultural society, in a global society,” he said. And, Cervelli said, living in a multicultural society requires a great deal of empathy that can be achieved through listening to and learning from others. “It’s really hard to tell someone you don’t believe in racism when you have a student, faculty or staff member of color sitting in front of you telling you how it has impacted their entire life,” she said.Addressing diversity opens the door to fairness and equality, Wang said. “I always think that, without diverse life experiences and perspectives, we really cannot talk about equity — fairness really doesn’t exist without diversity,” he said.Tags: Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, fairness, Leslie Wang, President Cervellilast_img read more

Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez Dies

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_img Former Venezuelan president Carlos Andrés Pérez, who survived two coups d’état but left office before the end of his term after being convicted on corruption charges, died in the United States on Saturday, 25 December, of a heart attack at the age of eighty-eight, family members said. Pérez, who governed Venezuela from 1974 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1993, suffered a stroke that left him partially incapacitated in 2003. “With deep sorrow, we communicate the death of our loved one, Carlos Andrés Pérez, who died today (Saturday) in the city of Miami,” a statement released by his family said. The former president, known as “El Gocho” – as Venezuelans from the Andean region are called -, had been out of the country since 1999. Before taking up residence in the United States, he lived in the Dominican Republic, from which he was unsuccessfully sought for extradition. Pérez is the only sitting Venezuelan president to have been removed from office by judicial action and the first in the region to be convicted on corruption charges. The current mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, a former party comrade of Pérez, lamented his death and referred to him as “a democratic fighter through and through, a man determined to defend his ideas.” By Dialogo December 28, 2010last_img read more

Draymond Green on Warriors’ 0-2 start: ‘I’ve got to do better’

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — From high school to the NBA, Draymond Green has been a part of winning teams at every level. What the 29-year-old Warriors forward is going through now is new to him.The Warriors have started a season 0-2 for the first time since the 2009-10 season, two years before Green’s NBA debut. After five straightFinals appearances, roster turnover has contributed to the early struggles on the court. Green knew building cohesion with nine new teammates would take time, but his patience …last_img

SA banks on competitiveness

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img19 October 2009 South Africa is ranked 45th out of 134 countries in the World Economic Forum’s recently released Global Competitiveness Index for 2009/10. While this is the same position it held in 2008/09, the country’s banking system soared in the rankings, from 24th to fifth in the world. Conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with leading academics and a global network of research institutes, the index calculates its rankings from publicly available data and an annual poll of over 12 000 business leaders worldwide. The index is based on 12 “pillars of competitiveness”, namely: institutions; infrastructure; macroeconomic stability; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; financial market sophistication; technological readiness; market size; business sophistication; and innovation. At 45th overall, South Africa remains the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa in 2009/10, with what the WEF describes as “a stable performance compared with last year. “The country continues to benefit from the large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards (it is ranked 24th in the market size pillar).”‘Strong confidence in SA’s financial markets’ South Africa’s jump to 5th place overall for its banking system indicates “strong confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust has been eroded in many other parts of the world,” the WEF says. South Africa also does well on such measures as intellectual property protection (24th place overall), accountability of private institutions (5th), and goods market efficiency (35th). The country does “reasonably well” on more complex measures, such as business sophistication (36th place) and innovation (41st), where it benefited from good scientific research institutions (ranked 29th) and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation (ranked 25th). At the same time, the WEF says, South Africa’s competitiveness would be enhanced by tackling “some enduring weaknesses”.Labour market inefficiency Chief among these is the country’s labour market efficiency, for which it ranks 90th, dragged down by inflexible hiring and firing practices (125th place), lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (123rd), and poor labour-employer relations (121st). A university enrollment rate of only 15 percent (94th place) threatens to undermine SA’s innovative potential, says the WEF. And South Africa’s infrastructure (45th place), although good by regional standards, requires upgrading. “In this light, the improvements in transport infrastructure related to the 2010 World Cup is a welcome development that should reinforce South Africa’s competitiveness.” Other important obstacles to doing business in South Africa, says the WEF, is the “poor security situation. “The business costs of crime and violence (133rd place) and the sense that the police are unable to provide protection from crime (106th) do not contribute to an environment that fosters competitiveness.” Another major concern remains the health of South Africa’s workforce (127th place), the result of “high rates of communicable diseases and poor health indicators more generally.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Graça Machel is a heroine in her own right

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img“Can we claim in all earnestness to love our children if we do not give the most serious attention to preventing a world that has more than enough resources from dividing ever more deeply between rich and poor?” – Graça Machel (Image: Graça Machel Trust) Graça Machel Trust +27 11 325 0501 [email protected] • Graça Machel – freedom fighter for life • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • Mandela and the making of a woman • ‘Goodness exists – greatness is possible, within a human being’ • Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include womenSulaiman PhilipGraça Machel has been the wife and partner of two of Africa’s most revered liberation heroes, men lauded for their courage and willingness to sacrifice for causes greater than themselves. Yet the woman with whom Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela shared their lives is an accomplished woman in her own right.The publicity-shy widow has been a dignified and formidable advocate for children’s rights since the early 1970s, when she helped Mozambican liberation movement Frelimo set up schools in exile in Tanzania. She is also the author of a ground-breaking 1996 UN report – Impact of Armed Conflict on Children – that highlighted the victimisation of children in conflict zones.Machel’s passion has been, always, working to improve the lot of African children. In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper in 2012, Machel explained her lifelong dedication to children’s rights. As her eyes met those of a mother at an aid station in Sierra Leone they both quietly acknowledged that the child the unknown woman cradled would not live through the night. Even as medical staff tried desperately to save the child, she would become another innocent victim of the violence plaguing Africa.The two women acknowledged that there was no hope for the child. “And we are two mothers and there is nothing we could do, because the child had come too late to the feeding centre. It was too late. I remember very well, I couldn’t even get up out of the place. I leaned into the door and I was sobbing because I just couldn’t take it.“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”Focus on educationThe daughter of a missionary, Graça Sambine was born weeks after her missionary father’s death in the village of Incadine in Gaza Province of what was then Portuguese East Africa, in 1945. On his death bed he extracted a promise from his wife that unlike most girls in Mozambique at the time, she would be given an education.Her school years were spent at Methodist missionary schools before she earned a place at the University of Lisbon to study languages. While in the Portuguese city she became politicised; she joined Frelimo and became a person of interest to the Portuguese security services. Machel fled to Switzerland before making her way back to Mozambique as teacher in 1973, via Tanzania.On her return she met Frelimo leader Samora Machel. They married in 1975, the year he became president and she became minister of culture and education. As a minister and a young mother, she was driven to improve the lot of and prospects for all of Mozambique’s children. Despite the civil war, Machel implemented the Frelimo promise of universal education and between 1975 and 1985 school enrolment improved from 40% of the population to 90% for boys and 75% for girls. Graça was widely credited with being a moderating influence over her firebrand Marxist husband, Samora Machel. (Image: GCIS)Machel changed the world for Mozambique’s girl children. She can see it in the number of highly visible and successful women in business and politics, in school and university. “I had to begin to ask questions and say this is not right. It can’t be right. Something has to be changed. And then I became really engaged,” she told The Guardian.“If we have intelligence, imagination and the ability to dream, things can happen.” Graca MachelThe United Nations Nansen Medal is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding humanitarian service. In 1995, the medal was awarded to Machel and a year later she was urged to run for secretary-general of the UN. In 1996, there were 47 million illiterate children in Africa and 53 million were not even attending school. At the time the plight of Africa’s children was not a priority to the world body, so Machel declined, saying strategically: “There is no political will. So what would I do there?”A death and a marriageAmong the messages of condolences Machel received when Samora Machel’s plane crashed in October 1986, was one from Nelson Mandela. Machel replied to him: “From within your vast prison you brought a ray of light in my hour of darkness.”During their union she was more than Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s imagined shoulder to cry on and a companion to bring Mandela his slippers. She is a fiery, free-spirited woman who fights for the causes in which she believes. Madiba was the first to admit the important role she played in his life. “I’m in love with a remarkable lady. I don’t regret the reverses and setbacks because late in my life I am blooming like a flower, because of the love and support she has given me.” Twilight love brought peace and happiness to Madiba and Machel. “Alone I am weak,” he said in praise of Machel. (Image: courtship, and marriage in 1998, was warmly welcomed by the South African public, but in Mozambique blessing was long in coming. Machel is tied to a very specific time in her country’s history and to a man many see as their liberator. As a friend said of their union: “She just can’t marry him. She belongs to Samora and to Mozambique.”But their relationship was more than just companionship in retirement. They shared the same ideals, especially a commitment to the rights of children. When Madiba spoke of the second mountain to climb, he meant ending child poverty; it was he challenge he took on with his able wife.Child povertyIt was her talents that allowed the couple to convince finance ministers and bankers that debt relief would release funds for education and children’s health programmes. A year later they shepherded a $15-billion programme, funded by the UK, designed to send every African child to school. Through her work with The Elders she has highlighted the immorality of child marriage through the Girls Not Brides programme.Machel still visits her home village; she talks to the women she grew up with who have survived war and poverty. She visits their children and grandchildren and is reminded that her work is far from done. As she does across Africa, she has found that women are still second-class citizens and millions remain illiterate. “I gave my youthful years to a cause that has not been completely fulfilled,” she lamented. “I thought we’d have eradicated illiteracy by now. The only single difference which made my life different from them is because my mother and my siblings invested in my education.”As her mourning period following the death of Mandela comes to an end, Machel will return once again to the sort of charitable programmes that helped a young mother deal with her grief in 1986. Now, as then, she will find fulfilment in programmes like her Foundation for Community Development, a small charity that gives grants and loans to women and farmers.Machel’s life’s work has been honoured with a long list of awards; the one closest to her heart is the Children’s Champion award she shared with Mandela. She will continue the work they began together to guarantee universal education and end child poverty. Not because she wants to reach the summit Madiba did not, but because it is a passion that has shaped her life as well. “Our voices amplify the voices of those who otherwise might not be heard in certain spaces.” – Graça Machel. (Image: GCIS)last_img read more

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Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

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Orioles Crush Yanks’ Playoff Hopes

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgBALTIMORE — Joe Girardi has endured all kinds of anguish this season, yet his latest disappointment was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.For the first time since Girardi became the manager of the Yankees, New York dropped both ends of a doubleheader Sept. 12, losing twice to the Baltimore Orioles to fall five games off the pace in the hunt for the AL’s final wild-card berth.Bud Norris struck out 10 in seven innings as Baltimore won 5-0 to complete the sweep. In the first game of the day-night doubleheader, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning for a 2-1 victory.Since the start of the 2000 season, the Yankees have played 37 doubleheaders, including this one. The only other time they dropped both games was on Sept. 17, 2006, against Boston.Four of New York’s last five losses have been by two runs or fewer.Girardi, who arrived in 2008, said, “A day like today is no fun. We were only three or four hits from winning eight out of 10. You get those hits and three or four pitches, as well, it makes a big difference.”Ah, but the Yankees scored only one run in 20 innings, and that’s not going to mount to much against a team that’s running away from the competition in the AL East.“You have to score runs,” Girardi said. “We’re pretty beat up right now, but you have to keep fighting. It’s that time of the season.”Orioles slugger Chris Davis began a 25-game suspension without pay for a positive test for an amphetamine. The suspension will cover the final 17 games of the regular season and run into the playoffs, or perhaps into 2015.Undeterred, Baltimore extended its winning streak to a season-high six games, moved a season-best 29 games over .500 (88-59) and increased its lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East to 11 1/2 games. The Orioles lowered their magic number for clinching the division to five.Norris (13-8) struck out 10 and walked two in improving to 3-0 against the Yankees this season. He outpitched Bryan Mitchell (0-1), who allowed two runs and six hits over five innings in his first big league start.“I only gave up two runs, but I wish I could have done better,” he said.Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Ryan Flaherty doubled in a run and scored on a triple by Alejandro De Aza. In the seventh, Delmon Young hit a two-run single off David Phelps following three straight walks.That was enough to saddle the punchless Yankees with their 10th loss in 13 games against the Orioles this season.In the opener, after Chris Young homered off Brad Brach (7-1) in the top of the 11th, Baltimore countered in the bottom half against Adam Warren (3-6).Two walks sandwiched around a hit batter loaded the bases for Paredes, pinch hitting for Jonathan Schoop. He drove the first pitch into the right-field corner.Brandon McCarthy blanked Baltimore on four hits over seven-plus innings in a duel with rookie Kevin Gausman, who allowed seven hits over seven innings.The opener was a makeup of the rainout on Aug. 12.The crowd was kept entertained by a series of fly-overs by the Blue Angels, who repeatedly circled the stadium while practicing for a ceremony at nearby Fort McHenry to mark the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner.At one point, McCarthy paused briefly on the mound to check out the action.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Work on Western Children’s Hospital to Begin by May

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Eight arrested for flesh trade

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Eight persons, including two customers, were apprehended on Tuesday night from a brothel which used to operate in disguise of a luxurious spa.Out of the three girls who were engaged in the business two are from Thailand. According to sources, on Tuesday evening the anti-human trafficking squad of Kolkata Police got a source information about a sex racket being operated under the banner of a spa identified as The Thai Retreat. Based on the information, police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand sometimes before proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. As per the contract two Thai girls came to the city in tourist visa and were allegedly engaged as sex workers. Apart from the two customers, the manager, assistant manager and a pimp was were also arrested on Tuesday night. However, police came to know that there are several spa and beauty parlours are running across the city which run sex rackets. Thai girls working as sex workers is a new trend which was completely unknown to the police. After finding out the details, police are checking with the spas in the city in order to put an end to flesh trade.last_img read more

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