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Week of Reflection on Race Relations Set for March 1-8

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On the heels of a celebration of Black History Month, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, has invited the University community to observe March 1 through 8 as the University’s Week of Reflection on Race Relations in America.

The week can serve as a time for faculty to engage students in in-class discussions of race relations, and for the Office of Multicultural Affairs to offer events for both resident and commuter students, he said.

To launch the weeklong reflection, Father McShane will deliver a special Mass on Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m. in the University Church.

“In the past few months, a series of highly charged events have both shaken our country and called into question our resolve to create and to live as a nation distinguished by racial equality, harmony, and mutual respect,” said Father McShane. “Since we are members of a Jesuit university community, we are called to work for justice and national healing in a special way.

“Indeed, we are challenged to examine the causes of racial inequality, to identify remedies, and to engage in transforming acts of mediation and reconciliation.”

Other events include:

3/2 – Undoing Racism Collective Community Gathering, 12:45 p.m. @Rose Hill – Flom Auditorium
@Lincoln Center, LL 708
3/2 – Hunger Banquet, 6 p.m., McGinley Center, Room 237, Rose Hill rsvp: http://goo.gl/urJtpY

3/4 – Diversity Leadership in a Global Society conference, 12:30 p.m., McGinley Center, Rose Hill

3/5 – Film showing of Fruitvale Station, 5:30 p.m., Keating 3rd, Rose Hill. email csjrh@fordham.edu

All events are free.

— Janet Sassi

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