Responding to Racism: A Lasallian Dialogue, a livestream event, will take place June 25 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, in response to the call for racial justice on our campuses and in our world today following the killing of George Floyd. The Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities (LACU) is leading this dialogue, in collaboration with the Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference and three of the Districts in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN): District of Eastern North America, Midwest District and District of San Francisco New Orleans.
At this online dialogue, four Lasallian educators—a global languages professor, a multicultural affairs director, a Christian ethics professor and a chief diversity officer—will help participants understand and learn how to act in response to systemic racism. Questions before and during the event will be accepted at LACU@cbconf.org.
Responding to Racism: A Lasallian Dialogue is a direct initiative of Lasallians acting in response to systemic racism. It expands upon recent dialogues and actions that have taken place each year since 2017, with LACU faculty, staff and administrators gathering at the Lasallian Higher Education Colloquies on Racial Justice to explore intersections between Lasallian heritage and racial justice issues on campus with one goal being to shape Lasallian responses to racial justice moving forward. It also responds to the 45th General Chapter, which called on colleges and universities to “bring about greater mission effectiveness in Lasallian universities in coordination with the Districts and [Colleges and Universities] in terms of Lasallian charism, and stewardship of financial, material and human resources in aid of the Lasallian mission” and to “develop mutually beneficial projects between institutions of higher education and their District.” (Circular 469, 3.22)
Top photo: Courtesy Peg Hodapp, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis