Statement From the College
Dear members of the SLU CAS community,
These acts of violence horrify and grieve us, and they provide a vivid and immediate reminder of the grave and deadly consequences of racism, bigotry, and hate in our country. We acknowledge the anguish and despair that many of us are feeling right now. To our Black students and colleagues, we recognize this is a part of your everyday lived experience and want to acknowledge the pain and exhaustion you must feel. There are no words to say that will make this better; we can simply say that we hear you, we value you and we stand with you.
We are a College of Arts and Sciences at a Jesuit University. We rightly claim to be central to Saint Louis University’s Mission. It is a Mission that calls us to not just be for those on society’s margins, but to be with them. Our Mission calls us to educate our students and ourselves about society’s great injustices, and make certain we all understand the responsibility to be part of the solution. We know we have been down this road before, too many times. We know that words are not enough, but we cannot be silent in the face of injustice and racism and oppression. As President Pestello said in his message today, institutional leaders are working with students toward intentional next steps.
Please know that we are here for you, despite our physical distance.
Michael Lewis, Provost
Donna LaVoie, Interim Dean
Gary Barker, April Trees, Associate Deans
College of Arts and Sciences
Message from the Chairs and Directors
The chairs and directors support the Message to the SLU Community of Chris Tinson, Ph.D.
- Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement
- Clocktower Accords
- The Institute for Healing, Justice and Equity
Need to organize a specialized workshop for your department or program? Contact Gina.Merys@slu.edu.
- Why Talk About Race in the Classroom (Reinert)
- Three Resources to Help for Anti-Racist Teaching and Course Design (Reinert)
- AAUP on Reducing Racism in the Classroom
- Inclusive Course Design (Reinert)
- Culturally Responsive Teaching Blog (Reinert) Review of Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, Thousand Oaks, 2015.
- Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources (Reinert) Review of Cia Verschelden’s Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, Stylus Pub., 2017.
- Ash, A. N.; Hill, R.; Risdon, S. and Jun, A. (2020) "Anti-Racism in Higher Education: A Model for Change," Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice: Vol. 4 : No. 3
- Cole, C.E. (2017) Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Higher Education: Teaching so That Black Lives Matter. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36 (8) pp. 736–750.
- Haynes, C. (2017). Dismantling the White supremacy embedded in our classrooms: White faculty in pursuit of more equitable educational outcomes. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(1), 87-107
- Haynes, C., & Patton, L. D. (2019). From Racial Resistance to Racial Consciousness: Engaging White STEM Faculty in Pedagogical Transformation. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 22(2), 85–98.
- Pedagogies of Care: Open Resources for Student-Centered and Adaptive Strategies in the New Higher-Ed Landscape (Victoria Mondelli and Thomas J. Tobin, collection editors, 2020)
- The Diversity and Inclusion Journal Club in Biology
The club has two focuses: learning about ways to make science more inclusive and implementing change personally and broadly in the department and at SLU.
Got a related upcoming event? Send it to Jeremy.Nagle@slu.edu.