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Good Trouble Conversations on Race and Justice

Students, faculty and staff: Join us for moderated but open and free discussions about current race and justice topics and how we can effect positive change. To join, email diverse@regis.edu for Zoom information. Participants will receive a special "Get into Good Trouble" t-shirt.

This Fall's Topics and Dates:

  • 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, via Zoom: Homelessness in Denver: Causes, Innovative Solutions and How You Can Help
  • 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, Becoming an Anti-racist Institution
  • 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, St. John Francis Regis Chapel: How Important is it to Dream Together?
    Presenter: Olga Marina Segura, author of Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church

Last spring's conversations:

These conversations are inspired by the late Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, who passed away in 2020. Lewis, who was beaten by police during the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, called on people to "get in good trouble, necessary trouble and redeem the soul of America." He called on young people to speak out, be persistent, and be non-violent in demanding transformational societal change.

You must find a way to get in the way and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. You have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, when you leave here, to go out and seek justice for all. You can do it. You must do it.
John Lewis, speech to college graduates, 2016.

Community Forum on Race and Justice

We've been here many times before, but this moment feels different. The scale of protests; the intensity of pain being shared by the Black community; the expressions of support and allyship from other historically marginalized communities and white citizens; and the tenor of the calls for justice from public figures, faith leaders, and educational institutions—these give me hope. These forces are pushing us all to reckon with America's original sin of racism and its institutions, policies, and attitudes.

As an American historian, I look to the past to make sense of the present and to hope for the future. Our history is filled with moments of opportunity that we squandered. Moments when we had the chance to prioritize the promises of our founding documents and we didn't. Moments when justice-minded folks almost found unity, but then didn't. Moments when we created programs for change, but then forgot to listen to those most affected by them. My hope is that we seize this moment and come together in the long, hard work of justice and resist the forces that try to divide us. My hope is that we all use our privilege to amplify voices that are all-too-often silenced or ignored in the flurry of activity and emotions of moments like this.

Thank you to all who contributed their words of wisdom and strength here. Making our voices heard collectively is the first step in this movement. Please take a moment to read the messages from our diverse community, then explore our collection of resources to learn about these issues for yourself. I encourage you to reflect on and discern how we can make, seek, and achieve justice together.

Nicki Gonzales, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of History, Regis College

Hear Prof. Gonzales discuss historic monuments on Colorado Public Radio

A New Racial Profile

"A New Racial Profile," monotype/silkscreen by Professor Tony Ortega.

Voices

2021

Message from the President: Stand against anti-Asian hate

Regis College Faculty Senate: You are a critical, valuable and indispensable part of the Regis Community

 

Asian Student Alliance: We plead for recognition

Regis University Student Government Association (RUSGA): This racism did not begin with the virus

2020

Message from the President: Regis University stands with you

Black Student Alliance: Here we are again. And again. And again.

Barbara J. Wilcots: Do you see me?

Giselle Garcia: Colorblindness is dangerous

Amadia Al-Amin: Feeling unsafe doing ordinary things

Patrick I. Romero-Aldaz: As an institution, we must live our mission

 

Fr. Fernando Álvarez-Lara, S.J.: We are asking for breath

Regis University Student Government Association (RUSGA): Through dialogue we affect positive change

Janet Houser: We can be the light

Asian Student Alliance: The model minority myth

Nicki Gonzales: We can't afford to fail this time

Christopher Pramuk: Elijah McClain, Pray for Us

Actions

Regis University supports the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence (ODEIE), which reports directly to the chief academic officer.

Its many activities include (many in collaboration with campus partners):

  • Anti-bias training  (Introduction to Inclusivity) 
  • Brave Space training 
  • Diverse hiring training 
  • Bias reporting system and a Bias Incident Response Team 
  • Diversity committees in every college and the library 
  • Scholarships for underrepresented groups 
  • Student affinity groups (SOMOS, Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Alliance, Queer Student Alliance. Social Justice and Diversity Committee) 
  • Annual Hate Crimes Forum 
  • Summer reading groups on issues of race and diversity for staff 
  • Monthly educational emails 
  • Common Read: One Book, One Regis program, dedicated to issues of racism and inclusivity 
  • ODEIE office space and student lounge in the Student Center (second floor)

ODEIE is preparing a proposal for an Ethnic Studies certificate pending approval by Regis Academic Council.  In the meantime, the following courses will be offered for both traditional and adult learners:

Fall 8W1—African American History  

Fall 8W2—Asian American History  

Spring 8W1—Mexican American History  

Spring 8W2—American Indian History  

In addition, during Black History Month in February 2021Regis will offer a free online 5-week class in African American History.

Group prayer at BLM protest
Father speaking at BLM protest
Regis staff at BLM protest
Regis staff at BLM protest

The Regis community, led by RUSGA officers, demonstrated for the Black Lives Matter movement at the Colorado statehouse in June. Regis President Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., and other Jesuit priests joined the protest and led prayers. (Photos by Bear Gutierrez)