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IX.20

June 11, 2020

At our two Community Dialogue gatherings last week – and over the past several days – students, alumni, faculty, and staff of color shared the struggles they have endured at Regis and beyond. We can do better and I am committed to taking action so that we will do better. The senior leadership team at Regis has developed a list of immediate action items, including the following:

  • This summer we will implement expanded, required learning opportunities for all faculty, staff, and trustees so they can better support and serve our diverse student population.
  • Similar opportunities will be made available to students throughout their entire time at Regis.
  • I have asked the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, and the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence to review our search and hiring process, and develop steps to increase the diversity of our faculty and staff.
  • The President’s Inclusive Excellence Council, which includes representatives from across the Regis community, is developing a strategic plan to advance inclusive excellence for all. This plan will make certain Regis continues to move forward and is held accountable.
  • I am charging our academic leaders to examine Regis’ entire educational portfolio – from the courses we offer to how we teach them – and address any issues of racism and inequity. We will ensure that at every stage of their education, every Regis student is treated with dignity and respect, and has all the tools to achieve success in their chosen major and career.
  • The Center for Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Ministry and Service will continue to provide safe spaces for students, alumni, faculty, and staff to gather and discuss their experiences with racism.
  • We will work with the Student Government Association, the Multicultural Student Association, and other student leaders to provide greater opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and remote students to serve on decision-making bodies at Regis.
  • I am committed to working with the Regis Archives to ensure the entirety of Regis’ history and our students’ experiences are documented so as to better inform our future.
  • The Office of Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement, in conjunction with the Center for Inclusive Excellence, will work to bring together our robust and influential community of alumni of color by creating an Affinity Group and increasing representation on the Alumni Council.
  • We will devote this year’s Founders’ Day to a day-long community dialogue on racism, equity, and social justice.

I want to assure you all that these are just first steps and are in no way enough. We will continue to work to effectuate real, institutional change to address systemic inequities on campus and better the experience for our students, alumni, faculty, and staff of color. Please continue to speak up. If you want to talk directly to me or someone else at Regis, let us know and we will connect you. Read the entire commitment to do better statement.

Student News

I am proud to share that Patricia Normandin '10, DNP alum and current emergency department staff RN and nurse researcher at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, was asked to provide a guest editorial on forensics in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has been hired by the Journal as Clinical Editor. Here is her recent article.

I'm sharing with you a wonderful experience by Cheryl Murphy, RN, in our Community Health Services.

"My doorbell just rang and much to my surprise was student Bridget Colburn '20. We had a very nice, social distance visit. She presented me with a beautiful thank you card and a custom made Regis bracelet. Although this bracelet is so beautiful, her most cherished gift to me was her appreciation and love for Regis. She mentioned that her sister, a rising senior, is interested in Regis for nursing. She said that she hopes her sister pursues Regis, because the community cares so much for their students, and goes above and beyond. She recalled the evening, four years ago, when I hand-delivered her Regis acceptance. She also recalled receiving a call from Dan Leahy checking in on how she was adjusting to remote learning during COVID-19. She said that her brother got no such call from his college, nor was his acceptance hand-delivered. She continued to sing praises of Regis, and this coming from an alum who still has clinical hours to complete due to the abrupt halt. Instead of complaining she chose to appreciate the hidden gem. I just wanted to share this Regis Shines moment with you." Thank you for sharing Cheryl and I'm especially grateful for Bridget's kindness.

Faculty and Staff News

Please join me in congratulating members of our Office of Residence Life for being elected to serve on the 2020-21 Boston Area College Housing Association (BACHA) board: Jim Wildason, assistant director/area coordinator, Stanley Onyeneho, residence director for Angela Hall. Stanley is a member-at-large supporting residence life programming that serves the greater Boston area and Jim will be transitioning from president-elect to president of the organization.

Edna Pressler, instructional designer, was elected to the board of directors for the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC). The organization is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of faculty and administrators who are committed to excellence in teaching and learning. Her term runs from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023.

Shari Litch Gray, associate professor of biology, has been awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grant by the New England Faculty Development Consortium to study “The Role of Independent Study Using Animal Model Research in Preparing Undergraduates in Biology.” Congratulations, Shari!

And Congratulations Jackie MacDonald, ABA program director and director of the Autism Center, and Diana Parry-Cruwys, assistant professor of ABA, for publishing an article in Behavior Analysis in Practice, an official journal of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, titled "Using gamification to promote accurate data entry of practicum experience hours in graduate students."

The next edition of President's Notes will be out June 25, 2020.