The Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS) at St. John’s University has deep roots in the Catholic Church…While many of the Center’s activities link the University to local communities and the Church of Metropolitan New York, its reach extends to numerous national and international projects.
This Webex lecture series aims to explore the inequity and exclusion that women of color experience in the different streams of modern culture. Each presentation is followed by a discussion.
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021Time: 7–8:30 p.m. EST (Webex)
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In her recent book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table (2019), Minda Harts provides a deeper understanding of strategies that women of color can implement to overcome barriers to success as she unpacks the politics, put names on the prejudices, and pushes personal promotion. We welcome Ms. Harts, founder and C.E.O of The Memo, LLC as she engages in a discussion moderated by Joan Ball, Ph.D. and followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC and an award-winning and best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Minda is a Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and hosts a live weekly podcast called Secure the Seat. In 2020, Minda was named the #1 Top Voice for Equity in the workplace by Linkedin. She is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The NY Times, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, and Bloomberg on topics such as Managing Diverse Teams, Courageous Leadership, and advancing women of color in the workplace. www.mindaharts.com
Dr. Joan Ball is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Founder of the WOMB Service Design Lab, a participatory action research and service design consultancy based in New York. Joan's research, teaching and consulting has a strong focus on service design, consumer behavior and how best to create service systems and processes that result in business success, social impact and human wellbeing.
Dr. Stephanie Shaw received her doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership. She currently works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Marketing Department of the Tobin College of Business and has taught courses in Marketing Strategy and Principles of Marketing. Dr. Shaw is also an Administrator in the Office of University Mission at St. John's University.
As a result of Dr. Shaw's commitment to student engagement, retention, and mentoring, she volunteers as a mentor with nonnative English-speaking international students through the Conversation Partners Program and the ASPIRE Mentor Program at St. John's University. Dr. Shaw is also the liaison for the McNair Scholars Program at St. John's University, which is a graduate school preparation project for first-generation/income-eligible college students and individuals underrepresented in graduate education.
Dr. Shaw has published in the International Journal of Business and Applied Sciences in her research area "Resilience as a Predictor of Variations in Freshmen Retention." Her research is also cited on the Resilience Center's website. She is a member of several organizations, including but not limited to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Dr. Shaw is an active member of the University's first bias response team, RESPECT, and the Tobin Equity & Inclusion Task Force.
Ayanna Ibarra is a first-generation graduate of the Peter J. Tobin School of Business at St. John’s University with a B.S. in Marketing and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. with a dual concentration in Marketing Management and International Business. With a demonstrated history of working in marketing and a passion for travel, food, and wine she has begun a career in the wine industry and contributes to highlighting and uplifting underrepresented groups in the industry.
Date: Monday, November 16, 2020Time: 7–8:30 p.m. EST (Webex)
Racial categories feel tangible, but as we know from genetics, they are no more rooted in biology than they were hundreds of years ago when they were arbitrarily invented by European Enlightenment scientists who were affected by the politics of their time—a time in which women were also told they were intellectually inferior. Yet, scientific myths about human difference live on today in disturbing ways. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their lazy use of old-fashioned categories, inappropriately invoke these false ideas. How do we break them down? More importantly, how do we build a scientific community that challenges prejudices rather than perpetuates them?
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Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programs on the BBC, and her writings appear in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic, and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: the Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature, and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into 13 languages. Ms. Saini has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Oxford and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit www.angelasaini.co.uk.
Dr. Manouchkathe Cassagnol is a tenured Associate Clinical professor in the Clinical Health Professions Department, as well as, the Assistant Dean of Community Engagement, Equity and Belonging for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She also serves as the Founding Director of the Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion (ACEI). In conjunction with her faculty appointment, she is also a Clinical Specialist for Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). Dr. Cassagnol received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She then completed American Society of Health Systems Pharmacist (ASHP)-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacotherapy residencies at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She later completed a Drug Interactions Editorial Fellowship at the Medical Letter Inc. Dr. Cassagnol is board certified as both as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Cardiology Pharmacist and was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Cassagnol frequently speaks on the topic of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy to both health professionals and community members. She has presented many abstracts both nationally and internationally and has published numerous papers in the area of cardiology. In addition to teaching and clinical services, she also helps to lead the University community in antiracist and other social justice initiatives, including directing the ACEI and co-chairing the University’s Equity and Inclusion Council to advance equity and justice, as well as, catalyze institutional transformation.
Elsen Jacob is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has a clinical practice site at The Mount Sinai Hospital, where she also serves as the Inpatient Pharmacy faculty for the Mount Sinai Family Medicine Residency and Pharmacy Residency programs. Dr. Jacob completed her Pharm.D. from St. John’s University and her Pharmacy Residency from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the epidemiology program at Columbia University. Her practice and research interests include health equity, drugs of abuse and misuse, transitions of care, geriatrics, anticoagulation, patient safety, and interprofessional education. She is a founding member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAP), which seeks to improve health care access, enhance patient care, and reduce health care costs through collaboration with pharmacists. Dr. Jacob is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeks to educate students on racism and its broad-ranging negative impact on individuals, communities, patient care, and health-care systems.
Paula Kay Lazrus is trained as an archaeologist with a focus on understanding where people settle in a landscape. As part of a large multi-disciplinary project investigating landuse, settlement, economics, and politics, Dr. Lazrus is exploring why people in Italy primarily settle in the foothills of the Aspromote, Calabria, Italy. This project requires her to conduct spatial analysis (GIS) on tax records and other archival documents from the early 1800s combined with archaeological data to investigate social, economic, and political dynamics in that same area. Dr. Lazrus is an active member of the Reacting to the Past Consortium, an organization of faculty and administrators developing and utilizing immersive role playing games as pedagogy. She is on the Reacting Consortium Board and on the Editorial Board as well as an affiliate of the Institute for Core Studies, Environment Science Program, and the Sociology and Anthropology Departments at St. John’s University. Her work was presented at conferences and published works include studies on teaching with GIS, RTTP, and her archaeological research. Dr. Lazrus graduated with her doctoral degree in archaeology from Boston University.
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University originated in 1994 and continues to animate university-wide consciousness of the Vincentian charism, to encourage and support academic ventures, especially those related to social justice, and to serve and collaborate with the greater church and community in the spirit of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Working with and supporting faculty, the Center has deep roots in the Catholic Church serving the community at large with a number of educational programs. It is the site of many academic and cultural events, and the home of the Vincentian Chair of Social Justice.
While many of the Center’s activities link the University to local communities and the Church of Metropolitan New York, its reach extends to numerous national and international projects.
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Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M.
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society’s mission is to:
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society serves as a link between St. John’s University, the Church, service organizations and the community at large. The goal is to:
The Vincentian Chair of Social Justice was established in 1994 in response to the recommendation Pope John Paul II made to delegates of the Congregation of the Mission’s 37th General Assembly in Rome (1986): to search out more than ever with boldness, humility and skill the causes of poverty and encourage short and long-term solutions. University scholars and research fellows work with the Vincentians in their charism “to evangelize the poor” and encourage efforts to build a society based on Gospel values and the Vincentian tradition.
Twenty years ago, in the encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II examined 100 years of CST in light of the rapid globalization of the 20th century. Twenty-five years ago, the US Catholic Bishops published Economic Justice for All. In that document, the Bishops directed society to shape economic life by answering three questions:
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, these documents challenge us to live in solidarity and practice subsidiarity as we attempt to overcome the great inequities in wealth, income, consumption and access to resources throughout the world. The Vincentian Chair for Social Justice conference examines the conditions and attitudes necessary for the common good—“the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.” (Gaudium et Spes,S 26 S. 1.)
“Love for others, and especially for the poor, is made concrete by promoting justice”
– John Paul II, Centesimus Annus
Through the perspective of Catholic Social Thought and the Vincentian Tradition, participants will view the role and responsibility of governments, civil society and businesses, as well as individuals, to eradicate poverty and advance sustainable prosperity with intergenerational justice for all.
In 2000, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society created the Vincentian Research Fellows’ Program to provide an interdisciplinary forum for faculty whose research interests advance the social justice orientation of St. John’s University, and to encourage research, reflection and programming on issues of poverty. In addition, the Center also elected to name Fellows whose scholarship could advance clerical formation and relate religion and science. These foci reflect the spirit and accomplishments of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). The Fellows arrange for educational programs for the University community and the metropolitan area and assist in the planning and sponsorship of the Center’s biennial Poverty Conference. To be named a Center Fellow, a professor must be recognized for both effective teaching and scholarly research and must be recommended by his/her respective Dean. Tenured and untenured professors are eligible and are named for a two-year term. After the two years, they may be invited to continue serve as Senior Fellows and advisors to the Vincentian Center.
In keeping with the Vincentian tradition of concern for the poor and marginalized in society, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at identifying and responding to the causes of poverty and social injustice, particularly in urban areas. The Center encourages solutions which are adaptable, effective and concrete, and which embody the spirit of compassion and service exemplified by the life of St. Vincent de Paul. The Center supports research which can enlighten public discourse on issues of justice and poverty and which can contribute to the development of effective public policy initiatives.
18th Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests
June 17-21, 2019
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The program is extended to faculty who joined St. John’s during the current academic year, as well as those who have been active as faculty for more than a year but have not been able to attend this session. The program offers an opportunity to gain knowledge about the Vincentian tradition and mission and at the same time to meet faculty, both new and seasoned, from across the entire University.
The seminars are part of a formalized and standardized program of Orientation and Continuing Education of Faculty, with four required sessions and four individually chosen events leading to a Mission Certificate.
The four required sessions are:
In addition to the four sessions, faculty seeking certification will be asked to select four mission-oriented events over a two-year period to complete their Mission Certificate requirements.
Theme: "One with the Poor - In Service Together - Be Vincentian"
September 20-27, 2019
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This two-fold program is a collaborative venture between the Vincentian Center for Church and Society and the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, both at St. John’s University. It provides a three-day seminar in the key aspects of running a Catholic school effectively including Catholic Identity and Servant Leadership; mission, vision and values; marketing and development; budgeting; time management; recruitment and retention; and strategic planning. 121 educators from three dioceses have participated. An intensive one-day symposium in Marketing the Mission was developed at the request of Management Seminar participants, and subsequently completed by fifty-seven individuals. As of this year, 426 schools from the three dioceses have completed the Management Seminar, including four Catholic high schools.
“It would be a mistake, a serious mistake, not to do all that was in one’s power to form good priests, because the Church needs them badly.” --St. Vincent de Paul.
Established in 1994, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s serves as a resource to identify and respond to the needs of the Church. In the spirit of Ex Corde Ecclesia and the Vincentian charism of St. John’s, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, the Tobin College of Business, and a group of experienced pastors developed what is today the Pastor’s Management Program. The content and the approach of the program has grown out of twelve years of St. John’s faculty offering management seminars to experienced and new pastors as well as to transitional deacons throughout the greater New York area.
The Pastor’s Management Program is directed principally to pastors and parish administrators who without formal management training must assume a range of managerial duties. It is designed to undergird and complement pastoral skills. As far as possible, the faculty provide examples and activities drawn directly from parish life to facilitate the learning application. A range of faculty, primarily from the Tobin College of Business, staff the Seminars. The topics covered include: Leading and Managing for Ministry; Communications; Meetings; Time Management; Marketing Parish Programs; Evaluating Parish Performance; Budgeting, Accounting & Auditing; The Law and the Parish; Human Resources; Parish Planning; Conflict Resolution; and Technology-Tool for Ministry.
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society and the Vincentian Research Fellows, through the sponsorship of the Vincentian Chair of Social Justice, host a biennial conference focused on an aspect of poverty emphasizing integral human development of the individual and our society. The Vincentian charism and Catholic Social Thought are two major focal points. In addition to St. John’s faculty, personnel and students, the conference welcomes participation from external partners such as religious leaders, service-providers, community organizers, and faculty from other institutions.
Each of these goals reflects the Catholic and Vincentian character of St. John’s University in the service of its Mission.
Kevin Ryan is a father, husband, child advocate, blogger and sometime runner. He arrived at Covenant House as a young lawyer in 1992 to provide legal aid to homeless youth and he now leads Covenant House International, one of the largest charities in the Americas dedicated to serving homeless youth, and ending child trafficking.
Founded in 1972, Covenant House’s work has been recognized with several of the world's most distinguished human rights awards, including the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award, the WOLA Human Rights Prize and the Olof Palme Peace Prize. Kevin describes Covenant House as a movement.
He and his Covenant House team have expanded the movement to 31 cities and 6 countries, most recently opening new Covenant Houses in Chicago, Asbury Park and Berkeley in 2017. Kevin is leading an aggressive expansion to end youth homelessness, which saw Covenant House reach 80,000 children and youth in 2017.
To support this expansion, Kevin and his team have built an international Sleep Out movement, involving thousands of participants across the United States and Canada who raise funds to house, feed and help homeless youth.
He championed groundbreaking research with Loyola University and the University of Pennsylvania, shaped by 911 interviews with homeless youth in 13 cities across Canada and the United States, which revealed in 2017 that 1 in 5 homeless youth has survived human trafficking.
Kevin previously served as the first public Child Advocate in New Jersey and the first commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, as well as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services. He drafted some of the State's most important laws for youth, including the New Jersey Homeless Youth Act and the Foster Care Scholars Act.
His first book, Almost Home, a collaboration with former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley, became a national best seller in the Fall of 2012. The book tells the stories of 6 teenagers as they faced homelessness, violence and heartbreak in search of a place to call home. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Kevin to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In 2018, Kevin joined President Trump in the Oval Office to witness the signing of new human trafficking legislation that Kevin and Covenant House had championed for many years.
He is a graduate of Catholic University, Georgetown Law Center and NYU Law School. A former Skadden Fellow and Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School, Kevin's numerous media appearances on behalf of children include the TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, EWTN, Good Morning America and two stints on 60 Minutes. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Clare. Together they have 6 Ryan children.
Rev. William J. Barber II, D. Min.
“It’s About Right and Wrong”
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society appointed Rev. William J. Barber II, D. Min. as the holder of the St. John’s University Chair of Social Justice 2018-19. St. John’s warmly welcomed the Rev. Dr. Barber and willingly opened its ears to his challenging and empowering moral message which emerges from his Christian foundation. Below are YouTube links to his past lectures:
Lecture 1: America, America, What's Going On?
Lecture 2: Reading the Signs of the Times: What does the November Election say about America?
Lecture 3: What's going on with the War Economy and Militarism?
Lecture 4: "With God Some Things Never Change"
Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Lectures
Presented at the Vincentian Convocation during Founder's Week
Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., President, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Most Reverend John O. Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.“The Heart of Vincentian Higher Education”
The Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, CA
Reverend John Rybolt, C.M.“Vincentian Social Justice”
Sr. Louise Sullivan, D. C., Ph.D. Professor Emerita,
Foreign Languages, Niagara University “The Vincentian Mission of Justice and Charity: a Seventeenth-Century Vision for the Twenty-First Century”
Most Reverend David O’Connell, C.M. , Bishop of Trenton, New Jersey“Be Vincentian!”
Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, Ph.D., Archbishop of New York “Vincent de Paul, A Saint for Yesterday and Today”
Patricia P. de Nava, past president of AIC (Association Internationales des Chariteَs), Liaison from the Association of International Charity [AIC] to the Vincentian Family and Vincentian Commission for promoting Systemic Change“Vincentian Family and Systemic Change”
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, NY“Migration Today: A Social Justice Issue”
Dr. John Edward Sexton, Ph.D., J.D., President, New York University
“Faith in/and the University”
Most Reverend Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations“The Church, the United Nations and Integral Development”
Very Rev. G. Gregory Gay, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and Daughters of Charity“A Passion for Justice”
S. Evelyne Franc, DC, Superioress General of the Daughters of Charity“Toward a Civilization of Love and Justice”
Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., “The New York Times”“Pacem in Terris: A Retrospective”
Very Rev. Thomas F. McKenna, CM, Provincial Superior, Eastern Province, Congregation of the Mission“People of the Scarred Coin”
Rev. Bryan Massingale, St. Francis Seminary, WI“Tribalism or Solidarity? The Challenge of the 21st Century”
Dr. Dolores Leckey, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University“A Spirituality for Jubilee Justice”
Rev. David Hollenbach, SJ, Professor Moral Theology, Boston College“The Common Good and Urban Poverty”
Most Reverend Howard Hubbard, Bishop of Albany, NY“Charity and Justice within the Gospel and the Church’s Social Teaching”
Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law
“Social Justice and Human Rights”
Rev. Bryan Hehir, Harvard Divinity“The Ministry of Human Rights and Catholic Higher Education”