Lewis University students, faculty and staff recently gathered for the fifth annual rededication prayer service of the university as a Sanctified Zone. The ceremony reminded attendees to listen to ignored voices, keep issues of fairness and justice at the forefront, value diversity in a safe and nurturing environment and to appreciate each otherís differences as gifts.
Kristi Kelly, director of Career Services, welcomed the assembled crowd. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University, offered remarks. Mushtaq Choudhary, director of Residence Life, shared his experience of being welcomed and accepted as an international student on campus. Randi Jackson, human resources specialist, led the prayer of rededication. Kathy Slattery, dean of Student Services commissioned those present to respect the Sanctified Zone on campus and in their lives.
The Lewis University Diversity Action Team coordinated the event. The team seeks, primarily, to further develop Lewis University as a place that welcomes and affirms the equal dignity of every person. The formally established group of students, faculty, and staff work together to promote, to support, and to develop ongoing initiatives which foster a culture of appreciation for diversity.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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