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Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion
What We Are Doing
Dean Cavanaugh

By Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D.

When I was asked to write “Last Word” about our work this past year toward diversity and inclusion, which we articulated in a working document titled, “A Path Forward,” I readily accepted. As I begin this reflection, I find that I don’t want to write a “last word” (more on that later) and I’m struggling to find the “first word.” Where do I begin and from what perspective? This year’s efforts have been about those two questions...

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I want to assure those among us who are members of the Jewish Community that, with you, we are deeply saddened by recent events which include bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and vandalism, here in Philadelphia, and elsewhere. These occurrences are heinous, deplorable, and intolerable. We share your pain in the wake of these vile events and express our solidarity with you. I know there are many who must be frightened and concerned for their safety and the safety of those they love. You are our brothers and sisters and we will do all in our power to stand with you against the evil of bias wherever we encounter it.