Organized by Father LaFarge, who put together the New York council, Philadelphia's council was centered on the role of colleges/universities and began at St. Joseph's University. Representatives from other local colleges, including Villanova University, LaSalle University, Rosemont College, Immaculata University, and our very own Chestnut Hill College, sat on the first council and continued to do so as the council began working toward its goals.
It's Black History Month, but what are the origins and significance of this month-long celebration of African-American contributions to America? Integrated Humanities Center Chair, Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., interviewed CHC's Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, LaKeisha Thorpe, Ph.D., to learn more about the history and importance of Black History Month.
It’s been nearly ten years since Devin Devoue ’11 graduated from Chestnut Hill College, but he’s still an active member of the Griffin community as if he never left. As a member of the CHC Alumni Association, Devin volunteers with the Admissions Office and the Office of Institutional Advancement to welcome and meet prospective and incoming students; he serves as an advisor to the cast of the annual student musical; and this year, he is leading the planning committee for the Annual Scholarship Gala, the College’s largest fundraising event.
For Michelle Simmons ’08 SCPS, ’10 SGS, Chestnut Hill College is more than just a space for academic enrichment; it’s where she developed her strong sense of confidence and where she learned to lead without distinction and with love. Simmons is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Why Not Prosper, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit with a mission of empowering previously incarcerated women to become self-sufficient.
Jade Logan, Ph.D., ABPP, was recently elected the Officer for Diversity and Inclusion for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA). This position is the first for the professional association, which was founded in 1933 and serves as the third-largest state association affiliated with the American Psychological Association. Dr. Logan will follow a long tradition of CHC graduates and faculty in accepting leadership positions with PPA (including CHC third-year psychology graduate student, Kaseem Parsley, who currently serves as President of PPA Graduate Student).
While life at Chestnut Hill College was conducted fully virtually in the Fall 2020 semester, our faculty remained dedicated to students and continued to strive to meet the academic needs of our campus community. However, it wasn't just within the classroom where our faculty continued to make an impact and provide expertise.
Christa Lynch '03 was recognized as a COVID-19 Hero by Brooklyn Borough, for her initiative, Meals on Us, which helped deliver 4,000 meals to the Kensington Family Shelter. Recently, she was also chosen by Serena Williams for Bumble’s first-ever “Women of Courage” list.