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Webster Speaks

Webster Speaks Series: View episode 1, join July 22 for next discussion on race, equity and inclusion

July 15, 2020

More than 140 Webster students, alumni and community members logged on WebEx July 8 to see the premiere episode of Webster Speaks: Dialogues on Race, Equity and Inclusion. The new virtual speaker series featured guest Donald M. Suggs, publisher and president of the St. Louis American, engaging in a wide-ranging discussion with Vincent C. Flewellen, Webster’s Chief Diversity Officer. Regional recruiting coordinator Earl McCoy, Jr. served as the moderator, fielding audience questions. The next live episode will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, and feature two guests: The Hon. Ella Jones, the first African American and first female mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, and Michael McMillan, chairman of the Urban League of Greater St. Louis.

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Larry Hearn

Webster World Report: Students discuss racism, police brutality, pandemic on podcast

July 10, 2020

The 11th edition of the Webster World Report podcast features discussions with a diverse sect of Webster undergraduate students who share their views on racism, police brutality and our pandemic times. Students include psychology major Larry Hearn of the Association of African American Collegians; speech communications major Vincent Fedorko, founder and president of the Webster University Conservatives; and international human rights major Mimiw Seagrave of Webster University Leiden, currently in Thailand.

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Webster University

Message to the Community on International Students in the U.S.

July 10, 2020

With a new federal policy about educational visa holders in the United States, we want our students from outside the United States to know that we will continue to welcome you as Webster students because your presence strengthens our educational community, enriches the quality of our lives, and your leadership now and in the future is essential in advancing Webster’s core values, mission, and vision. Please see this message from Webster's chancellor, president, and chief diversity officer.

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Webster Speaks: Dialogues on Race, Equity and Inclusion

Launch of 'Webster Speaks' Part of Several Initiatives on Race, Equity and Inclusion

June 26, 2020

As part of on-going efforts to underscore its commitment to social justice issues, this summer Webster University is launching a virtual speaker series, "Webster Speaks: Dialogues on Race, Equity and Inclusion." The series will be presented every other week and will feature live interviews with thought leaders from within Webster and the wider community. The first edition, scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, will feature Chief Diversity Officer Vincent C. Flewellen interviewing Dr. Donald M. Suggs.

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Effects of Global Pandemic: Webster World Report Podcast 10

June 26, 2020

The tenth edition of the Webster World Report features a discussion with two of Webster’s international relations faculty, Kelly-Kate Pease and Franco Algieri, about the current state of diplomacy, police brutality, and human rights in the U.S. in the wake of the George Floyd protests. The news segment of the program features short audio with Webster University Ghana's Christa Sanders and Mjiba Frehiwot, and Amanda Kracen of the Psychology Department discusses stress relief during the pandemic.

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Webster Ghana Celebrates Juneteenth with Virtual Discussion 'The Struggle for Freedom'

June 22, 2020

June 19, familiarly known as Juneteenth, marks the end of slavery in the United States, and Webster University Ghana students, faculty and staff commemorated the holiday with a campus discussion entitled "Juneteenth: The Struggle for Freedom: Connecting the Past to the Black Lives Matter Movement." Ghana is directly linked to the history of slavery and colonization due to the trans-Atlantic slave trade which occurred along the shores of West Africa.

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Webster University will commemorate Juneteenth and celebrate Black history and culture on June 19, 2020.

Commemorating Black Culture and History on Juneteenth

June 16, 2020

Webster University will recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday for our U.S. employees on Friday, June 19, 2020. In light of the national conversation regarding racism in our country, we ask that members of our community take this day as an important opportunity to commemorate and celebrate Black history and culture, and take the time to educate ourselves on the issues faced by Black communities and the role that we each play in ending racism.

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Webster University installed this banner on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in front of its Luhr Building on a busy street in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Webster University Displays Black Lives Matter Banner

June 08, 2020

Webster University displayed a banner on its campus Sunday that says the University “stands for racial equality and justice – Black Lives Matter.” The banner was raised less than one day after University leadership issued a statement to all students, faculty and staff that condemned police violence against the Black community and stating it unequivocally declares Black Lives Matter.

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Message from the Chancellor, the President, and the Chief Diversity Officer

June 06, 2020

We are writing again this weekend at a pivotal moment for our community and the nation, with a message of hope and change, along with a report of progress, as promised. As our letter to the community last week outlined, the killings of George Floyd and so many other Black Americans, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Manuel Ellis, along with those of the recent past, such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, are unacceptable and tragic losses.

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Founded in 1915, Webster has always led conversation and action to meet the challenges facing society.

Message from the Chancellor, the President and the Chief Diversity Officer

May 30, 2020

Webster University has always led conversation and action to meet the challenges facing society. Our mission of meeting unmet needs holds our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at its foundation. We are living through a moment that reflects society at a crossroads; we must approach this as a time of learning and reflection. But we must also embrace the challenge of this time and construct a map that shows the pathways for communities to set aside divisiveness.

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Webster languages instructors share traditional foods from their respective cultures.

In the News: Schuster on coronavirus, Schöllhammer on U.S. elections, ILC on food, Kaiser on LGBTQ

March 03, 2020

Julian Z. Schuster was quoted by KMOV, KSDK and the St. Louis Business Journal about how a global institution like Webster is taking precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak. ... Ralph Schöllhammer at Webster Vienna was interviewed by Puls 24 about the U.S. primaries. ... Webster language instructors Yamile Mauad, Malte Hansen and Morgane Daynes were in the KMOX and KSDK newsrooms to share traditional foods and traditions around "Fat Tuesday." ... DJ Kaiser’s latest Medium piece was published in TH-Ink Queerly.

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Chancellor Stroble discusses the Diversity and Inclusion conference with Fox2 in St. Louis.

In the News: Stroble on diversity; Falconer on black history; Webster Groves profile

February 27, 2020

Chancellor Beth Stroble discussed this year's Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Fox 2, and authored an op/ed in the St. Louis Business Journal on why diversity, equity and inclusion are "a social and ethical imperative." ... Jameca Falconer's St. Louis Public Radio interview on teaching black history was printed in the St. Louis American. ... A KSDK feature on Webster Groves, where the University was founded in 1915, highlighted it as one of the reasons the city is a great place to live.

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Jeannette Mae Jackson and Janet Irene Thomas, Class of 1950

New Giving Society Honors Webster's First African American Graduates

February 25, 2020

During our 5th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Webster University proudly announces The Jackson and Thomas Leadership Giving Society to raise funds for our students. In 1950, Jeannette Mae Jackson and Janet Irene Thomas were the first two African Americans to graduate from Webster University. Today, more than 41,000 African Americans have earned Webster degrees. We invite our African American alumni and friends and colleagues in the global network to join the Society by making a gift in support of today's students.

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Africana Studies trip to Webster Ghana, Fall 2019

In the News: Diversity and Inclusion speakers, Ghana trip, Unified auditions

February 10, 2020

Michele Norris, Aisha Sultan and Colleen Starkloff will be guests on St. Louis on the Air Wednesday to discuss topics for Webster's upcoming Diversity and Inclusion Conference. ... St. Louis Magazine published a feature on the Africana Studies fall break trip to Ghana. ... The Chicago Tribune referenced Lara Teeter and Webster's part in the National Unified Auditions for prospective theatre students.

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