Campus-Community Dialogue Happens Tonight at 6:30

campus community dialogue.jpgThe March campus-community dialogue is Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the SC Green & Gold Room.

 Special speakers include:

  • Ron Scott, a Detroit activist with  Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality.  He will introduce Peace Zones.
  • Catherine Orban, associate professor in Criminal Justice, and Jesse Cox, adjunct and campus minister, will share how they incorporate restorative justice into the curriculum.
  • Jahzara Mayes Otoo will tell the story of how Education Department became involved in Bagley School!
  • Barbara Beesley may present a model of nonviolent communication.

We’ll also do a sharing of “what’s going on? and what can we make happen together?” Everyone’s welcome.  Participants are requested to send their RSVP to or leave a message at 313-927-1403.

The Next Campus Community Dialogue Happens Jan. 30

dialogueThe next community campus dialogue will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall. Light refreshments included.

The December meeting was magic!  Together participants identified concrete needs and volunteered to help. Join in community conversations that lead to meaningful action.

The following may be further explored at January’s meeting:

  • Radical nuns and their vision for a vibrant community.
  • The Good Food Good Jobs Act—mobilizing to get this legislation acted on & Michigan Justice Fellowships—learn to organize!
  • Neighborhood stabilization—what is it?  What’s being done?  What remains to be done?
  • Ways to support Interim House residents in the only transitional housing in Detroit for survivors of domestic violence.

Come with your ideas and energy.  Please RSVP to

Invitation to tonight’s campus-community dialogue

box-29369_640If you haven’t already RSVPd for tonight’s campus-community dialogue, you are still welcome to quickly email Sister Barbara Beesley—or just show up if it’s after 5:30!  We’re meeting in Alumnae Hall from 6 – 8 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

This is a great time to have your voice heard within the campus community as we move forward to deepen our relationship within the community and focus on living the vision we desire as urban leaders committed to civic engagement.


Put your talents to use; connect with our local community

connect-20333_640You are cordially invited to Wednesday evening’s campus-community dialogue: “Co-Creating Our Community” event.  We plan to have affinity flags on tables with these topics:  youth, women, neighborhood beautification, and agriculture/sustainability.

It has been suggested that we distribute a campus resource directory listing our resources and/or desires for community connection.  Those who wish to give their information to community residents are being asked to email Barbara Beesley a simple 2-3 liner message indicating your interest/field of expertise; the kind of resource you could be to the community or the kind of community connection you are seeking; and the best means of contacting you.  Here are a few examples:

–   Barbara Beesley, IHM, teaches in the Social Justice program and would like venues (particularly among high school age students) for graduate students to do Voter Education workshops in October-November and February.; 313-927-1403

–  Jesse Cox is concerned about Sustainability and Ecology.  He is involved with the Community Garden and the Herbal Healing Garden–a collaboration between the college, community partners and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who sponsor Marygrove College.; 313-927-1404.

Please send your information by next Monday (5/13).