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Already But Not Yet: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Call of Justice in Jesuit, Catholic Higher Education
October 14, 2014 | 4-5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons
As a part of the fall quarter Bannan Institute series exploring leadership and justice, this panel will consider the ways in which our mission and identity as a Jesuit, Catholic university ground and shape our commitments to dialogue, engagement, inclusion, and diversity. Panelists will reflect on the ways in which Santa Clara's Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity is both "already" and "not yet" fully realized in relation to issues of diversity and inclusion. Particular consideration will be given to the ways in which Santa Clara's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education roots our commitment to dialogue, engagement, and diversity, highlighting areas in need of attention and areas in which we are flourishing.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Aldo Billingslea is Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Theatre in the department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University where he teaches Acting. As a professional actor he has performed at A.C.T., the Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and with Shakespeare Festivals of: California, Dallas, Marin, Oregon, Santa Cruz, Utah, and Arabia. Renee Billingslea, his wife, teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University and is an exhibiting artist.
?Laura Ellingson is Professor of Communication and Women’s & Gender Studies at Santa Clara University. Her research focuses on feminist and qualitative methodologies, gender in extended families, and communication in health care organizations. She is author of Communicating in the Clinic: Negotiating Frontstage and Backstage Teamwork (2005, Hampton) and Engaging Crystallization in Qualitative Research (2009, Sage), and co-author with Dr. Patty Sotirin of Aunting: Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life (2010, Baylor University Press) and Where the Aunts Are: Family, Feminism, and Kinship in Popular Culture (2013, Baylor University Press). She teaches courses in qualitative methods, feminist methods, and gendered communication as it intersects with health, sexuality, and family.
James Lai is an Associate Professor who holds a joint appointment with the Ethnic Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University. He served as the Director of the Ethnic Studies Program from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Lai received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California (2000) and his M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (1992). His teaching and research interests and specialties include U.S. racial and ethnic politics, U.S. immigration, Asian American politics, urban politics, community studies, and California state and local politics. In 2011, Dr. Lai published his book, Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers), which examines the demographic shifts and the rise of Asian American political incorporation in small to medium size suburbs throughout the continental United States. Since 1992, Dr. Lai has served as the Associate Editor of the bi-annual publication National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac, the nation’s most comprehensive political guide on Asian American politics (UCLA Asian American Studies Press). Dr. Lai has commentated on race, immigration, and politics in state, national, and international media such as NPR’s “California Report” and “Forum,” the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, China Daily News, World Journal, the New York Times, and CNN.
Kim Tavares is a lifelong resident of Santa Clara and a mother of two adult children. After attending Santa Clara high school, she was sought out and accepted a position as a graphic artist which included duties as a customer service representative with Valmark Industries for 10 years. Kim then turned her attention to working with pre-K children as a teacher at Kinderwood preschool in Santa Clara for 3 years. Most of Kim’s career has been spent at SCU in the purchasing department where she has supported faculty and staff for nearly 15 years. As an “out” member of the LGBTQ SCU community and advocate for equal rights, she has over 10 years of involvement in the Safe Space project, 8 years of being the staff advisor to GALA, now known as QuEST, 8 years co-facilitating Spectrum, a weekly and confidential drop-in discussion group for queer and questioning students. She has participated in all 3 yrs. of the Lavender Graduation, is on the steering committee of the Rainbow Resource Center, and is an active member of the LGBTQ Allies Network and LGBTQ Staff + Faculty Group. Kim continues to give back to the SCU community by providing education through her own experiences and observations relevant to today’s world. She also supports various LGBTQ activities on campus such as the annual Drag Show, Rainbow Prom, Vagina Monologues, etc., and continually strives to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ students so they can thrive at SCU.
Michael Zampelli, S.J. is the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University and is currently serving as Rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. His major research interests include the early modern Italian professional theatre; religious criticism of the theatre; the history and dynamics of Jesuit performance; and the spiritual functions of theatre, especially in the work of the 10th century Saxon canoness, Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Theatre Survey, Text and Presentation, and Religion and Theatre. He has also contributed essays on pre- and early modern performance to several book volumes, including From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, 1550-1650 (Brill, 2002); The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773 (University of Toronto Press, 2004), Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances (University of Toronto Press, 2006), Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays (McFarland and Company, 2010), A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl 960) (Brill, 2012), and Music as Cultural Mission (St. Joseph’s University Press, 2014). In conjunction with his teaching and research, Michael also directs; he is particularly interested in the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences. He serves on the boards of Santa Clara University, Marquette University and Loyola Marymount University and is involved in very fulfilling ministries to the incarcerated in the Diocese of San Jose and to LGBTQ Catholics.