University Mission and Identity

02.20.2017 Message from President Niehoff to JCU Community Announcing Working Group Events

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Our JCU Working Group: Slavery-Legacy and Reconciliation and Black Students in Action will co-host two important events on campus this week and next, and I write to encourage your participation.

The first event is this Wednesday, February 22, at 5 p.m. in Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. “John Carroll University: Our History” will include a panel presentation and discussion regarding the history of slavery in the Catholic Church and slaveholding with the Carroll family and John Carroll. A reception will follow in the O’Connell Reading Room.

Next week, on Tuesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. in Donahue Auditorium, the Working Group and Black Students in Action will present “JCU: Our Story,” a panel discussion regarding the experiences of JCU African-American alumni. A reception will again follow in the O’Connell Reading Room.

My thanks to the Working Group and to Black Students in Action for their work in developing and arranging these important campus gatherings. Other events will take place in the coming weeks.

I encourage our campus community to engage in this process of learning and reflection. I invited the Antioch Baptist Church community to join us for these events as we collaborate more closely with their congregation, which is also a leader in service to our region. Together we can grow in our commitment to justice for all.


Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.