Lewis University students, faculty and staff gathered Oct. 24 to focus on ending racism, bias and prejudice. It was the theme for the fourth annual rededication prayer service of the Sanctified Zone at Lewis University. The ceremony outside of the Sancta Albert Chapel reminded attendees to listen to ignored voices, keep issues of fairness and justice at the forefront, value diversity in a safe and nurturing environment, and to appreciate each otherís differences as gifts.
Steve Zlatic, director of University Ministry, welcomed the assembled crowd. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University, offered remarks. Scott Trost, Menís Basketball coach, shared his philosophy of coaching a team that respects one another and accepts diversity. Frank Hopkins of the Student Governing Board led a brief commemoration. Dr. Stephany Schlachter, provost, commissioned those present to respect the sanctified zone on campus and in their lives.
The event was coordinated by the Lewis University Diversity Action Team.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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