Academic News

Design Chosen for Sculpture Commemorating Deceased Students

A stone sculpture designed to evoke strength and vulnerability, spirituality and earthliness, loss and renewal has been selected as the winning design for a Memorial for Deceased Students that will be located adjacent to the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.
English professor Todd Lawrence, center, works to document and archive plywood boards salvaged from around the Twin Cities following this previous summer’s civil unrest, on January 25, 2021 in Northeast Minneapolis. The initiative, Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement, includes a partnership with the University of St. Thomas Art History department.

Documenting Street Art, St. Thomas Researchers Better Understand Crisis

Street art painted on the sides of buildings or plywood-covered windows can help us understand the complexity of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, reveals a mapping project spearheaded by St. Thomas faculty.
Ibram X. Kendi keynotes Equity in Action conference at St. Thomas

Equity in Action Keynote Speaker Motivates Attendees

The opposite of racist isn’t “not racist.” It is actively being an antiracist. That’s the message approximately 1,700 registered attendees of the Equity in Action: Cultivating Antiracist Universities conference heard weaved throughout the various workshops, breakout sessions and the riveting keynote address of guest speaker Professor Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestseller How to Be An Antiracist.
Derrick Diedrich stands for a portrait outside of Aquinas Chapel and the Iversen Center for Faith in St. Paul on April 13, 2021. Derrick was photographed for a Humans of St. Thomas newsroom feature.

Humans of St. Thomas: Derrick Diedrich ’21

Throughout his four years at St. Thomas, Derrick Diedrich '21 found himself growing in ways he could’ve never predicted before starting college. With experiences in campus ministry, student government and as a Tommie Ambassador, Diedrich has been able to cultivate both his leadership skills and personal goals.