In this letter from the summer 2021 issue of St. Thomas Lawyer, School of Law Dean Robert Vischer addresses how the community has brought a distinctive perspective to debates about the law and legal education.
As we reflect upon 20 years of educating St. Thomas lawyers, success can be defined in many ways. One keen example is seeing our graduates apply skills cultivated during law school for the benefit of society through public service.
The impact of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, the namesake of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, who served as the University of St. Thomas president from 1966-91, will continue to be felt for generations thanks to a generous gift from his family.
As the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership at the University of St. Thomas approaches the one-year anniversary of its transition from the former Center for Ethics in Practice, the Newsroom connected with Academic Director Dr. Christopher Michaelson and Executive Director Dr. Nicole Zwieg Daly on highlights, podcasts, award nominations, books to read this summer and more.
Four St. Thomas deans gathered recently to discuss racial justice and the approaches they are taking to best integrate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the classroom, the pedagogy and the hiring practices of their divisions.
Despite the move to virtual class gatherings last year, the Business 200 course (Business Learning Through Service) at St. Thomas continued to require students to volunteer with community nonprofits, which provided them with a unique opportunity to step up and help out in new ways.
One year after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, St. Thomas’ Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) assessed the community’s healing and progress toward change, highlighting the voices of three Black students.
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.
When 10 Dougherty Family College (DFC) scholars got news they had earned a full-tuition scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas, the prevailing response was: “This is a dream come true.”
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.
The idea for the celestial, swirling colors of the Iversen Center for Faith’s largest permanent installation started with a voice memo artist Kelly Kruse recorded on her phone, wondering how she could paint a human being.