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STAC Launches Center for Social Justice

Feb 01, 2021

STAC Launches Center for Social Justice

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to announce a newly launched Center for Social Justice (CSJ), led by its new President Ken Daly and co-chaired by Ms. Samantha Bazile and Dr. Carolyn Fraker. From its very beginning, St. Thomas Aquinas College and its founders have been deeply dedicated to the principles of social justice and equity and it is with these principles in mind that the Center for Social Justice was formed — to foster critical discussions on a range of social issues that promote respect, equity, and justice.

“As we start the Spring semester today — and as we kick off Black History Month — we are delighted to launch the Center for Social Justice,” said President Ken Daly. “As the new President of the College, I am honored to lead this Center firsthand and to support our students as they navigate through these challenging times. I have established a campus-wide goal of ensuring access to an affordable education for all students and I believe that our new Center for Social Justice will enable us to change the lives of many deserving students and create the caring leaders that we need in the future.”  

With two pillars — The Social Justice and Equity Forum and The Justice Studies Institute — the Center for Social Justice expands and reinforces the College’s commitment to the ideals of justice and equality.

The Social Justice and Equity (SJE) Forum, which will be led by Ms. Samantha Bazile, will explore relevant and contemporary issues from the perspective of the students and include local and regional public figures. The SJE Forum was launched on July 1, 2020 — President Daly’s first day in office — and met 13 times throughout the Fall semester with President Daly hosting  each meeting with students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and other members of the STAC community. Among the many areas of focus were voter registration and education campaigns, Social Justice and Equity week programming, and awareness forums with over 200 students attending.

The Justice Studies Institute (JSI), which will be led by Dr. Carolyn Fraker and be housed within the School of Arts and Sciences, will advance interdisciplinary academic examination and collaboration on crucial justice-based issues. With the establishment of JSI, the college recognizes its integral role in preparing students for citizenship, but also in fostering democratically engaged communities. Thus, a central aim of the Institute is to promote conversation and scholarship, and to provide faculty with the support needed to integrate principles of justice into a liberal arts education. These goals will be achieved through sponsored educational programs and events for the college and local community.

Top left to right: Ms. Samantha Bazile, President Ken Daly with students, and Dr. Carolyn Fraker

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to announce a newly launched Center for Social Justice (CSJ), led by its new President Ken Daly and co-chaired by Ms. Samantha Bazile and Dr. Carolyn Fraker. From its very beginning, St. Thomas Aquinas College and its founders have been deeply dedicated to the principles of social justice and equity and it is with these principles in mind that the Center for Social Justice was formed — to foster critical discussions on a range of social issues that promote respect, equity, and justice.

“As we start the Spring semester today — and as we kick off Black History Month — we are delighted to launch the Center for Social Justice,” said President Ken Daly. “As the new President of the College, I am honored to lead this Center firsthand and to support our students as they navigate through these challenging times. I have established a campus-wide goal of ensuring access to an affordable education for all students and I believe that our new Center for Social Justice will enable us to change the lives of many deserving students and create the caring leaders that we need in the future.”  

With two pillars — The Social Justice and Equity Forum and The Justice Studies Institute — the Center for Social Justice expands and reinforces the College’s commitment to the ideals of justice and equality.

The Social Justice and Equity (SJE) Forum, which will be led by Ms. Samantha Bazile, will explore relevant and contemporary issues from the perspective of the students and include local and regional public figures. The SJE Forum was launched on July 1, 2020 — President Daly’s first day in office — and met 13 times throughout the Fall semester with President Daly hosting  each meeting with students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and other members of the STAC community. Among the many areas of focus were voter registration and education campaigns, Social Justice and Equity week programming, and awareness forums with over 200 students attending.

The Justice Studies Institute (JSI), which will be led by Dr. Carolyn Fraker and be housed within the School of Arts and Sciences, will advance interdisciplinary academic examination and collaboration on crucial justice-based issues. With the establishment of JSI, the college recognizes its integral role in preparing students for citizenship, but also in fostering democratically engaged communities. Thus, a central aim of the Institute is to promote conversation and scholarship, and to provide faculty with the support needed to integrate principles of justice into a liberal arts education. These goals will be achieved through sponsored educational programs and events for the college and local community.

Photo: Top left to right:
Ms. Samantha Bazile, President Ken Daly with students, and Dr. Carolyn Fraker


For more information, contact: Annie Lombardi, 845.398.4016 or [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s approximately 2,000 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.