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Listen, Learn, Act: Education’s Role in Combating Racism and Violence to be held at Villa Maria College on October 18th at 7:00pm in the College’s Auditorium.

By September 26, 2022September 28th, 2022President Giordano, Press Release

Villa Maria College is partnering with New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy and Say Yes Buffalo to present Listen, Learn, Act: Education’s Role in Combating Racism and Violence.  This event will be a listening forum to help educators, students, and community members prepare to deal with ongoing trauma and to create a more inclusive, responsible, anti-racist, community-driven agenda in the upcoming academic year 

Listen, Learn, Act: Education’s Role in Combating Racism and Violence to be held at Villa Maria College on October 18th, at 7:00pm in the College’s Auditorium.  Directions to the auditorium can be found at  The event is open to the public and ample parking is available for free.

The panelists for the event will consist of student and faculty within our community with representatives from Buffalo Public Schools, and local area colleges including Buffalo State College, Medaille University, and Villa Maria College.  Moderators for the evening will be Zeneta Everhart, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy 63rd District, and Dr. Matthew Giordano, President of Villa Maria College.

Respondents to the panel will be Timothy M. Kennedy, New York State Senator 63rd District, Byron Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Dr. Katherine Conway-Tuner, President of SUNY Buffalo State College, and Dr. Shahla Ahmad, MD, Family & Geriatric Medice, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.

This event is presented in partnership with the Say Yes Buffalo Operating Committee, which includes the following organizations:

  • BCAT – Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
  • BCSA – Buffalo Council of Supervisors & Administrators
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Schools Parent Teacher Organization
  • SUNY Buffalo State College
  • The Buffalo Teachers Federation
  • The City of Buffalo
  • The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • The District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo
  • Erie County
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Medaille University
  • New York State Education Department Board of Regents
  • New York State Senate
  • SUNY Erie
  • State University of New York at Buffalo

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