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Juneteenth 2021 Reflection Afternoon Registration

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Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) commemorates the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas -- fully two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation -- to formally announce the end of the Civil War, take control of the state, and declare the end of slavery in the last place where people were still being held in bondage. Juneteenth, therefore, marks the end of chattel slavery in the United States. We will commemorate Juneteenth here at JCU, as we started to do last year, with a community reflection opportunity on Friday, June 18th for faculty and staff to recognize the significance of this day and discuss how we will work as a community toward our goals of addressing racial injustice as a core part of our Jesuit Catholic mission

This campus opportunity combines commemoration with reflection by incorporating an Ignatian examen, based upon "Eyes to See," AJCU's new Anti-Racism Examen. In Ignatian spirituality, the Examen is a regular practice of self-examination designed to help the individual move towards recognizing God and goodness in the midst of all things. In our Afternoon of Reflection, we will utilize the Examen framework as a community, to explore our own work of becoming an anti-racist institution grounded in justice, equity, and human dignity. 

All faculty and staff (full time, part time, and graduate assistants) are invited to participate in this program on June 18th, beginning with a lunch at 12:00 pm. This program qualifies for a half-day of Mission Leave after consultation with your supervisor.

Title: Freedom & Hope: An Afternoon of Reflection Honoring Juneteenth
Date: Friday, June 18
Time: Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm / Program begins at 1:00 pm
Location: Dolan Science Center Atrium

Masking and social distancing protocols will be encouraged for unvaccinated participants.

To learn more about Juneteenth (past and present), you are also invited to: 

If you have questions, please contact the DEI Division Office at or the Mission Office at

We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions in our lunch order. Please indicate them here. (If you prefer not to join us for lunch, please indicate that here as well so that we can give an accurate count to Catering.)
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