Faculty, staff speak on the ‘Cost of Silence’ on college campuses

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame faculty and administration discussed their experiences with diversity and how the Notre Dame community might encourage it on campus during the Cost of Silence Faculty and Staff panel Thursday night.Timothy Matovina, the chair of the theology department and former co-director of the Institute of Latino Studies, said people should not make assumptions about others, especially Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and Latino students.“Don’t presume because someone is here from a certain background that they’re a diversity admit or that they have a lower SAT score than everyone else,” he said. “ … In my experience, they achieved at the very highest levels at the schools they’re in, which is our policy.”Matovina also said students should consider the implications of politics on some students’ personal lives, especially in light of last year’s national election.“The political is very personal,” he said. “ … [Students who came to talk to him] had no idea what the repercussions would be, and there’s still a tremendous fear. It wasn’t just a matter of political disagreement.”Brian Collier, the director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, said disrespecting Native Americans and their culture is not something of the past, as evidenced by two students dressing as Native Americans for their Halloween costumes during a football game this season. The students’ costumes included the headdress that is a religious symbol in some cultures, Collier said.“It’s not that people want trouble,” he said. “People don’t want their religious symbols appropriated.”Collier also said students should say something whenever they see someone misusing a culture’s symbols.For the LGBT community, Sara Agostinelli, the assistant director for LGBTQ Initiatives at the Gender Relations Center, said things are “just okay” for LGBT students on campus.“Something I hear a lot is that here at Notre Dame students feel very tolerated,” she said. “There’s not these daily acts of hate or things we might see at other institutions across the country, but there’s not a sense of welcoming, embrace and celebration.”To remedy this problem, Agostinelli recommended that students recognize the importance of allies and to reach out to students to check in on how they are doing, especially when hateful acts happen on other campuses.For an admissions perspective, Don Bishop, the associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said Notre Dame has made great strides in becoming more diverse due to new recruiting tactics. These tactics, Bishop said, include expanding the spring visitation program, going to new schools and working with community-based organizations.“Rather than waiting for kids to instantly know enough about Notre Dame and apply, we’re trying to go out and seek them and get a conversation with them,” he said.As a result of these efforts, Bishop said Notre Dame is on par with diversity with the average of the top 30 most selective private institutions in the U.S. He said the only categories in which Notre Dame falls behind is with Asian Americans and international students.Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation dean of the College of Science, spoke about her personal experiences. Though she is an accomplished scientist who has a Ph.D. from MIT, she said she oftentimes felt stupid since a third-grade teacher had told her parents she “wasn’t college material.”Due to her background, Galvin said she understands that many students who come to Notre Dame from schools that may not have offered AP science classes may begin to feel they are falling behind in their science and engineering courses. She said students must share their experiences with others to help them not feel bad about themselves.“If you went through the struggle of not thinking you were smart but then got out of it, be willing to talk about it,” she said.Jay Caponigro, the director of community engagement in the Office of Public Affairs, said to help solve social issues today, students must build relationships with others. To develop these partnerships, Caponigro said you must listen to people and ask them about their stories, especially by asking the question, “Why?” Caponigro also said allies must teach others to do things for themselves as well.“An ally isn’t someone who just does stuff for other people,” he said.Tags: allyship, Cost of Silence, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, LGBT, racelast_img read more

The “whole story” of retirement: Making retirement planning a year-round commitment

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Norr Jennifer Norr is the vice president of Marketing and Strategy for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions. She is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of strategic initiatives, marketing, client experience, … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details By now, you’ve probably heard the shocking numbers behind the retirement crisis. One-third of Americans have $1,000 or less saved for retirement¹, and nearly one in two Americans anticipate they will not have enough money to retire².  Luckily, retirement education and planning are now receiving much stronger government support. The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) announced in October that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 654, supporting the goals and ideals of National Retirement Security Week (NRSW). NRSW is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. It is held annually during the third week of October. The Senate first passed a resolution for NRSW in 2006 at NAGDCA’s request and has supported the initiative every year since. Securing passage of the NRSW resolution by the Senate was one of NAGDCA’s top legislative priorities for 2018.In the resolution, the Senate calls on states, local governments, school districts, universities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and others to observe NRSW, “with appropriate programs and activities, with the goal of increasing the retirement savings and personal financial literacy of all people in the United States, thereby enhancing the retirement security of the people of the United States.”Why is this important?Traditional pension plan and Social Security benefits have long been the backbone of most workers’ incomes in retirement. However, many financial experts agree that pensions and Social Security may not provide enough post-retirement income.  Longer life spans and rising costs, especially for health care, have changed the retirement outlook for many workers. NRSW provides an opportunity for plan sponsors to share resources with participants about their retirement options.To this end, NAGDCA continues to develop and promote free, ready-to-use communication materials for plan sponsors to use with their employees, and employees can share with their family and friends. This year, NAGDCA’s “Your Whole Story” NRSW campaign and new Retirement Garden Edition video series applied “behaviorally effective” communication techniques to engage participants in becoming aware of their role in preparing for retirement. Take advantage of this award-winning campaign!If you missed 2018’s NRSW campaign, you can still utilize its resources as a channel to promote strong retirement saving strategies with your employees year-round. “Your Whole Story” materials can be accessed any time, used generically or customized, and implemented in digital or printed form. Additionally, the Retirement Garden Edition video series addresses retirement savings considerations for employees early-, mid- and late-career. According to Cindy Rehmeier, CFP, NAGDCA Executive Board President³, “Communication directed specifically at individual needs can be a huge lever for change. The ‘Your Whole Story’ campaign and Retirement Garden Edition video series engage employees in the many facets of saving for retirement without using fear tactics, which have been proven to turn off employees from taking the actions necessary to secure their financial future.” There is no question that retirement security is good for Americans, employers, and our nation as a whole. By supporting this initiative, you can provide employees with the information they need to become adequately prepared for a secure retirement.SourcesThe Balance, Make Sure the Retirement Crisis Doesn’t Happen to You, February 19, 2018Gallup, Update: Americans’ Concerns About Retirement Persist, May 9, 2018 GlobeNewswire, Bipartisan Senate Resolution for Continuation of NAGDCA-initiated National Retirement Security Week Receives Unanimous Approval, October 4, 2018last_img read more

Moyes eulogises about Giggs

first_imgDavid Moyes jokingly suggested Ryan Giggs’ Manchester United team-mates might be trying to usher him out of the players’ dressing room by buying him a coach’s watch for his 40th birthday. Press Association And given Giggs’ outstanding contribution to Wednesday’s 5-0 hammering of Bayer Leverkusen, it is unlikely the United squad would want to be without the man who has now played an incredible 953 games for the Red Devils. “When I came I expected to see someone who must be dropping off, must be fading,” said Moyes. “I thought it would be obvious and I heard a lot of pundits thinking that as well. “I came with the idea that maybe he is not quite the same. “But I can honestly say he has been fantastic. “For Ryan to be playing so well at his age is terrific and a great example to young players about how you should dedicate yourself throughout your career. “Also to players who get into their early to mid-30s and think things are coming to an end it shows if you really look after yourself and train well, you can go on for a lot longer.” One of Moyes’ first decisions after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer was to appoint Giggs to his coaching team. He does make a contribution behind the scenes. But once training starts, he is in the thick of it, not on the outside watching, exactly as it has to be. “When you get older you have to train as hard as the young ones,” said Moyes. “He has been great for me. I have used him to settle into my job. “He is involved in all the stuff we do regarding the team but once we have decided what we are doing, and who is doing what, he will go and train with the players, just as he has done for the past 20 years.” In his wide-ranging discussions with Ferguson before his own appointment was confirmed, it was suggested to Moyes that Giggs would come into his own a few months into the campaign, when the pitches became softer. It was a point reinforced by the man himself on his first encounter with Moyes in the summer. The reality turned into something completely different. “I knew Ryan would be the dictator of it,” said Moyes. “He said he took a bit longer to get ready and didn’t tend to start the season. “But he played a lot of pre-season. I felt he was ready to start and we needed him. He has shown he was capable of that.” Giggs’ overall contribution has been remarkable. He may still be waiting for the Premier League goal that would extend his record of scoring in every season the competition has existed but few would bet against it happening at some point. And Giggs remains the man most likely to keep his cool in the maelstrom of an important game and deliver the right pass at exactly the right time. “We always have a discussion about when is the best time to use him and we also get a feel from him,” said Moyes. “Last Saturday, before we went to Cardiff, he was fantastic in training and if I had my way I would have played him. “One of his presents was a coach’s watch – I think they are beginning to think about pushing him out of the dressing room. “It is not a problem for him to play in two or three games but I had it in my mind Marouane Fellaini was suspended for the European game and I didn’t want to risk Ryan so quickly.” That suggests Giggs will not start at Tottenham on Sunday at the White Hart Lane ground where he confirmed his class with a sensational solo goal in 1992, when he was only 18. He has gone on to become the most decorated player in English football history, setting records it is impossible to imagine will ever be matched. “He’s undoubtedly at the top,” said Moyes, of Giggs’ standing in the modern game. And as for the future, bearing in mind speculation is already starting over an additional year’s contract extension. “When you get to this age you wait until the end of the season before making a decision,” said Moyes. “It is based on how you feel, how you have done over the year and what your body is telling you. “There are no quick decisions.” The Scot also admitted when he arrived at Old Trafford he expected to find a fading force in the veteran Welshman, no longer capable of having an impact, as so many critics have suggested down the years. Moyes accepts he could not have been more wrong. last_img read more

What’s the Matter with Us Is Us

first_imgIt was vice President Bene DeQuincy Warner who in the date 1970s first uttered this blunt and cogent remark: “What’s the matter with us is us.”What did he mean?He meant that all the ills afflicting our country can be attributed to ourselves.How? Too often we respond to the challenges and problems of governance and Nation building with a terrible sense of inadequacy. And what are the elements of this inadequacy?They are at least seven. First the lack of patriotism. We Liberians neither love our country nor one another.Second, we are selfish, we think too much of ourselves and almost always place our own selfish interests BEFORE the interest of Liberia.Third, just as one female Liberian thinker and writer once wrote, because we are selfish, we are also stupid. She actually wrote: “We are selfish because we are stupid, and stupid because we are selfish.”The fourth element of our inadequacy is what appears to be and indeed is our propensity to be corrupt. Just recently a major non-governmental organization (NGO) which made a huge contribution to our fight against Ebola testified before the UnitedStates Congress. That NGO told Congress that if ever they had any money to give Liberia, they should send their own people to spend it, because the Liberians are too corrupt to handle American or anybody else’s money. They will eat up every cent!The fifth element of Liberia’s inadequacy is our consistent and determined LACK of worth ETHIC. Give any Liberian – be he or she a civil servant, a technician in any field – a job to do and he or she will delay, delay, delay the work, or not do it at all. Worse, if he or she is paid in advance, you are in trouble, because not only will the job delay; often times he or she will elope. A young woman recently paid a cabinet maker on Benson Street, Crown Hill US$450 to make a bed. She was never able to find him again. And his co-workers who knew him always told her when she enquired, “the man was just here few minutes ago but we don’t know where he gone.” This is the constant habit of Liberians – covering up one another’s corruption.All too many Liberian civil servants in most if not all government agencies will demand a bribe before doing their work. Many customers complain that they have had to “buy lunch” or give a financial inducement even to pay their taxes at the Ministry of Finance.On arrival at the Robert International Airport, business people can get almost anything through customs only if they are prepared to “dash” the Customs Officers “something”, meaning little money. Imagine how much money government loses every day and night of the year!At the higher governmental level, look what has happened to the National Oil Company (NOCAL). And the people who are in charge told the world they are doing their “best” there. The sixth element of Liberians’ inadequacy is envy. Liberians normally hate to see their fellow Liberian prosper. Liberians behave like crabs in a bucket. Whenever one crab dares to escape and liberate itself, the other crabs gang up and pull it back into the bucket. We find it extremely difficult to help one another. Better help a foreigner than a fellow Liberian. Better patronize a foreigner business than a Liberian one.There are certain people in this administration who have anointed themselves as chief defenders, promoters and protectors of foreign business people. They are prepared to cry down or fight any Liberian business person in favor of a foreign businessperson, be he or she Lebanese, Indian, Chinese, Fula or any other nationality but Liberian.In the 1970s a Liberian young professional wrote a book on a critical national subject. The publishers of the book, a major United Nations organization, sent several boxes of the book to two relevant ministries of government –Education and Information, Culture and Tourism. When the author returned home to enquire about the books, neither ministry could give an account of them. Both ministries he was told had had the books discarded. Why? Because officials of these ministries, who had been over many years in the position to write the book but failed to take the initiative, become ENVIOUS. If they didn’t write it, who is he to write it?The question is can any country be built on envy?Yet we admire America, Europe and other countries forging ahead, without even bothering to know how these countries got to where they are.Too many young Liberians, after winning fellowship to travel abroad for further studies, returned to their rural villages to say “goodbye.” Many of them never returned to Monrovia to catch the plane. They were afflicted by witchcraft and dies – all because of envy.An aged woman in Cape Mount had two highly successful daughters who wanted to build a modern home for their mother. “Are you ready for me to die?” their mother asked them. “Why?” They asked. She replied, “The minute my neighbors see the work going up they will try to kill me because of envy.” The house was never built.The seventh element of Liberians’ inadequacy is our failure to learn what makes some people successful. We did not learn business acumen from the Syrians, we have not learned from the Lebanese or Indians, nor from the Fulas. Because of this failure, we have not developed the entrepreneurial capacity.This Newspaper has long complained of foreign domination of our economy. But who is to blame but ourselves? We have the ball in our own hands, but for all these reasons listed above, we have failed to play the game properly.The Daily Observer was also often complained that the government has done and is doing little or nothing to change this dangerous and dehumanizing status quo. But we wish to make it crystal clear that government alone cannot do it. Yes, the government, through its macroeconomic policies, must establish the enabling environment for Liberians to play a meaningful, effective and profitable role in the economy. The rest is left to the Liberians themselves to take the bull by the horns and go running with it. Liberians must be serious and diligent about their business. They must invest, turn over the investment, open their stores on time, be courteous and faithful to their customers and manage their money with efficiency and integrity.Unless we overcome these inadequacies, foreign business people will continue to be kings in Liberia, while we Liberians remain peons, paupers and slaves in our own country.But we can overcome! Remember that in history, the Phoenicians, great-grand fathers of Lebanese, boasted that when they were ruling the seas, the English were wearing skins. But who built the British Empire that for nearly a century ruled three quarters of the world, including the lands of the Phoenicians?The English.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Multimillion-dollar dining hall opens in Berbice

first_imgA sparkling new dining hall which equates to a scriptural one was on Sunday commissioned on the Corentyne by President David Granger.Another section of the dining hallPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger being given a tour of the facilityThe new dining hall features royalty as the cutlery is covered in gold, so too are most of the utensils, walls and most of the internal architecture.Just as the curtains – they were custom made and imported from Israel. The dining hall is located at Philipp Village at Solomon’s Temple and was opened as part of the church’s 12th anniversary.Pastor Egbert Baggot told Guyana Times that the intention was to create a “one of a kind” dining hall in the ancient county.“We did not just want the church to be one of a kind, but everything about the sanatory to be one of a kind, so, for the dining room we had stuff brought from the Middle East.”He said the objective was to have the hall built with as many as possible “scriptural products” and enriched with lots of gold.Noting that in biblical days Solomon’s Temple was enriched with a lot of gold, Pastor Baggot said it cost the church a whole lot but they wanted it to be one of a kind.“I know if you come to the Temple or if you come to the dining hall you can still that you are way off.”The tables are made of marble and even the washroom has gold. The paper towel holder has a golden finish and the toilet seats, while not made of gold, is gold in colour.The dining hall is also available for rental.last_img read more