Laudato Sí’ / Citizenship & Democracy
Jesuit Prison Education / Student Spiritual Growth & Mental Health / Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Commission Abstract: Enslavement and oppression of those from Black and native American/indigenous backgrounds are only a foundational part of anti-Blackness, anti-Brownness, bias, stereotypes, and other forms of marginalization. Those who attend this session will:

Co-Chair: Rochelle D. Smith, M.S. serves as the Vice President of the Division for Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement (DICE) at Saint Louis University. With over 24 years of experience, Smith has demonstrated visionary leadership and a data-driven approach to tackling institutional challenges. Holding a Master of Science degree in health behavior research and certification in executive leadership, she has spearheaded transformative initiatives at institutions like Yale School of Medicine and Washington University in Saint Louis. She is particularly known for creating novel programming for those from historically underrepresented backgrounds who want to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Co-Chair: Dr. Andria Wisler serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service at Georgetown University, where she is a teaching professor of Justice & Peace Studies. Andria is pursuing a certificate in Jesuit Studies from Boston College, is an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu, and a member of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) Task Force on Peace and Reconciliation. Andria serves on the boards of the Cornelia Connelly Center in New York City, a Nativity-Miguel school where she first taught through a post-graduate service program, and YouthBuild Public Charter School and Girls Global Academy, both in Washington, D.C.

Commission Members

Commission Materials (click on titles to download PDF files)