The Hayden Chair will lead the Center, which will be a home for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, research, and public dialogue. With the collaborative efforts of faculty and staff, the Center will seek to diversify the faculty, infuse the study of race and ethnicity into the curriculum, recruit and retain more students of color, and create opportunities for interdisciplinary work in the fields of race, ethnicity, and social justice.
"As a trustee, Liz knows our strategic priorities, and as an alumna, she has shown a wonderful commitment to seeing Stonehill thrive and grow. This meaningful gift is one full of potential for how we deepen our understanding of social justice and its impact on society, while living out our Holy Cross mission,” said President John Denning, C.S.C.
For Scales, the Center is a wonderful example of a grass-roots academic initiative informed by student perspectives and nurtured by faculty.
“In writing the proposal, we focused on creating transformative culture change. We envisioned bringing in new faculty experts working in the study of race and ethnicity, strengthening and diversifying our course offerings, and creating co-curricular events to engage the entire community,” says Scales.
“It was especially important to us to create opportunities to foster mentorship through student-faculty research collaboration. We aimed to connect the College’s social justice mission to urgent questions of racial justice through an interdisciplinary lens. We are thrilled that the support of the Hayden family will allow this vision to become a reality.”
Twyman-Ghoshal said the Hayden gift was an unprecedented opportunity for growth at Stonehill.
“I am so grateful to the Hayden family for the support of this faculty-initiated and faculty-driven vision for the development and growth of Stonehill College. It has allowed faculty to see their integral role in imagining what the future of Stonehill could be. The Center represents a recommitment of the College to its social justice mission, one that makes the study of race and ethnicity the core of that charge,” said Twyman-Ghoshal.
Director of the American Studies Program and Assistant Professor of English Andrea Opitz was also a member of the proposing team.
“I hope that the Center will challenge us to live up to our commitments to change and our desire to build a more just and equitable community at Stonehill, and beyond,” said Opitz.
Hayden, a former educator, stressed the urgent need for the Center in the current moment.
“In a time of great inequality, suffering, and marginalization, we need to better understand these challenges and how to cultivate social justice in response, especially in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These matters must be addressed in our communities and in the colleges and universities that we love,” said Hayden.
“On behalf of everyone at the College, I want to thank Liz Hayden and her family for their generosity and thoughtfulness in assisting us at this time with creating a Center that will undoubtedly transform hearts and minds,” said Fr. Denning.