Last semester, we updated you on the work of the Inclusivity and Sexual Orientation Task Force.  In that correspondence we announced that we would have presenters on campus in February.  It is hard to believe that this time is upon us already.  During the week of February 14-18,  Jim Schexnayder, SJ, Resource Director, Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry will be on campus.  Fr. Jim regularly presents at national conferences and has provided support, training, and resources to countless colleges and universities, as well as several Catholic parishes and diocese.    While here at Saint Anselm, he will guide us in conversation and lead us in presentations regarding inclusion and the needs of  LGB members of our community.  Our aim is to ensure that  Saint Anselm College is a welcoming community regardless of sexual orientation.

During Fr. Jim’s visit we many things planned.  Throughout his stay, Fr. Jim will be meeting faculty, staff, administrators and students; and with the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students and the Inclusivity and Sexual Orientation Task Force. Our hope is to engage a large cross-section of our community in dialogue.

Highlights for Faculty include:

With the Ear of Our Heart” – presentation by Fr. Jim and panel sharing by LGB  members of our community –  Tuesday, February 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the North Lounge

Breakfast sessions w/Faculty:

  • Tuesday, February 15th at 8:30 a.m. (pre-registration required)
  • Wednesday, February 16th at 8:30 a.m. (pre-registration required)

Afternoon tea session w/ Faculty:

  • Wednesday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m. (pre-registration required)

We encourage you to participate in the opportunities listed above.  To pre-register for one of the sessions identified above please reply to this e-mail with your name and contact information, as well as the session you wish to register for.

We look forward to working with all members of the college community as we together progress toward our goal of ensuring all people are respected and feel welcome at Saint Anselm College.


Maria McKenna                                             Susan Gabert
Associate Professor of Psychology             Director, Campus Ministry
Co-chair, Inclusiveness and                         Co-chair, Inclusiveness and
Sexual Orientation Task Force                    Sexual Orientation Task Force