Before I begin, I would like to first thank everyone for attending the historic chartering of Christian Brothers University Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP. As, you have heard before we are the FIRST LaSallian Institutte in the world to have its very own chapter of the NAACP. Christian Brothers University has historically been a leader within its community and still today this is no exception.
So, as you are sitting here this evening you might be wondering why I felt the need to bring the NAACP to CBU. From the moment I stepped foot on campus I’ve fallen in love with CBU. The professors are great, the campus is beautiful and everyone… literally EVERYONE knows your name. All of these things are amazing and are no doubt reasons why I love my University. I’m sure that all of you have heard the saying by Alexander Hamilton “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything” Our University stands for something! Our mission is built on the LaSallian tradition and it is something that we live by daily.
Not only does CBU stand for something, but the NAACP does as well. The NAACP thrives to advocate for equality and justice for individuals of all races. This ties in with LaSallian mission.
Now, more than ever we need advocates for equality and justice for all.
Last night, there was a Diversity Workshop for all leaders on campus. The workshop was AMAZING. The workshop forced us to talk about disparities in a comfortable setting. After the workshop last night I am more convinced than ever that we desperately need a group like the NAACP to lead in breaking down barriers both on and off of campus.
CBU’s Collegiate University will stand for something. We will make a conscious effort to talk about about “the elephant in the room.” We will make it our daily mission to eliminate the unspoken divide. We will strive to be inclusive to people of all races and nationalities.
So, to my members and future members it’s time to get to work!
Christian Brothers University ’17
CBU’s NAACP- Founder/ President