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Erase Racism as a Goal at the University and beyond

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By: Neil H. Donahue, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

On Wednesday evening, June 7th, I attended the gala banquet of Erase Racism in the Garden City Hotel. The organization does tremendous work to highlight the problems of racism and segregation on Long Island that exist in ways and to degrees that most inhabitants of the Island probably don’t wish to think about. At each place setting in the main dining area, we each had not only the program for the evening but also a new infographic of various statistics, stunning (in two different senses) both in its beautiful visual presentation and in the statistics themselves. The beautiful presentation highlighted an ugly reality – to wit, that Long Island is more intensely segregated by school districts than it was 12 years ago, even though diversity overall on Long Island has increased.

The stark reminder of that seemingly entrenched social reality did not undermine, rather more reinforced, the strong sense of solidarity in the…

Black/Hispanic Alumni Association Dinner - Keynote Address by Jonathan Lightfoot

Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus

Thank you to Gwendolyn Wade, the BHAA officers and the Dinner Committee for the invitation to speak to you this evening at the annual Black/Hispanic Alumni Association Dinner. It is an honor. Congratulations to all the honorees and scholarship recipients. Let’s give them another round of applause. I’ll tell you like Jennifer Lopez told P Diddy, Cris Judd, Tommy Mottola, Casper, Ben Affleck, and Drake, “I won’t hold you long”. If I were to give my remarks a title, it would be:
Wake Up! Stay Woke! Leadership for Social Justice in the New World Order
I will attempt to make connections between the title of my talk and the theme of this year’s affair, Raising the Bar for Defining Excellence. Now I must be straight up with you. I come from the old school and the Black Church tradition of Call and Response. Black preachers and orators don’t like speaking to a dry, quiet or dead crowd. In fact, there is a story of a Black p…

Remarks for the Center for “Race”, Culture and Social Justice inaugural event

Good Morning Hofstra! My name is Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot and I am the Director of the new Center for “Race”, Culture and Social Justice. My remarks will be brief and I promise not to mention the New World Order, our so-called ‘president’, twitter, Putin, the Russians, wiretapping, Obamacare, Muslim bans, Ben Carson, slaveship immigrants, Betsy DeVos, Grizzly Bears, Jeff Sessions, transgender bathrooms, the CIA, the FBI, espionage, Steve Bannon, white nationalists, fake news, alternative facts, or draining swamps. Furthermore, in my efforts to be brief I promise not to mention the Kardashians, Kanye, Kyrie Irving, the Real Housewives, Oprah, Bachelors and Bachelorettes, Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj, hip hop beefs, celebrity divorces, O.J., Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Facebook Live, Snap Chat, Instagram, I-Phones, Selfies, Adele, Beyonce, Lemonade, the Grammys, La La Land, Moonlight or the Academy Awards. I just want to thank a few people who helped make the Center a reality and this day…