At the first assembly of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Regis student body and faculty gathered in the auditorium for a discussion on race, identity, and inclusion on Thursday, September 19. A panel of Regis alumni from various class years and backgrounds shared their insights on this important subject.
The assembly was designed to model for the Regis community what a serious, respectful conversation about race can look like. REACH Program Assistant Director Alan Garcia ’08 moderated the conversation. He asked each of the four panelists — Clyde Cole ’87, Doug Eickman ’05, Quang Nguyen ’04, and Osterman Perez ’97 — to share a moment or experience from their time at Regis that helped form their understanding of race and identity. The panelists then answered a number of questions submitted by students.
“Talking honestly and thoughtfully about race and identity is critically important, but these can also be challenging conversations,” said Regis Principal Fr. Anthony Andreassi, C.O. “I’m very grateful to our alumni panelists whose insights and example will help guide our students during their time here at Regis and beyond.”
The conversation continued beyond the assembly with dedicated follow-up discussions in all advisements and through a CAFE (Cultural Awareness for Everyone) Conversation sponsored by the Diversity Club.
Throughout the year, Regis uses assemblies to explore important topics facing the school and society more broadly. Future assembles will focus on vocations, Martin Luther King Day, and servant leadership, among other subjects.