Newsletter - Summer 2020
Welcome to our delayed Summer 2020 Newsletter. What an unusual year 2020 has become. I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families well as you navigate all the disruptions and changes. Personally, I had to transition all of my work from in front of a live audience to online, and I also went from living alone to having two of my daughters return home. To date, all of these changes are continuing into the fall of 2020.
In this edition of the VWPN Newsletter, we are highlighting the work of Rebecca Winer, Associate Professor, History. Rebecca teaches courses on medieval history, Women and Gender Studies, and Jewish history. Her medieval courses explore various topics of interest to students including “The Black Death and Global Pandemic,”
Christine Rogers-Raetsch is VP of People at Duolingo. She has an MA in History from Villanova, and also received her MBA from VSB in 2007. Before working at Duolingo she was an executive at Vanguard. Christine is a board member for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Innovate Pittsburgh.
VWPN regularly hosts events every semester to better inform the Villanova community.
On July 16, VSB announced an expansion of its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VSB ODEI) as well as a continuation and enhancement of our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives building upon the foundational work of the past 24 months.
The issue surrounding the limited access individuals have to paid sick leave as well as paid family and medical leave has been heightened during the current Pandemic. In response, on March 18, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
As protests continue across the country highlighting the differences in treatment for men and women of color including, but not limited to their treatment by police and our judicial system, we are all called upon to explore the causes of such unequal treatment and to consider what action we can take to make our institutions more just.