BOSS/Tolton Meet & Greet 2020
On September 23, 2020, BOSS – Black Organization of Successful Students – hosted a Meet and Greet for incoming African American students and their parents. The hybrid event (freshmen attended in person; other students, parents and alumni were online) was co-hosted with the Tolton Society. After an opening prayer by Fr. Paul Kalenzi SJ, President John Chandler welcomed the newest members of BOSS. He challenged the students to be ready to speak up, to be agents of change and strive for the Magis, the greater. The BOSS executives then presented the club; they highlighted its mission of service and goals for the year. We also heard from Malik Murray ’92 who spoke of the Tolton Society which is committed to providing resources and connections to BOSS students and their families. Everyone was awed by the presentation from Jeremy Atuobi ’17, a former BOSS co-chair who is now studying Engineering at the University of Michigan. With his contemporary, David Moore, Jeremy spoke of his experiences at BOSS and how Saint Ignatius had shaped and empowered them. Finally, Principal Brianna Latko graciously welcomed the incoming freshmen; she commended the BOSS leaders past and present, and encouraged continued open conversations. We are grateful to all who were able to join us, including Kitty Hooper ’87, our Diversity Coordinator, and many faculty and staff of Saint Ignatius. A special thank you to the BOSS executives who organized the event. We all look forward to future BOSS/Tolton events even when we cannot meet in person.