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Groups: Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation

Danielle Harrison

Danielle Harrison, M.A., J.D.

Danielle Harrison is the Co-Director of the Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project. With over 26 years of experience of working in Christian environments, Danielle is a teacher, facilitator, trainer, consultant, spiritual director, campus minister and retreat director. Before accepting the position at SHMR, She was the director of Mission Integration at Visitation Academy. Danielle …

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Ayan Ali

Ayan serves as a researcher for the SHMR Project and conducts historical research about the lives of people held in bondage by the Society of Jesus and genealogical research about their descendants. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied women’s studies and history. Ayan previously interned with …

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Kelly L. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Kelly Schmidt leads the SHMR Project’s research effort to learn the identities and lived experience of the people whom the Jesuits held in slavery. She also coordinates the project’s genealogical research to connect living descendants of the Jesuits’ enslaved people to their ancestors. Kelly received her doctorate in United States History and Public History from …

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Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Smith, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at Saint Louis University and a founder and co-director of the Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project, passed away on Juneteenth 2021, a day he was thrilled to inaugurate as a university holiday this year. We at SHMR mourn the loss of our beloved colleague …

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Laura Weis, Ph.D.

Laura Weis coordinates the SHMR Project on behalf of the Jesuits in the United States, and works to build relationships with descendants, community members, researchers, Jesuit partners, and others to advance the project’s mission and goals. She holds a Ph.D. in Peace Studies and History from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied religion, …

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