LSTC Class of 2024 Launches Fundraising Campaign for Pero Center

Speakers from the class of 2024 in a cap and gown.

As the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2024, the community is invited to participate in a special initiative to support future students. The graduates have launched a fundraising campaign to benefit the Rev. Dr. Albert ‘Pete’ Pero and Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero Center for Intersectionality Studies.

The Pero Center has been a vital resource for students, providing dynamic programming under the leadership of Dr. Linda Thomas, Academic Dean and Vice President of Student Affairs. The center’s focus on intersectionality aligns with LSTC’s mission as a ‘public church,’ offering programs such as the Vine Deloria Symposium, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship & Program, and monthly celebrations of Black History, Dalit History, and Pride.

Recognizing the profound impact of the Pero Center on their education, the Class of 2024 aims to raise $4,000 by June 19, 2024—Juneteenth, a date symbolic of the center’s mission and values. The funds will support the center’s ongoing efforts to foster inclusivity and understanding within the LSTC community.

Contributions of any size are welcomed and will directly benefit the Pero Center’s programs and community-building initiatives. Donations can be made online, or by mailing a check to the Advancement Office at LSTC, 5416 South Cornell Ave, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60615, with “2024 Class Gift” in the memo line.

The Class of 2024 encourages everyone to share this message and support this meaningful cause. With collective generosity, the Pero Center can continue to thrive and inspire future generations of LSTC students.

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