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More than 1,200 people from around the world have gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center this week for the Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s 29th annual conference. Presenters from 40 states and 13 countries have helped round out dozens of seminars, working groups, coaching services and keynote speeches, including Wednesday’s keynote speech from CNN commentator Van Jones.
“The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is diversity Mecca,” said Tiffany Jana, author of Overcoming Bias and the keynote speaker for Wednesday’s lunch.
I stopped by the forum on Wednesday, and spoke with about a dozen people before Jones spoke and led a panel of experts on the topic of “Leading in a Time of Fear and Polarization.” Representing a vast range of corporations, government work, small businesses, nonprofits and the education sector, among others, the attendees expressed eagerness to learn from one another, gain more skills and expertise, and in general become stronger advocates and leaders around diversity and inclusion.
“I’m involved with supply chain management … and if you want return on investment and innovative services you should be diverse in how you source,” said Lamont Hames, president and CEO of LMH Strategies. “Diversity is a big issue, but it’s economic at the end of the day too. This conference appealed to me because it addresses that, as well as the human side of these issues.”
“It’s interesting to see which traditional, large companies are coming to expand their views,” he added.
Vance Okstad attended to better inform his role as a human resources adviser for the Duluth National Guard and the 148th Fighter Wing.
“This is such a good place to get a different and deeper understanding of diversity and inclusion,” Okstad said.
Sarah Khair traveled from Toronto and was hoping to help her company, Sun Life Financial, continue to evolve the diversity and inclusion strategy it refreshed in 2015.
“We have a great infrastructure in place and we’re hoping to find ways to implement it more deeply,” she said.
St. Thomas President Dr. Julie Sullivan welcomed the hundreds of people on hand for the day’s opening general session, introducing Jones and setting the stage for what would prove to be a spirited discussion.
“In these contentious and challenging times, it’s important for people of good faith to come together to learn how to respect our difference and find our common ground,” she said. “It is clear this year’s forum … is uniquely set up to help us find that path to common ground, for all of us assembled here and for all of us in our daily lives.”
From there, Jones and the panel (featuring Caroline Wanga of Target; Howard Ross of Cook Ross, Inc.; Jacob Rascon of NBC News; Miles Davis of Shenandoah University; and Tinna Nielsen of Move the Elephant for Inclusion) were off. Here are five observations from their talk.
Despite nearly three decades of the forum and many more years of work throughout the country, the work of advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) remains difficult
Addressing the entire audience, Jones said simply: “I want to thank you guys for taking on the job you do. I wouldn’t do it. It is too hard.”
Comparing committee meetings surrounding D&I to defusing bombs, Jones said, “You don’t have a hazmat suit, a helmet. All you have is your heart and the skills you bring. If you have wild success, a year from now things will be much better and you will get no credit. … That’s success. If you mess up, you get triggered. If you commit the crime of being a human being in the middle of doing something difficult, you get all the barbs, bombs of 20, 30, 40 years of that person’s upbringings. … You got more issues than Time Magazine right in front of you. You don’t have someone you can turn to most of the time. Yet, the work you’re doing is the most important work in the country. We’ve never needed you more.”
Steve Humerickhouse, executive director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, seconded the importance of D&I work and the forum in the current political climate.
“The work we’re doing in diversity inclusion is more important now than it’s ever been. You can feel bad about the climate and be really upset, but … suddenly diversity is in the newspaper every single day. Every kind of diversity you can think of is in the news and people are talking about it,” he said. “The work is more important than ever, and it becomes an issue of applying what we know to really make sure we’re taking advantage of this unique period in time. Van said, ‘I would not want to have your jobs,’ and yet, you have the unique opportunity now to really make a difference.”
The current political discourse in the U.S. isn’t making anything easier
Pointing attention toward the model of political discourse seen on television like his network, CNN, Jones said, “Every conversation … has become all too often, I’m right, you’re wrong. I’m right, you’re wrong. Commercial break. We’re back. I’m right, you’re wrong. And it’s getting worse. Now it’s, we’re right, they’re wrong. We’re not even talking to each other, but about each other. That’s dangerous.”
Rascon, who covered both pro- and anti-Donald Trump rallies in Texas throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, had a unique view into what happens when you listen to people in person, not through the filter of your media.
“We cocoon ourselves and we can … put ourselves in these echo chambers and only hear from people who agree with us. That makes a different point of view more shocking,” he said. “I was stunned at the lack of intellectual diversity [throughout the election], even among my colleagues in all of news. We do a good job at a lot of places at being diverse in the color of our skin, but not intellectual diversity. … Because we’re so cocooned, when we’re exposed to other people it’s more of a shock.”
Instead of walling ourselves off into different-thinking tribes, advancing diversity and inclusion is based on the fact that…
It’s OK to disagree; we’re supposed to. How we have the conversation is what matters
Joking that people such as himself in the media get the benefit of taking good ideas developed by people like those gathered at the forum, Jones said we need to recognize the great value of disagreeing and interacting with people who see things differently than you do.
“In democracy, you’re supposed to disagree. That’s called freedom. It’s the greatest source of problem-solving in the world, when two different opinions can express themselves. You haggle, have thesis, antithesis, which gives you a synthesis. Two opposing ideas should give you a better idea because of the discussion, because of the debate. We don’t ever get to the synthesis any more,” Jones said. “We need a new conversation that’s not about I’m right and you’re wrong, but I want to understand and I want to be understood. That’s hard. Both are hard. You don’t have the words, the skills, the language. That’s why you’re so important. You’re figuring this stuff out, in real time, with real stakes, with real people, everyday. I know it’s hard, it’s frustrating. You come up against your own limitations every day.”
Finding common ground among different ideologies has become more difficult
Talking about the often under-acknowledged effect of people “becoming more tribal” because of the U.S.’s increasing diversity, Ross said it can only be expected.
“It’s a natural human progression of human beings. We are tribal, and as we have more and more people who are different around us we have a tendency to more tribal,” he said. “This notion that we as diversity practitioners have promoted often doesn’t take into account this other side of it (of people’s reaction to move more toward their tribe). We live in a myth that humans are rational. We’re not. … We’re blind to our own perspectives. That’s the deepest challenge we have.”
Nielsen said the biggest combatant to those natural inclinations are to avoid lumping people and their ways of thinking into ideological groups, but instead recognizing that each person is a unique individual.
“That us and them, they’re wrong and we’re right; you have to see the human being as part of that,” she said.
Luckily, there are ways for people to learn to recognize their natural ways of thinking and do something about it
Several panelists cited research showing decreasing levels of empathy in our society, which is an easy problem to see but harder to solve. Nielsen talked about playing a game inside your own head where, when having a conversation, you do your best to flip your perspective to something different (“What if the person saying this to me was a man and not a woman? How would I think of what they’re saying differently?”), which can move your thinking beyond the natural, reptilian tendencies of our brains. Ross spoke about the evolution from years ago when people tried to train others not to have bias, to now, when people instead can recognize that they have biases, acknowledge them and work to move past them.
Dr. Radia Perlman will present “Who Am I? Adventures in Authentification.”
Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing set of features of student-athlete Kyle Reid, which are the result of nearly one year of reporting on a unique student and his experience at St. Thomas. With so many elements to Reid’s story – as well as the complex and sensitive nature of many of them – we knew capturing everything in a single story would be a difficult task. Our profile of Reid for St. Thomas magazine is the product of those efforts, but due to spatial constraints we couldn’t dig as deeply as we would have liked for certain aspects of Reid’s story. With the goal in mind of providing more detail in some of those key areas, we are publishing these supplemental features in the Newsroom. To read our original story, click here. Other supplemental features are available here.
Andee Reid sat on a row of bleachers on the pool deck inside the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, a place she has spent countless hours since her husband, Kyle, enrolled at St. Thomas in 2015.
Across the pool in the diving well, Reid and his teammates had begun practice. It was late September, early in the diving season, and Andee pulled out her cellphone to show me how she spent a large chunk of those many hours in this same building last season: She scrolled through images of her favorite drawings, characters from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” rendered in striking detail. A passionate artist who often draws, paints and crafts, Andee admitted she’s not an easy judge of her own work.
“These are the only ones I really like,” Andee said. “I’m a perfectionist, so if something doesn’t go my way I get stressed about it. But these are a nice stress reliever.”
Like Reid, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and conversion disorder, Andee has had plenty of stress in her life. As Reid’s full-time caretaker, Andee takes on the dual roles of wife and professional help every day. She attends every practice and all of Reid’s classes with him, although she is not a student at St. Thomas. Their marriage has seen more ups and downs than many others experience in a lifetime, and throughout it all their love for one another has helped shape an inspiring partnership.
“I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Andee said. “We’ve had a hard life, but it’s the life we’ve chosen together and it’s the life we’re going to live.”
“I do not know where I would be without her,” Reid said.
Montana natives, online daters
Although Andee and Reid grew up only a few hours apart in Whitefish and Chinook, Montana, respectively, the two met online and talked for about a year before they met in person. The moment Reid got off the train and they saw each other for the first time was life-changing for both of them.
“Have you ever had that moment where there’s a crowd of people but there’s only one person you see and everyone else isn’t even there? Kyle was the only person I saw,” Andee said. “I knew from that point that we were going to stay together.”
That was at the beginning of 2010, and their relationship was forced to continue as a long-distance one as Reid trained for, and then served, an overseas tour in Afghanistan throughout most of 2011.
“It was very, very difficult. It was not for the faint of heart. It would go from being really high [when we were together] and as soon as he would leave it was like, ‘What now? What do I do?’’’ Andee said. “I stayed with him because of who he is. The way he acts, the way he makes me laugh. I actually was not a big talker when we first started getting to know each other. Those phone calls [included a lot of], ‘Are you still there?’ ‘Yeah, I’m still here.’ He had to work hard to get me out of my comfort zone and talking. He brought out the person that I am now.”
After he returned from Afghanistan at the end of 2011, Reid was stationed at a base in San Diego, California, which meant – while Andee could live nearby – they couldn’t live together without being married. For both of them, the solution was pretty obvious. On Valentine’s Day 2012 they arrived at the courthouse, marriage certificate already in hand, allowing them to skip past the long line of couples getting married on the national day of love.
“In that two-year span [from when we first met until we got married] we were only together in the same place 31 total days,” Reid said.
Together or apart, dating or married, their relationship has been tested by considerable hardship: long bouts of separation, two miscarriages, Reid’s battle with undiagnosed and, later diagnosed, PTSD and seizures, the death of Reid’s younger brother.
“We’ve been through two miscarriages, almost a divorce [after the second one]. We’ve been through deaths,” Andee said. “It has been a roller coaster.”
Andee and Reid have emerged from all that together and, now at St. Thomas, have formed a life that has both feeling positive moving forward.
“We’ve gotten to a good place in our marriage. The past is the past. I forgive him for what happened and have accepted that part,” Andee said. “We say that the miscarriage [that led to a fallout and Kyle seeking professional help], even though it was very painful, it was a blessing. Not only did it bring me to the light of what was going on with him, but I wouldn’t have been able to take care of a baby and him, and everything he’s going through. We’ve accepted that part of it.”
A daily dual life
As a full-time caretaker for Reid, Andee is constantly sensitive to his condition and how he’s doing at any given time. While his seizures are hard to predict, Reid and Andee have a better understanding of how stress management can mitigate them. When they do arrive, Andee is now an expert on how to handle the situation.
Other instances have reinforced how important it is for the pair to be together. Reid once developed a facial twitch akin to Tourette’s syndrome symptoms when Andee was away in Montana for a week, Andee said. That level of dependence has required Andee to find out the hard way she needed training and therapy to make sure she can maintain her own well-being too.
“As a couple we’re in a great spot,” Andee said. “This is the best either of us has been in the last two years and for years before.”
A busy schedule throughout the school year helps: It’s full of positives such as the swim team, classes and friends, but also requires careful management.
“We spend 24/7 together. In the summer there were stretches where I wanted to be away, have a different schedule and a little time where we can miss each other. Now [during the school year], even though our days are full of each other, I feel like I don’t talk to him or see him a lot because we’re constantly going. I can’t have a conversation with him in the middle of class,” Andee said. “When Sunday comes that’s my day. That’s my time with him not doing anything.”
Recognizing what they both need has been crucial as they’ve continued developing a new normal in Minnesota and at St. Thomas. Although only Reid is a student, both have become a part of the Tommie community.
“She’s always there and has been so supportive to Kyle and us. She’s so welcoming to us into her own life. It’s just amazing to have not one but two people like that on our team,” said sophomore diver Andrew Grabowski. “Andee’s part of our family and knows that; she’s everywhere with us. It’s so fun to see that, another member who’s so open and welcoming to us.”
Open and welcoming is an apt description for both Reid and Andee, who, together, are living examples of love overcoming hardship.
“When life is getting me down I wake up the next day and say, ‘Whatever. What else do you have for me?’ That’s the way we feel defines us,” Reid said. “If something bad happens, we don’t go, ‘Pity me.’ We have to work harder this time. That has come naturally to me, and Andee has come to adapt to in the last seven years. You can make a choice and hope it sticks for awhile, but you have to wake up every day and make the same decisions again.”
The Luce Foundation has awarded recent St. Olaf College graduate Corey Ruder ’16 a prestigious fellowship that will enable her to continue her work in aquatic biogeochemistry in Asia.
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.
Ruder, who majored in environmental studies at St. Olaf, is one of 18 students selected as a 2017 Luce Scholar. She is currently studying the effects of internal waves on nitrogen cycling in reservoirs through a Ph.D. program at Washington State University Vancouver.
“I’m optimistic that this year in Asia will contribute to my dissertation research at Washington State, and I am most excited to be completely immersed in a new culture,” says Ruder. She hopes to continue her research at Lake Biwa in Japan and become fluent in Japanese, including the technical vocabulary she’ll need working in a laboratory setting
As a senior at St. Olaf, Ruder received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships support the most promising graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Ruder had a number of hands-on learning experiences at St. Olaf that prepared her for the graduate work she’s now doing.
As a Beckman Scholar at St. Olaf, Ruder independently designed an 18-month research project assessing the utility of Chironomidae (Diptera) as indicators of nitrogen loading in lakes under the guidance of Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Charles Umbanhowar Jr.
She also studied abroad in Australia for a semester with Associate Professor of Biology Steve Freedberg, where she was involved in several smaller research projects, and spent two Interims in Japan — one with Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak and the other with Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Jackson ’92. Both of these faculty members worked with the Luce Foundation and helped Ruder apply for the scholars program.
Ruder traveled with St. Olaf Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies John Schade to Siberia last summer as part of the Polaris Project, which investigates the impacts of global climate change in the Arctic ecosystem.
In addition to her research projects, Ruder received the Finstad Entrepreneurial Grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career during her first year on campus and co-founded the Ole Thrift Shop LLC with Lyla Amini ’14 and Sudip Bhandari ’14. The student-run small business combats campus waste by collecting donations of clothes, books, and miscellaneous belongings in the spring, then selling the secondhand items during the first week of the following school year.
From study abroad programs to research projects, Ruder’s experiences have prepared her for the work she’ll do through the Luce Scholarship program. “I very much consider this an opportunity that St. Olaf made possible,” says Ruder.
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The St. Olaf College Fifth Year Emerging Artists will hold an exhibition at the Public Functionary Art Gallery from March 31 to April 8.
The artists — Jon Tiburzi, Madison Vang, Erika Terwilliger, and Marra Evans — all graduated from St. Olaf in 2016.
The objective of the Fifth Year Emerging Artist program, along with the new Emerging Curator position held by Taylor Davis, is to offer St. Olaf graduates an intensive art experience to better prepare them for graduate school or a professional career in the arts. The program is designed for gifted and self-motivated artists and curators who wish to make visual arts the core of their professional future.
The exhibition at the Public Functionary Art Gallery, titled 4 Fifths, will feature printmaking, ceramics, game design, illustration, and sculpture.
Terwilliger will display 472 ceramic tiles on a 20-foot long plywood table. These tiles are replicas of cross sections of plastic lumber from park benches that she found at the Mississippi Lock and Dam in Minneapolis.
Vang will display a series of small bronze sculptures encased in soap. Exhibition attendees will then be invited to wear the soap away by hand with water.
Tiburzi will show a video game that he has been working on designing in collaboration with London-based musician Terrane. The game will explore procedurally generated islands and ambient music, with the computer generating the game’s musical soundscapes and content almost randomly via algorithms.
Evans will use side-by-side drawings to illustrate that what we see in front of us — whether a person or a plant or another object — is actually composed of more complex matter. A drawing of a runner, for example, will be paired with a drawing of the runner’s skeletal system.
“We see the outer layer of everyone around us, but we are made up into other parts in order for us to function as a whole unit,” she says. “Showing what we can’t see with the naked eye is very beautiful in that its composition is important to how it functions.”
Tiburzi hopes his video game can convey a similar message. “I hope to share a sense of musical exploration with the players. In the larger picture, I wish to illustrate video game design as an art form, by presenting it in a space traditionally regarded as for the ‘fine arts,'” he says.
Furthermore, the artists hope that the audience can experience arts beyond the way they commonly experienced it.
“I enjoy creating interactive sculpture because it isn’t common for an audience to be able to be involved in art in such a tactile way, but it is an incredible way to experience art and to form more personal connections with a piece,” Vang says. “I hope viewers will come away from this show and my body of work with that personal connection and a deeper understanding or curiosity about sculpture.”
Minnesota 10th District Court judge Tad Jude wears a ring on his right hand that belonged to his father, Victor. Despite the fact it’s 68 years old, each of the words from the 1948 class ring are still legible: College of St. Thomas.
Jude, the oldest of 10 children, followed his father’s example in attending St. Thomas and much else in life: being a public servant, a small-business owner and a visible member of the community. Jude served in the Minnesota Legislature as a representative and then a senator from 1972-88, followed by stretches as a county commissioner, a worker’s compensation attorney for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and since 2010 as a judge.
“It was just part of growing up that we were involved in the community,” Jude said. “I’ve enjoyed it. I enjoy people and trying to solve problems, and I’ve gotten to do that throughout [my career].”
Jude’s political career began early. Very early, in fact: He was the youngest person ever voted into the Minnesota Legislature when, in 1972, he won the representative seat for District 42A amid a five-candidate field as a 20-year-old senior at St. Thomas. The law requires legislators to be 21 years old, and it was ruled that because he would turn 21 in December (before he was sworn in the following month) he was eligible to be elected.
“St. Thomas really did afford a very good opportunity: I had a professor named Ed Brandt when I was a senior there that gave me an independent study program [to run for office] where he gave me credit as long as I met different requirements,” Jude said with a laugh. “Politics, a lot of what you needed then and need now is the ability to listen to people and be involved in the community. And then be an advocate for the needs of the community. … That’s still the case. A good education gives you the skills you need for a variety of things you might encounter as you go forward, and St. Thomas did that for me. St. Thomas developed a lot of good skills in me to start [my career].”
Jude graduated in December and jumped into his legislative duties. The following fall he enrolled in night classes at William Mitchell and four years later earned his juris doctor degree, which he utilized as a practicing lawyer for many years. Throughout that stretch he remained an elected official, and was voted in for eight straight cycles as a representative and then senator. His law experience helped as he became especially involved in judiciary areas.
“We went from a municipal court system to a county court system to a district court system like we have now [while I was in office],” Jude said. “And then we started the house of appeals, which I chaired the house judiciary committee for. We shrunk the Supreme Court from nine to seven. That structure was set up when I was at the legislature.”
After several years on the county commissioner board and then as a worker’s compensation attorney, Jude was one of 24 people who ran in 2010 for the vacant judgeship in District 10. In yet another role, Jude has remained the consummate public servant.
“He operates with a point of view of a person with an amazingly diverse set of professional experiences,” said Nate Johnson ’01, Jude’s law clerk. “[What] I find so interesting about Judge Jude [is] that he was an attorney, a small-business owner; he’s from rural Minnesota but has also lived in the city. … It’s rare we have parties come in to try a case that he can’t relate to in some way.”
Johnson, who was a political science major at St. Thomas, has enjoyed learning from the perspectives Jude brings to the court room.
“The aspects he’s most interested in are the people … and how the laws and the court system affect those people,” he said. “He’s able to have a dialogue with these parties trying to resolve a dispute and can understand their small-business concerns, family concerns, or even if it’s a criminal case and the parties have shown themselves to be imperfect, he’s not afraid to show he can relate to that too.”
Reflecting on a career that remains dedicated to service, Jude was hopeful about why people would continue to seek out public office.
“You’re helping making the community better; hopefully, you’re making opportunities for people in the future. Whether it be in education, environmental opportunities, anything,” Jude said. “I think we are leaving a better society for our children and grandchildren and giving them a good future. It’s being challenged all the time … but I’m optimistic about the world our children and grandchildren will live in.”
The series hopes to clarify major concerns and inspire discussion in the Northfield community.
Concordia University, St. Paul’s Hmong Culture and Language Program is hosting its 14th annual Building Cultural Bridges Summer Day Camp for Pre-K through 12th-grade students June 12-22, 2017 on the Concordia campus. This year’s camp is scheduled about a month early than it has been in previous years.… Read More
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In a local version of “International Apprentice,” Saint Mary’s University students formally presented their problem-solving ideas to a panel of judges.
But, unlike the television show with a similar name, there were no celebrity appearances, and nobody was fired.
Instead, in a collaboration between students in Saint Mary’s “Intercultural Communication” class and Cotter High School’s international students, everyone was a winner.
It all started with listening.
The “Intercultural Communication” class (part of Saint Mary’s new leadership minor) was asked to help Cotter High School with a real-life issue: its 86 international students often stay within their own ethnic group in their residence hall instead of interacting with others.
Although it was close, the winning group presented the idea of creating Living Learning Communities, based loosely on those in place at Saint Mary’s. The students suggested that Cotter students could get to know each other through common interests like outdoor activities (fishing, camping, skiing), gaming and sports, food, and movies. They suggested all Cotter students could also become involved in the fun, as well as the planning.According to senior Rachel Mohs, the team’s goal in developing living learning communities was “for students to gain perspective of others, to hear their stories, to interact with one another, and hopefully start to break down any unknown fears that either subconsciously or consciously happen in our ever changing and interconnected world.”
Another Saint Mary’s group suggested Cotter’s international students use facilities at Saint Mary’s to build community through scheduled activities like open gyms, pool time, yoga, and skiing. They suggested students “unplug” from the internet during interactive time and swap online gaming for board games and other activities.
The third Saint Mary’s group suggested breaking Cotter students into groups to work on an academic-based presentation/performance about countries other than their own. Each group, they suggested, could choose a country to highlight through poems, dances, plays, and visual arts. Through an interactive performance, participants could introduce the audience to each country’s flags, currency, music, historical figures, food, movies, athletics, and dance. The event, they said, could bring the entire school together, and families and community members could also be invited.
Sister Judith Schaefer, president of Cotter Schools, said she knew her students appreciated that someone was truly listening to them and helping them come up with creative ideas.
“Some of what the students suggested are things we do,” she said. “We have an international week and a night where they cook together, but we are always looking for ideas to build into our curriculum—and things we can implement with our current living structure to connect our students. This was very useful and really fun.”
According to Saint Mary’s professor Dr. Lori Charron, “A basic skillset for leaders includes the abilities to listen, understand, and respond. This problem-based learning assignment asks my students to do just that within the community. By interacting with students from diverse cultures, our student leaders learn to understand—and appreciate—multiple perceptions of an issue, find workable solutions, and present them in a manner that entices the audience.
“Besides that, our students are having fun getting to know some amazing Cotter students from around the world. It’s a win-win for our students and Cotter High School.”
Photo caption: Rachel Mohs and her team present during “International Apprentice.”
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota alumna Janeé Harteau ’03, M’06 is a proven leader in her profession, the community, the classroom. And, now—in a recent listing by Fortune magazine—the Minneapolis police chief has been named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders.
Ranked at No. 22, Chief Harteau is listed alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to Fortune, these 50 leaders—located throughout the world in areas of business, government, philanthropy, and the arts—“are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.”
Fortune noted, “Over the past 18 months, Harteau has endured the kinds of challenges that every chief dreads. Growing tension with the police union. A spike in overall crime rates. And most challenging of all: the fatal shooting by police of an African-American man, Jamar Clark, under dubious circumstances that prompted an 18-day protest organized by Black Lives Matter. Harteau weathered these woes with the steadiness that has made her a leadership role model.”
As Harteau told Saint Mary’s when she was first appointed chief, “It’s all about communication,” she said. “If you don’t like something, take ownership and help to make it better. My goal is daily excellence: in service, professionalism, relationship building, and trust.”
Harteau earned her B.S. in Police Science in 2003 and M.A. in Public Safety Administration in 2006 at Saint Mary’s, and she has also been teaching as an adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s since 2007. In 2013, the university presented her with a Distinguished Alumna Award.
Join Saint Mary’s in congratulating Harteau for building trust between police and residents while addressing safety concerns in Minneapolis.
Read more at fortune.com/worlds-greatest-leaders.
Photo caption: Janeé Harteau ’03, M’06 received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in 2013.
Dr. Maddalena Marinari’s parents were migrants. They moved across Europe before she was born and have answered their daughter’s endless stream of questions ever since. Now a professor in history, peace, justice, and conflict studies, and gender, women, and sexuality studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Marinari’s fascination with her parents’ stories inspired a passion and a career.
After earning her undergraduate degree at Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” in Naples, Italy, Marinari discovered another immigration story. She investigated Italian immigrants’ movement to a town in Pennsylvania and followed her research to the United States, where she completed her doctorate at the University of Kansas. There, she combined her passions and became an expert in 20th Century United States history and immigration history.
“When I look at history, I focus on the people who often don’t have a voice,” said Marinari. “We all know who the presidents are who declare the wars, but there is also someone who has to fight that war and someone who has to flee that war. When you think of undocumented immigration, you do not think of European immigrants. I want us to learn their stories and fill in important gaps.”
In 2015, Marinari joined the history department at Gustavus. Not long after, she was named an Affiliated Scholar with the Immigration Research History Center (IRHC) of the University of Minnesota. She joined the team of interdisciplinary historians from a range of American and international universities as the lone representative from a liberal arts college. Together, their mission is to collaborate on research projects to “transform the way in which we understand immigration in the past and present.”
Recently, the scholars completed two projects on the intersection of immigration history and recent federal policies. Named the #ImmigrationSyllabus, the first of the collaborative projects assembles stories, articles, and multimedia sources in a website and educational resource to provide historical context to the current national debates over immigration reform. The work comprises a broad range of readings and materials in order to be accessible to all readers. The resource includes lesson plans that focus on providing K-12 teachers, regardless of background knowledge and expertise, with the tools and information necessary to discuss and accurately teach this material to students. The syllabus is also intended to reach influential actors in government policy in order to ensure the accuracy and context of current and future discussions and legislation.
“We cannot make positive changes to immigration policy if we do not know how we got here,” said Marinari.
Launched in late January, the Syllabus has 30,000 downloads, 300,000 views, and has been accessed from 55 different countries. Most importantly for Marinari and the Affiliated Scholars, the project does not take a political stance in the current debates. Rather, their extensive research provides historical context to address the problems associated with inaccurate information regarding immigration policies.
“History does not repeat itself, it builds,“ Marinari said. “The inclusion of history in current policy decisions is necessary because it lets us step back from paranoia and hysteria and protects us from targeting marginalized people.”
Following the #ImmigrationSyllabus’ popularity, Public Radio International (PRI) requested Marinari and the Affiliated Scholars’ expertise for an annotation of recent executive policies. The intention of the annotation was to provide bi-partisan historical context rather than a partisan analysis. The IRHC was also recently awarded funding to investigate and broadcast the rich immigrant and refugee history of the state of Minnesota, an often overlooked part of the state’s history.
In addition to her research, Marinari’s underlying commitment to filling holes and uncovering unknown elements of history have also driven the direction of her classrooms at Gustavus. She incorporates personal stories, diaries, and primary sources to add perspective to each course’s syllabus. However, she often asks her students to go one step further.
In her current entry-level history class, the students’ assignment is to identify an object or thing that tells their own family history. The goal is both to uncover the story behind their individual history and to determine how it fits into the broader, general U.S. history timeline.
“By giving the work personal meaning, we reach the point of context and understanding. When the students are doing it and not just studying it, that’s when we can make history fun,” Marinari said.
In upcoming semesters, Marinari’s students will join her collaboration with the IRHC through contributions to the Immigrant Stories project, a staple of their work and mission. Moving forward, she envisions a project that exposes students to the experience of using an archive, pulling sources together, and building a story from the information.
For more information on the Immigration Research History Center and recent projects, visit https://cla.umn.edu/ihrc.
To view or download the #ImmigrationSyllabus, visit http://editions.lib.umn.edu/immigrationsyllabus/.
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Freshman Meghan Sharkus owned her own company before she legally could vote, so I wasn’t terribly surprised to meet an energetic young woman the day before fall break who said she’s “too busy for my own good.” That’s pretty normal for a freshman in the midst of their first midterms.
Less normal are Sharkus’ accomplishments before she even arrived at St. Thomas: The aforementioned business, ExpressionMed, is dedicated to improving the education, design appeal and safety of insulin kits for children with diabetes. Sharkus developed her ideas over a summer at the University of Pennsylvania and is now on the brink of fully hitting the market after the business incorporated last summer.
“I thought this was something I would put on the back burner until after I graduated and come back to it,” Sharkus said. “[People at University of Pennsylvania] encouraged me to get going now. I basically said, ‘I’m 16; that’s not a thing.’ They just said, ‘Oh, it’s a thing.’”
Inspired by a childhood friend who dealt with the struggles and stigma of an insulin kit, Sharkus “thought I could do something about this” and plans to dedicate a large portion of her business’ profit to sending children with diabetes to summer camps and to telling their stories. ExrpessionMed also recently won the undergraduate division of the St. Thomas Fowler Business Concept Challenge.
On top of her budding business, the Oregon, Wisconsin, native is tackling the same things her classmates are: trying to decide on a major, enjoying extracurricular activities (PULSE dancing, especially) and not sleeping in all the time now that mom’s not around to wake them up. The Newsroom caught up with Sharkus to talk best-ever gifts, replenishing the bread supply and concert lightning strikes.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My friend Maddie is two years younger than me … and ended up “mom-ing” me through my entire senior year. … For graduation she got all her friends really nice bracelets, cliche girly things, and got me an emergency college kit. Socks, scissors, paper clips, pens, tape. I have used every single one of those things in the first week. I had a shower rack and it was zip tied and I’m thinking, “I did not pack scissors. But Maddie did!” … At first, everyone had all these cute things and she got me a pack of socks and office supplies. She was like, “You’re gonna need them.” I packed for college, thought I was fine. I was not fine. I needed everything. That was probably the best gift ever.
If I gave you $100 to spend in the next hour, what would you spend it on?
Well, we’re out of bread, so that would be part of it. … I’ve learned to be pretty content with what I have, but if I had an hour to spend it … I would probably find a friend and a five-star restaurant and spend way too much on food. I’ve always wanted to try that. You always see pictures of little, like, a carrot, with some sort of garnish, and that’s like $30. If I had money like that to frivolously spend I would go to a five-star restaurant and order something ridiculous.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I’ve only been to one concert, unless you count going to [Saturday Night Live] and seeing Twenty One Pilots, which was like the coolest thing in my life. … Maddie asked me to go with her to Shawn Mendes and I don’t love his music, but OK, I’ll go. We get there and there’s a thunderstorm, lightning hits the stage, the sound and lights go out. I’m freaking out because I hate lightning. That was in Milwaukee. I can’t say it was the best, because I hate thunderstorms, but it was the only one, and definitely interesting.
If you could have a meal with a famous person who would you choose?
Marcus Lemonis. He has a show called “The Profit” where he goes around and fixes broken businesses. He’s super interesting. My dad and I watch his show, so I would say, “My dad and I love your show. Tell me what I’m doing wrong.” That would be pretty cool.
What’s your favorite meal?
That’s so hard. My favorite food, I always say ice cream, but 95 percent of the time I’m not in the mood for ice cream. If someone put it in front of me right now I wouldn’t want it. My dad and his girlfriend get those Blue Apron boxes where you get ingredients to make whatever recipe and it’s always so good. So all of those.
What was your most prized possession as a kid?
The sentimental one was that one of my old relatives gave me a glass Native American doll. My family is actually Native American; can’t you tell? I have the Norwegian complexion, but we’re legally in a Native American tribe. We would go to these pow-wows and assemblies as a kid, and they gave me this glass doll and, despite the fact I was such a clumsy kid, it survived. I always had it on a nice shelf and didn’t touch it, and I still have it. As a kid, though, I had a Webkinz duck and carried it everywhere for, like, two years. Took it with to Disney World. It got really ratty. My uncle thought it was hilarious; he’ll bring up that I carried a duck around for two years. For the past, like, seven years we’ve given each other duck gifts for holidays. … People will come into his house and see duck salt and pepper shakers, a duck pillow. It’s been very fun.