A series of roundtable discussions with community leaders that seeks to answer the question “What’s next for us to eliminate institutional and systemic racism in society in the wake of George Floyd’s death?”
With the killing of George Floyd, the Twin Cities community, Minnesota, nation, and world witnessed protests and heard passionate demands for change with regard to racial justice. Many are wondering “what’s next?” Is lasting, responsive change possible? Was this time different? Will we truly progress toward making our communities racially just and equitable?
The “What’s Next?” Roundtables will address the critical and complex question: What’s next for us to eliminate institutional and systemic racism in society in the wake of George Floyd’s death? The College of Liberal Arts will host a series of focused discussions with community leaders in various domains, including the business and philanthropic community, the criminal justice system, K-12 education, alumni change agents, and the liberal arts during autumn 2020 and spring 2021.
Money Talks: Leveraging the power of business and philanthropy in pursuit of racial justice
The Twin Cities boasts a vibrant philanthropic community, with many organizations focused on addressing racial disparities and creating more equitable communities. Added to that are numerous thriving businesses including Fortune 500 companies. What role do these important sectors play in answering calls for racial justice? How will they respond to calls for change? How do and should they intersect to create a web of support for eliminating institutional and systemic racism in society?
October 8, 11 am Central Standard Time (CT)
Walking the Talk: Be inspired by CLA grads using their influence for social change
CLA is grounded in the principle that through the liberal arts we can examine, influence, and build a better society for everyone. Many of our graduates are doing just that, and especially in the arena of racial justice. A few of them will share their stories. All of us will be inspired.
October 22, 12 pm Central Standard Time (CT)
You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: Our classrooms are where our children get their social lenses
Let’s take a critical look at how curriculum and pedagogy within our public and private elementary and secondary classrooms can shift how our children view themselves and each other as equally important young citizens.
November 19, 7 pm Central Standard Time (CT)
Breaking Free: Creating transformative changes in policing for Minneapolis
How can we create transformative change in Minneapolis in the wake of the killing of George Floyd? This panel will bring together community advocates, activists, and political leaders to discuss their visions for the future of policing.
December 2020 - check back for more details.