Karen Seashore, Regents Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has received a 2018 Excellence in Research to Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group on Research Utilization.
Joan DeJaeghere, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave an invited presentation on “Reframing Life Skills for Girls” at a workshop sponsored by the Innovations for Youth at UC Berkeley and Echidna Giving on May 3-4th. Her presentation was based on research conducted on life skills programs in East Africa and India.
Bill Doherty, professor in the Department of Family Social Science, delivered the address at the College of Education and Human Development’s Graduate Commencement Ceremonies Thursday, May 10.
An educator, researcher, couple and family therapist, author, consultant, and community organizer, Doherty joined the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Social Science in 1986, and has been a leader in preparing professionals for effective democratic engagement and conducting community-based research projects that advance knowledge and solve local problems.
Developing his Families and Democracy Framework, Bill has been testing his theories over the past year in workshops with the non-profit, Better Angels, that build bridges between “red and blue” citizens in communities across America. Citizens on both sides of the divide enter Bill’s workshops polarized and defensive, and leave connected, transformed – healed.
In his remarks, he discussed this recent work and challenged graduates to join him in this work.
GRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the political world has changed since you entered graduate school. We are now in the throes of a political polarization that some historians believe is the worst we’ve seen the 1850s. And it didn’t start in November 2016. The last presidential election brought to a head a process that has been coming upon us for at least 50 years. I’ll give just one data point as an illustration: In 1960 5% of Americans said they would be uncomfortable with their son or daughter marrying someone of the other political party. Now that figure has reached 35-40%. Today Americans increasingly view their political opponents not only as misguided, but also as bad people whose ways of thinking are both dangerous and incomprehensible. This current degree of civic rancor between red America and blue America threatens our families, as people pull away from family members who vote another way, and our democracy itself, which is based on our ability to work together across differences for the common good. The United States is disuniting.
How’s that for an upbeat start to a commencement address?
So why do I come today filled with the hope that we can get past this polarization and with the conviction that individuals with the training you’ve had in this College can make a difference? For starters, education and human development are fundamentally about relationships. As much as anything else, your graduate degree is in how to form and nurture productive relationships, without which our specialized academic knowledge is barren. Relationships are the natural antidote to polarization because polarization (and I would add other social ills like racism) is sustained when we don’t know one other, when we don’t have civic friendships, when we stay in our silos, watch our favorite media, and talk about the other group and not with them.
Of course there is a long way from this generalization about relationships to actually moving the needle towards depolarization, especially when our news feeds constantly inflame us and our Facebook contacts spout what we see as dangerous nonsense. How do we design settings or containers where people with different political views can come together in a productive way?
I’ve been involved in such a project, called Better Angels (after Lincoln’s phrase “the better angels of our nature”). Better Angels is a grassroots citizen’s initiative bringing red and blue Americans together in a working alliance to depolarize America. It took off after the last election when we decided to bring together 10 Clinton voters and 10 Trump voters for a weekend in southwest Ohio. My job was to design and facilitate the gathering, and to say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I quickly realized that the goals had to focus on understanding each other beyond stereotypes and looking for common ground, and that the process had to be highly structured and feature listening and learning rather than declaring and debating. Well, the workshop was successful beyond our expectations and it launched a small movement. Since that first workshop, Better Angels has gone national, with three hour and six hour workshops happening in 24 states, some of them leading to the formation of Better Angels Alliances, groups of Republicans and Democrats working together to promote depolarization in their communities and to advocate for policies where they have common ground—like gerrymandering and money in politics. We have one of those red/blue alliances in Minnesota.
I’ll tell you just one story from the Ohio workshop. Greg Smith came as pro-Trump, white Christian conservative determined to convince others to support Trump, and Kouhyar Mostashfi came as a Muslim Iranian immigrant Democrat with fears that the country could turn violent because of forces now unleashed. Well, Greg and Kouhyar ended up sitting next to each other during the workshop. By the end they had agreed to visit each other’s houses of worship. They are now co-chairs of the Southwest Ohio Better Angels Alliance and will be featured in a forthcoming PBS documentary about that workshop. They are still a conservative and a liberal but with a common cause to rebuild the civic fabric of their community.
On this occasion as we celebrate the attainment of a graduate degree in the College of Education and Human Development, I want to challenge the graduates to create containers or processes in your classrooms, counseling offices, and community centers for a kind of diversity that we’ve not emphasized very much until recently—namely, political diversity. How can we create environments that allow conservatives and liberals, reds and blues, to engage each other productively, with both sides feeling respected? Among other things, it will mean understanding that many of our favorite terms have become “colorized” in today’s environment. Some of us frame goals in terms of diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice—all good things, but thoroughly blue in language and therefore alienating to reds who fear that the starting premise will be that they are racists—and then let’s work together from there. The shoe would be on the other foot if blues were invited to a conversation based on the language of love of country, the American experiment, and self-responsibility. I’ve learned that productive conversation in a polarized environment cannot start with my insistence that the other side accept my preferred terms for what we are here to do.
Now this depolarization work is not just in classrooms and workshops; it’s in our hearts and minds as well. My question for all of us here today is this: How do we personally regard our fellow Americans who differ from us strongly in politics and public policy? Maybe you’ve heard the adage: Choose your enemies carefully, for you will become like them. Stated differently, if you demonize another group, you distort yourself and begin to look like a mirror image of them. When we train moderators for Better Angels workshops, we ask them to self-assess their own emotional attitude towards the people on the other side of the political spectrum. I invite you to think about where you are on a spectrum of attitudes I’ll describe. Keep in mind that this not how you may feel about an individual political leader but about the bulk of people on the other side—the over 40 million people who voted the other way in the last election.
The first attitude is hatred toward a group who are out to destroy the country. I hope that’s not where most of us are with regards our fellow citizens. The second attitude is more common: disdain for people who are ignorant and misguided—and who should know better. The third attitude is pity for others who have good intentions but are ignorant and led astray by bad leaders—and who need to be enlightened. The fourth attitude is basic respect: others who disagree with me have rational views but ultimately theirs is not the right approach to solving our nation’s problems. The fifth attitude is respect and appreciation: the other side has views that need to be included in the ultimate solutions. I’m convinced that we only shift in the direction of respect by first seeking to understand others as they understand themselves, and then telling them what we think.
As a family therapist, I’m trained to understand people who are locked in conflict, but the challenge in the public arena is that I’m part of the conflict. I do have a dog in this fight and I’m scared for the future of our democracy. But I believe in my heart that most Americans really don’t really want a civic divorce and, when offered the right container for conversation and relationship building, will choose to access the better angels of their nature.
There is lots of work ahead. As I said, today’s polarization didn’t start with the current President. It came from many sources that gradually tore the social fabric, with groups feeling left out and left behind, with our growing distrust of one another and of our social institutions, including colleges and universities.
Our democracy itself is at stake here. Elections of course are won or lost, but they are only a small part of democracies. Democracy is mostly about how we come together and make decisions about our common lives. It’s about collective agency, about acting as “We the People,” in all our differences. It’s the only way we can have healthy communities and effective governance. As people sometimes say in Better Angels workshops, “We can’t wait for our elected leaders to start bringing us together. We have to begin ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln presided over a country that was far more divided than the one we live in today. Yet he saw the promise of America in that dark time. We’d do well to heed these ending words of his first Inaugural address:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
The Family Social Science community wants to recognize the over 40 graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Family Social Science who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year and 2018 summer session.
We celebrate their academic achievements and look forward to what they will accomplish in the future!
Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year
Family Social Science Fellowships and Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year were awarded to 36 graduate students in the Department, including:
S. Okrey Anderson – Lucile Garley Blank Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss
Katie Arnold – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Kadie Ausherbauer – M. Janice Hogan Fellowship
Molly Bailey – Frances Dunning Fellowship
Emily Barstad – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Natasha Bell – Jean W. Bauer Family Economics and Policy Fellowship
Gretchen Buchanan– Ludden Trust
Sarah Burcher – Ardell H. Wantoch Fellowship
Kayla Burningham – Letitia Walsh Memorial Fellowship
Jory Catalpa – Lucile Garley Blank Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss
Muzi Chen – Mary Ellen McFarland Assistantship
Daniel Cooper – M. Janice Hogan Fellowship
Catherine Dickinson – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Lekie Dwanyen – M. Janice Hogan Fellowship
Lisa Erbes – Family Education Teacher Preparation Fellowship
Nusroon Fatiha – BAS – Knorr Endowed Fund for Fellowships in Family Education
Fathia Feerayarre – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Renada Goldberg – Shirley L. & Peter D. Zimmerman Fund for Family Policy
Eugene Hall – Marjorie Brown Family Social Science Fellowship
Hailey Holmgren – Letitia Walsh Memorial Fellowship
Seonghee Hong – Ragnhild E. Edwardson Fellowship
Alyssa Humpal – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Emily Jensen – David & Karen Olson Fellowship
Angela Keyzers – Marie Christenson Fellowship
Stacey Koehler – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Rebecca Koering – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Danielle Kreemer – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Sunkyung Lee – Ott International Student Fellowship and Roxanna Ford Fund
Yiting Li – Hauge Fellowship
Jennifer Luing – Foundation for Family Education Award
Joseph Maxwell – BAS – Knorr Endowed Fund for Fellowships in Family Education
Kali Moore – Ford Foundation for Family Education Award
Quin Morrow – Florence Munson Wilson Fellowship
Alize Rattenni – HC & C Christofferson Fellowship
Kelly Tronstad – Jean Illsley Clark Fellowship for Parent Education
Jingchen Zhang – Roxanna Ford Fund and Ott International Student Fellowship
FSoS Summer 2018 UM UM Fellowship/Scholarship
For summer 2018, 21 graduate students will receive scholarships and fellowships from six funds.
Students who were awarded Waller Summer Fellowships are: S. Okrey Anderson, Pooja Brar, Gretchen Buchanan, Kayla Burningham, Muzi Chen, Amy Gunty, Hailey Holmgren, Aimee Hubbard, Emily Jensen, Vaida Kazlauskaite, Lijun Li, Demitri McGee, and Quin Morrow.
Four graduate students were awarded William & Georgina Olson Fellowships: Kadie Ausherbauer, Daniel Cooper, Angela Keyzers, and Jingchen Zhang.
In addition, Jacqueline Braughton received a scholarship from the Emma Whiteford Family Social Science Fund (MEd), Jory Catalpa was awarded a Robert E. Keane Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss, Lekie Dwanyen received a Priscilla Rugg Family Social Science Fellowship, and Sunkyung Lee was awarded an Amy Jean Holmblade Knorr Family Social Science Fellowship.
College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and/or Family Social Science Funded scholarships were awarded to six undergraduate students.
Christine Stephanie and Chee Moua will receive the College of Education and Human Development’s Fibiger Award, Domonique Kent will receive a scholarship from CEHD’s Gamma Omicron Beta Endowment Fund, and Natalie Wimmer will receive a scholarship from the CEHD Alumni Society Family Social Science Future Scholar Fund. Eric Oropeza will receive a Beverly A. Busta Memorial Scholarship, Emily Keis will receive an Elizabeth D Cormack Endowed Scholarship, and Lydia Eichelberg will receive an award from the Mildred and Russell Gute Scholarship Fund.
Gary Peter, lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been invited to be an Artist in Residence in June at Write On, Door County, a retreat for writers providing time and space for focused work on creative projects. He will also lead a workshop, “Writing from Life,” while in residence.
Sehoon Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) will receive the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management (AOM) for his paper entitled Assimilation and Resistance: The Token Status of Women Leaders in South Korea. He will received his award at a recognition ceremony during the 2018 AOM Annual Meeting held August 10-14 in Chicago, Illinois.
Gary Peter has been promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), effective August 2018. His short fiction collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition and will be published in Fall 2018.
Jean King, professor, and John LaVelle, assistant professor, in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) with Amy Gullickson and Janet Clinton (University of Melbourne), recently hosted the inaugural conference on the education and preparation of program evaluators. This working conference brought together evaluation scholars from across the United States and the world to critically analyze the current state of evaluator education and create joint research studies to address current and future challenges and opportunities.
Frances Vavrus, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was invited to the Autonomous University of Madrid to give a lecture on her forthcoming book, Schooled in Uncertainty. She spoke on March 14th to students and faculty members in the University’s Faculty of Teacher Training and Education.
Roozbeh Shirazi, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and Sara Musaifer (OLPD doctoral candidate) , Emily Morris (OLPD doctoral candidate), Maria Schwedhelm, and Richa Nagar will co-lead a pre-conference workshop on March 25 during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society in Mexico City. The workshop is sponsored by the CIES Gender and Education Committee and challenges and deconstructs North/South colonial knowledge hierarchies and binaries through multi-sited dialogue and active, critical reflection on pedagogy and methodology.
Michael Stebleton and Rashne Jehangir, associate professors in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), were recently awarded 2018-19 GPS International Travel Grants. They aim to create a joint educational experience between the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The working title of the project is “Examining Work and Career Issues in a Global Context.” The proposed collaboration will include Business and Marketing Education (BME) majors in OLPD and business program students at San Andres. The project will also explore how practitioners can best support first-generation students in higher education contexts in Argentina. Stebleton and Jehangir plan to make the initial trip to Buenos Aires this August.
Taylor Williamson, a junior double majoring in Human Resource Development and Business and Marketing Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), scored a goal in the 3-1 win against Wisconsin to claim the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff championship. A triumphant comeback after she underwent brain surgery and was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis (MG), in the last year.
Her story is highlighted in the following news articles:
After Autoimmune Disease, Taylor Williamson Battles Back into NCAA Tournament
Minnesota Miracle, Part II: Gophers Forward Taylor Williamson Returns to Ice Following Brain Surgery
Taylor Williamson ‘Overcame the Impossible’ to Get Back to the Gophers
For the Gophers’ Williamson, It’s Not Over Yet
Gophers Women’s Hockey Forward Taylor Williamson Battled Health Issues to Play Again
Video from Channel 5 News – KSTP.com
Sung Tae Jang has been selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group: Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (REAPA) for his dissertation, Student Experiences and Educational Outcomes of Southeast Asian Female Secondary School Students in the United States: A Critical Quantitative Intersectionality Analysis.
This award recognizes a scholar whose dissertation has had a significant impact on our understanding of Asian American and/or Pacific Islanders in education and will be presented in April at the annual business meeting in New York City.
Sung Tae is a doctoral student in the educational policy and leadership track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD).
Sehoon Kim, assistant professor (pictured), and Sangok Yoo, a 3rd year doctoral student studying human resource development, both received Cutting Edge awards from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) for their outstanding papers at the 2018 annual conference held February 14-17 in Richmond, VA.
Workaholics, Addiction, and Motivation: A Critical Review and Implications for HRD by Sehoon Kim
Knowledge Creation Practices of Teachers in South Korea and the United States: A Multigroup Structural Equation Modeling Analysis by Sangok Yoo (University of Minnesota), Shinhee Jeong (Texas A&M University), Ji Hoon Song (Hanyang University), and Sanghoon Bae (Sungkyunkwon University)
David Chapman, professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been awarded Honorary Fellow status for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). This award honors senior members of the society who, through a period of life-long service and contribution to the field of comparative and international education as evidenced by scholarship, teaching, research and technical service, have advanced the field qualitatively and significantly. He will be honored at the 2019 CIES Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), recently returned from an international research conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) which was held in Ahmedabad, India. Sanghamitra was one of the conference coordinators and presented three papers co-written with OLPD colleagues, Alexandre Ardichvilli, professor, and Sehoon Kim, assistant professor. OLPD was well represented with faculty members, Kenneth Bartlett and Louis Quast, presenting their papers along with many doctoral students. Sanghamitra was invited to write a report on AHRD digest about the conference.
Two faculty members from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) have received awards from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The awards will be presented during the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas taking place February 14-17, 2018 in Richmond, VA.
Alexandre Ardichvili, professor, received the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award presented for an outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession. Several chapters in the book were co-authored by OLPD doctoral students, Loi Nguyen and Victoria Jonathan, Ph.D. candidates specializing in human resource development, and Emmanuel Osafo, a recent graduate who was doctoral student at the time of publication.
Ardichvili, A., & Dirani, K. (Eds.). (2017). Leadership development in emerging market economies. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Joshua Collins, assistant professor, received the Early Career Scholar Award, as an outstanding HRD scholar in the early stages of his career who has made identifiable and significant contributions in scholarly research to the field of HRD, and the 2017 Award for Outstanding Issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources.
Joan DeJaeghere, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was invited to present her new book, Educating Entrepreneurial Citizens, at the University of Dar es Salaam’s Institute of Development Studies in Tanzania, and she presented at a book panel at the African Studies Association in Chicago in November. The book is a critical examination of how entrepreneurship and livelihood programs are implemented for youth, and considers how neoliberal influences on education are being reshaped in local contexts.
Joan DeJaeghere, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) and co-principal investigator of the Research on Improving Education Systems in Vietnam (RISE), gave a one week seminar in October, 2017 on conducting qualitative research in schools and classrooms to researchers from the Vietnam Institute of Education Sciences (VNIES), a partner in the RISE project. In December, she gave another one week seminar to researchers from VNIES on analyzing qualitative data – interviews and classroom observations. While the main purpose of the seminars was to support the research of RISE, it also offers a group of Vietnamese researchers continuing professional development in the area of qualitative research.
Fran Vavrus, professor, and Peter Demerath, associate professor, in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), were both plenary speakers at the Comparative and International Education Fall Symposium held on October 26-27 at George Mason University. Their panels addressed the theme of the symposium, Interrogating and Innovating CIE Research, by focusing on the legacies of colonialism in educational research and on methodologies that offer alternative approaches to knowledge production. OLPD alumna Laura Willemsen and Ph.D. student Richard Bamattre also presented a paper at the conference on their innovative approaches to teaching comparative education at UM.