University of Minnesota Duluth

 Office of the Chancellor Inauguration

Chancellor Inauguration Event

Equity and Diversity Panels

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

UMD Library Rotunda


11:30 am to 1 pm

Title: From detachment to empowerment: How HIV+ people join together and mobilize health and social change
Dr. Rebecca de Souza

Dr. Rebecca de Souza is an assistant professor in the UMD Department of Communication. She completed an M.A. in Media, Technology, and Society and a Ph.D. in Health Communication from Purdue University (2007). Her research is located at the intersection of the community empowerment paradigm of health promotion and the culture-centered approach to communication. The goal of her research is to document and theorize the emancipatory potential of communication and “voice” in global and local contexts of constraint. She uses primarily qualitative methods and critical and interpretive lenses to study communicative phenomena in health contexts. Some of the health issues addressed in her research include HIV /AIDS in India, worksite obesity interventions, prescription-stimulant abuse, and food security in Duluth. She teaches courses in health communication, health campaigns, community empowerment for health, and media effects.

Title: Paul L. Ranelli

Dr. Paul L. Ranelli is a professor of Social Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth. Ranelli joined the University of Minnesota in 2003. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit (M.Sc.) and the University of Wisconsin at Madison (Ph.D.). While in Wisconsin, he was pharmacy director at the Menominee Tribal Clinic and a pharmacist with the Cuban-Haitian Resettlement Task Force in 1980. Before arriving in Minnesota, Paul taught and served as dean at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Prior to the University of Wyoming, Paul was on faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He was named a Fellow in the Multicultural Teaching and Learning Program of the University of Minnesota for 2006-2007 and a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association in 2002. Factors influencing medication use behavior are the focus of his research.


Title: Addressing Health Disparities: Participatory Research with Tribal Communities
Melissa Walls

Melissa L. Walls (PhD; Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nation Ojibwe) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research interests include American Indian/First Nations behavioral health, community-based participatory research, and the sociology of mental health. Melissa is currently working on several funded projects, including a longitudinal epidemiological study of Indigenous mental health, a First Nations mental health promotion program, an NIMH-funded investigation of diabetes and mental health comorbidity, and a qualitative study of Indigenous extended family influence.


3 to 4:30 pm

Title: The Pedagogy of Change
Paula Pedersen

Dr. Paula Pedersen has been teaching in the Department of Psychology at UMD for the past 20 years. Her focus is the scholarship of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on student learning outcomes related to intercultural effectiveness. The developmental model of intercultural effectiveness (DMIS, Milton Bennett) looks at “orientations toward cultural difference” as a progressive and developmental process. Using constructivist theory, the model is based on the premise that “as one’s experience of cultural difference becomes more complex and sophisticated, one’s potential competence in intercultural relations increases.” From a constructivist perspective, mere exposure to difference is not enough, rather it is how one perceives and conceptualizes those events that determine developmental cultural competence. The pedagogy (or approaches to teaching and learning) toward this development for students has been the focus of her work. Pedagogy and research from study abroad, internationalizing the curriculum, liberal education "star" courses, and even the Introduction to college Learning curriculum has been explored through this lens.


Title: “I don’t understand that word:” Race, Citizenship, and Anishinaabe Identity
Jill Doerfler

Dr. Jill Doerfler (White Earth Anishinaabe) earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota and began a tenure track position in the UMD Department of American Indian Studies in 2008. This presentation will examine Anishinaabe understandings of identity in the 1910s, which defy racialization and, instead, offer a more complex and nuanced view of identity. She will then discuss how race (blood quantum) came to be sole requirement for tribal citizenship in the 1960s. She will conclude by delineating contemporary applications of this research as well as the variety of ways in which she has shared the research with both the academy and the wider community. Dr. Doerfler is especially interested in the diverse ways in which Anishinaabeg have resisted pseudo-scientific measures of blood (race/blood quantum) as a means to define identity and asserted identity formations related to familial relationships and a wide range of cultural practices and beliefs. She examines how Anishinaabeg conceptions of identity might be employed to create tribal citizenship requirements that are reflective of Anishinaabe values. She was a member of the Constitutional Proposal Team of the White Earth Nation (2009) and continues to work on the constitutional reform effort.


Title: “Cities and Difference: how do we make the benefits of urban growth available to all urban residents?”
Dr. Adam Pine

Dr. Adam Pine is an urban geographer primarily interested in the relationship between population change and urban development. Given that we are living in the “age of migration” how is this changing the political, economic and cultural life of U.S. cities? He is also deeply interested in questions of social justice and governance, and trying to figure out how urban governments can effectively manage “cities of difference.” He has a wide variety of different research projects going on examining (1) Migration and Citizenship; (2) The politics Food Scarcity and Food Deserts; (3) Geographies of Dance.

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