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It's More Than That Podcast

Five stylistically drawn people of varying ages and abilities

It's More Than That: Campus Climate Podcast

“It’s More Than That” is a podcast focused on the University of Minnesota Duluth’s campus community members. Through conversations with students, faculty, and staff, we go beyond titles and first impressions to reveal the complexity of their experiences around diversity and inclusion. 0

Recorded in the KUMD studios on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Listen at iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About the host

Hosting “It’s More Than That” is a bit of a return to Dr. Paula Pedersen’s first love. She worked at her hometown Iowa radio station during high school as “PJ the DJ,” spinning rock and roll records and was the news director at Luther College’s campus/community radio station.

While at Luther, Dr. Pedersen earned her psychology ad communication degrees before enrolling in UMD’s graduate program.

As a graduate student, Dr. Pedersen was drawn to teach– taking every opportunity to fill in for absent faculty. A temporary teaching position in the Psychology department led to a thirty-year career at UMD. In 2010, Dr. Pedersen received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Pedersen is deeply committed to addressing issues of equity and justice. Today, as UMD’s director of education for inclusive excellence, she’s empowered more than 300 faculty and staff members through the Intercultural Leadership Development program.

Dr. Pedersen has served as a member of the Chancellor’s Campus Climate Change Team, UMD’s Diversity Commission, GLBT Advisory Commission, and the Social Justice Action Coalition.

A woman signing in ASL.

Joanne Coffin-Langdon

May 19, 2020

Bridging between adverse populations– deaf and hearing, Christian and non, straight and queer– is Joanne Coffin-Langdon’s life’s work.
Shawyn Lee

Shawyn Lee

April 15, 2020

A personal journey through adoption guides Shawyn Lee's scholarship and teaching.
Neal Bhakta

Neal Bhakta

April 7, 2020

UMD Student Association President Neal Bhakta grew up in a lot of different places across the country.
Helen Mongan-Rallis

Helen Mongan-Rallis

March 26, 2020

Helen Mongan-Rallis, an associate professor in the Department of Education, was born in a country deeply steeped in racial turmoil. “I left...
Wendy Reed

Wendy Reed

March 9, 2020

Wendy Reed, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, is effecting change by challenging, "This is the way we've always done...
Lisa Erwin

Lisa Erwin

December 10, 2019

Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Lisa Erwin, is UMD’s Title IX coordinator– a critical role for our campus. 
Arshia Khan

Arshia Khan

December 3, 2019

A robot named Pepper is changing how dementia patients are treated, and its creator is changing the traditional image of computer...
Jeanine Weekes-Schroer

Jeanine Weekes Schroer

November 26, 2019

What’s the cost of following the rules within the context of institutional racism? 
Mike Kenyanya

Mike Kenyanya

November 18, 2019

Mike Kenyanya leapt from his inspirational UMD commencement speech into his role as a University of Minnesota Regent.
Fernando Delgado

Fernando Delgado

November 13, 2019

Having personally navigated overt bias and death threats, Fernado Delgado talks about the need for “more conversations” and “respectfully...


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