Global Vision Week 2019

Grand View created Global Vision Week to offer students, faculty, staff and the community opportunities to encounter belief systems, heritages and perspectives that differ from our own. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of others, ourselves and our relationship to the world.

This year's theme will be Health and Justice in our Community. We will focus on increasing our global awareness of external conditions and how they affect our health status. Our intent is to inspire you to think about this theme from a broad range of majors and professional fields. The week’s schedule is filled with thought-provoking co-curricular sessions throughout the daytime and evening. Please attend events yourself and encourage others to attend as well! 

Tuesday, October 15
***Tuesday's classes will use the alternate schedule posted on MyView home page.***

Albert Ravenholt Visiting Scholar Address - The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution

Presented by Dr. Robert Bullard Time: 10:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Johnson Wellness Center, Sisam Arena

Professor Robert D. Bullard’s presentation focuses on environmental justice, climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation and community resilience strategies. He will also discuss his book, The Wrong Complexion for Protection, which analyzes more than eight decades of government response to natural and human-made disasters. Finally, he will offer strategies to dismantle institutional policies and practices that create, exacerbate and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability before and after disasters strike.

Robert D. Bullard
is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the former dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, 2011-2016. Dr. Bullard is currently distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy. Prior to joining TSU he was founding director of the environmental justice resource center at Clark Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He is an award-winning author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response and community resilience, smart growth and regional equity. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium. Dr. Bullard is a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.” His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field.

Food Insecurity: A Panel of Experts

Moderated by Steven Kellogg
Panelists: Aubrey Alvarez, Linda Gorkow and Dr. Kimberly Greder

Time: 12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

According to Feeding America, 340,000 Iowans are struggling with hunger and over a third are children. Listen as three experts talk about how going hungry is affecting our everyday lives and what they are doing to combat hunger.

Aubrey Alvarez
is co-founder and executive director of Eat Greater Des Moines. Eat Greater Des Moines started in April 2013 and unites the community in providing quality food access for all. By bringing people to the table, Eat Greater Des Moines empowers partners in our community to connect, support one another, and move ideas into action through information sharing, building relationships, and providing education on the most urgent issues related to food in our community. Alvarez has a B.A. in health promotion from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in public administration from Drake University. She is also a member of the leadership team for the Iowa Hunger Coalition, Regional Food System Working Group, OpportUNITY Food Insecurity Work Group and Hunger Free Dallas County Coalition. She is active in the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Coalition, Greater Des Moines Les Dames d’Escoffier International and Hunger Free Warren County. She is a 2015 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

Linda (Vyskocil) Gorkow
is executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association. The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaboration of the six Feeding America member food banks and partner agencies that serve each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Together, the food banks serve more than 1,000 non-profit organizations serving children, adults, veterans and seniors. These partner agencies/organizations include food pantries, emergency meal sites, congregational meal sites, emergency shelters and other sites that provide food to clients. As an association, IFBA is coordinating efforts through food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa to alleviate hunger and ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all. Gorkow has also served as the Iowa Hunger Coalition Director and is the former executive director of the HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha. Gorkow is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Leadership for Five Seasons participant, former Junior League of Cedar Rapids, Professional Women’s Network and has served on numerous community groups, boards and initiatives including the Linn County Food Insecurity Council. Gorkow resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband and is proud to be the mother of two adult children, Alexandra and Alyssa.

Kimberly Greder
is a professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. Her research and extension outreach efforts focus on promoting the health and well-being of rural low-income families, especially families who have immigrated from Latin America. She is the principal investigator in Iowa for a 17-state study focused on the mental and physical health of rural low-income families who have young children, including the effects of food insecurity on family health and well-being. She also leads the Iowa Latino Family Health Project which began in 2011 and continues to monitor the health and well-being of Latino immigrant families across five rural Iowa communities. Additionally, she leads multiple community-based extension outreach and research projects to promote resilience, health and well-being among Latino immigrant families. Two of these projects include Abriendo Caminos (Clearing the Path to Family Health) and Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education).

GVeco Sustainability Panel

Moderated by Dr. Paul Brooke
Panelist: Dr. Amethyst Merchant, Alex MacGregor, Atlee Moss and Colby Williams

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

Join Dr. Paul Brooke, writer and environmentalist, Dr. Amethyst and three students from Grand View’s Environmental Club (GVeco) for a panel discussion about sustainability within the university. They will present an assessment of Grand View’s sustainability and a discussion will follow.

Dr. Paul Brooke, professor of English at Grand View and GVeco advisor, is an environmentalist, photographer and writer, who believes in living a sustainable lifestyle. Recently he has been at work on Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal: Panthera onca at the Meeting of the Waters, which studies examines the lives of jaguars in depth. This project asks us to consider creating a corridor of habitat from Southern Brazil to the Southern United States. He has published four books which feature his poetry and photography. His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Des Moines and Ames, Iowa. Dr. Brooke’s photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia and Nicaragua as well as a two-week residency in Iceland. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and completed his bachelors and masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Amethyst Merchant is an associate professor of biology at Grand View. She earned her MS and Ph.D. in the study of plant ecology and physiology. As an ecophysiologist, she is interested in how the biotic (competition, predation, and human impact) and abiotic (light, water, and nutrient availability) factors impact the health and reproduction of species. Dr. Merchant teaches Plant Biology, Plant Physiology and Field Ecology courses for students majoring in the sciences as well as Environmental Science and How Life Works for the Core curriculum.


Alex Macgregor is a junior at Grand View, majoring in business administration. He serves as president of GVeco and plays on the men’s soccer team.






Atlee Moss is a freshman game design and interactive analytics major at Grand View. Moss is secretary of GVeco.






Colby Williams, senior nursing major at Grand View, is treasurer for GVeco.







An Evening of Hygge

Hosted by Grand View Library Staff
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Library

Hygge (pronounce hoo-gah) is the Danish philosophy that describes the feeling of coziness and well-being that can be found when enjoying the simple pleasures in life and focusing on mindfulness. The evening’s activities will include a relaxing environment (feel free to bring your own blanket and wool socks), hot cocoa and tea and simple crafts.
Wednesday, October 16

Go Solo: Living with Adventure

Presented by Kenlyn Gordon
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B 

Do you spend time scrolling through Instagram envious of others’ travels, adventures and experiences in new places? We often feel there are too many barriers for us to travel or have the experiences we want. This workshop will help empower you to turn desires into action. We will discuss the power and health benefits of solo travel, eliminating barriers to living out the experiences we desire and building confidence in taking action on living an authentic and adventurous life.

Kenlyn Gordon is a licensed mental health counselor. She is the assistant director of leadership and counseling at Grand View University and also a therapist at a private practice in Ankeny. She has additional training in mindfulness and meditative practices, trauma-informed care and nature-based therapeutic practices. She says: “I personally enjoy engaging in many passions including hiking, camping, kayaking, reading, journaling, tending to my plants, meditation and spending time with my pup, Olive! Olive and I enjoy going on solo camping adventures around the United States and seeing the beauty that exists. I also deeply care about my family and friends and enjoy all moments spent with them.”

Lunch and Learn- Languages: Key to Opening New Doors

Hosted by GV Modern Languages Advisory Committee
Panelists: Paulo Duarte, Kelvin Gilkey and Linda Sabic

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Valhalla

Bring your lunch and interact with Des Moines-area professionals who will circulate at the attendees’ tables to facilitate conversations focusing on athletics, health care, business and language. There will also be delicious food and snacks from various cultures AND a drawing for a $30 Amazon gift card for a student attendee at the end of the lunch and learn time.

Paulo Duarte was born and raised in south Brazil. He has lived in Iowa for the last eight years and previously spent five years in Mexico. Duarte currently leads the Supply Chain Modeling and Design group for Corteva Agriscience, where he has worked for 28 years. Corteva is the result of a major merger between Dow and DuPont and is now a subsequent spin-off and one of three focused companies in that merger. Duarte’s career comprises different leadership roles in Finance, Plant Operations, Business Improvement and Supply Chain organizations. In his current role, he is focused on the strategy of seed production and supply chain where he leads a team responsible for asset foot print (production capacity needed), inventory management and integrated business plan. Duarte is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, where different cultures, experiences and preferences coexist and contribute to a better world. He has experienced, first hand, the value of diversity and inclusion by taking on regional and global responsibilities as well as leading and interacting with multicultural groups. Duarte is also the vice president of the Brazilian Cultural Center.

Kelvin Gilkey is a native of Dallas, Texas, moving to Iowa in 2013. He graduated from Grand View University, with a degree in kinesiology and was part of the undefeated 2013 National Championship football team. Gilkey spent two years playing for the Iowa Barnstormers as defensive back. As part of his community outreach, he used his free time to volunteer with the YMCA, refereeing youth flag football games. Not long after, he gained full-time employment with the John R. Grubb YMCA as a program director. Most importantly, he found a calling in helping to combat the social disparities in the surrounding area, and empower families through health. Gilkey has made it his purpose to be a familiar face in his community using his resources to coordinate community events and coach championship-caliber youth basketball teams out of the King Irving and Fort Bend neighborhoods. Gilkey also facilitates Out of the Rights of Passage program, helping to guide and build up young males in the areas of values, identity, education and family relationships. This past summer he traveled to Denmark and Sweden to work alongside like-minded leaders and organizers to aid marginalized groups.

Linda Sabic is a realtor at Keller Williams and office manager and co-owner at SKS HOMES LLC. Sabic came to Des Moines, and the United States, for the very first time in 1999 as an exchange student and nanny from Marseille, France. She met her husband and decided to move here permanently in 2001. Sabic attended DMACC for ESL classes to better her English and knowledge of American culture. She also took business classes. Sabic worked at YRC Freight for five years as a bilingual coordinator. Sabic also worked at John Deere as a technician helping customers and dealerships, located in Europe and other parts of the world, with their agricultural needs using her English and French languages. She credits her accomplishments at DLL (Agri-Credit/Agco) in her bilingual account services position to her language skills. Currently she works at her family’s building company handling the administration and sales responsibilities. Sabic is married and has two boys, ages 15 and 12, who play soccer and keep very busy traveling the Midwest to participate in tournaments.

Mental Wellness and Student-Athletes

Presented by Dr. Marty Martinez
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B

Dr. Marty Martinez will focus on the impact of thought, voice and heart on high performance, discussing the elusive phenomenon of genuine confidence and the keys toward its lived and purposeful development.
  
Dr. Marty Martinez is a staff psychologist and sport psychology coordinator at Iowa State University. He has a master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his bachelor of science in psychology degree from UCLA. His clinical areas of interest include sport/performance psychology and spirituality in counseling. He is a certified consultant as a sport psychologist with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). After growing up in Los Angeles and graduating from UCLA and the University of Nebraska, Dr. Martinez taught clinical psychology in Los Angeles and then has served as a counseling and sport psychologist at Iowa State University for 32 years. He has worked with individuals, couples, families, businesses and teams and with populations varying from high school and college students, prisoners, psych ward in-patients to first-responders and athletes. His work with athletes has spanned multiple sports and includes youth, high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes. Dr. Martinez has also served on the State of Iowa Boards of Correction and of Latino Affairs. He is the son of a preacher, has been married 45 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

Advocating for Social Justice through Jazz, Blues & Soul Music

Moderated by Dr. A'ndrea Wilson
Participants: Dartanyan Brown and Dr. Damani Phillips 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

Many current Hip Hop artists are known for writing lyrics that address social justice problems, yet the use of black music as a vehicle for advocating race-related issues extends to jazz, blues, soul and even gospel music. This panel will discuss how music has played a major role in the awareness, communication and fight for racial equality in the United States, both historically and in contemporary times.

Dartanyan Brown is a five-time inductee to Iowa’s Rock ‘n Roll (3) Jazz (1) and Blues (1) Halls of Fame.






Dr. Damani Phillips currently serves as associate professor of jazz studies and African-American studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, directs jazz combos and teaches courses in African-American music, African-American Culture, jazz education and improvisation.




Dr. A’ndrea Wilson is assistant professor and the Braida endowed chair of creative writing at Grand View. She is an award-winning playwright, author and screenwriter. Her plays have been featured at several theatre festivals nationally, and two of her works will be produced in Des Moines in 2020, including Wild Widow Poker in February here at Grand View. She holds a bachelor of science in psychology, a master of science in counseling psychology; marriage and family therapy, a master of fine arts in dramatic writing, and a doctorate of philosophy in global leadership; educational leadership.

Social Science Professions Networking Event

Organized by Steven Kellogg, Susie Stearns, LB Lyons '08 and Cathy Beck-Cross
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, CJ's Lounge

Students from Social Work, Human Services and Psychology are invited to meet employers in their field, listen to career stories and network with leading area employers. A variety of hot and cold appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
Thursday, October 17

Institutional Racism: Creating Solutions to Systemic Barriers in Iowa

Moderated by Dr. A'ndrea Wilson
Participants: Manisha Paudel, Dr. Kevin Gannon and Alyssa Parker

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

Participants will discuss examples of institutional racism in Iowa and Des Moines and how they are actively working to create a more equitable society.

Dr. Kevin Gannon is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and professor of history at Grand View. He teaches, studies and writes on race and racism in both U.S. history and higher education; critical pedagogy and design; assessment; and creating inclusive learning spaces in both in-person and digital environments. He is a regular contributor to Vitae, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and has also appeared in Vox and The Washington Post. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, forthcoming from West Virginia University Press’s Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series. In 2016, Dr. Gannon appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary, 13th.

Alyssa M. Parker is a senior at Grand View, majoring in criminal justice. She is also the co-president of Grand View’s Black Student Union.






Manisha Paudel joined the City of Des Moines in late 2017 as their first equity coordinator after working in similar role in local government since 2012. She has a graduate degree from DePaul University, and has gained work experience in Africa and Asia.





World Food Prize Address: The public Health Crisis of Mineral and Vitamin Deficiencies in Developing Countries - Agriculture's Primary Role to Provide Nutritious Diets for National Health

Presented by Dr. Howarth Bouis
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

Learn how biofortification contributes to solving the underlying problem of mineral and vitamin deficiencies around the world, especially for the two billion people at risk in developing countries. Dr. Howarth Bouis will discuss how breeding staple food crops to increase their micronutrient content, targeting staple foods widely consumed by low-income families globally, can help improve the nutritious content of the diets of those families.

As director of HarvestPlus (2003-2016), Dr. Howarth Bouis coordinated an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to develop, test and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce mineral and vitamin deficiencies among malnourished populations in developing countries. Since 1993, he has sought to promote biofortification globally. In 2016, Bouis was awarded the World Food Prize, in recognition of the accomplishments of the HarvestPlus team. Dr. Bouis received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute, a program in agricultural economics. His past research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (he joined IFPRI in 1982 as post-doctoral fellow) focused on how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes. During 2018 and until June 30, 2019, Dr. Bouis served as the interim CEO of HarvestPlus. He now resides in the Philippines, working for HarvestPlus as founding director, and is an Institute Fellow of IFPRI. In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Micronutrient Forum. In 2017, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by the University of Greenwich. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Bouis worked for three years (1972-75) as a volunteer in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia. 

Alienation and Minority Health: The Black Experience of the American Dream

Presented by Dr. Ahmadu A. Baba-Singhri (GV Faculty)
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Conference Rooms A & B

This presentation will explore the relationship between minority health issues in the socio-economic system in the United States, showing that workplace prejudice and discrimination against black employees that are not effectively addressed by administrations, resulting from racial prejudice and discrimination, create a sense of alienation that are likely to result in health issues.

Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri is professor of sociology at Grand View. A native of Nigeria, Baba-Singhri has done extensive research on the African perspective and is involved in many civil-human rights development committees and boards.

Food Security by Design: Improving Efficiency of Water Use in Corn Production

Presented by Dr. Carlos Messina
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum

Dr. Carlos Messina will discuss how plant science underpins technological developments that are instrumental for the improvement of life for the world’s poor and society in general. Current rates of genetic gain and agricultural intensification are not enough to produce food, fiber and fuel to satisfy the projected demands. Recent advancements in information technologies, phenomics, and statistical learning algorithms make large datasets available for analysis and motivate prediction and classification studies in agriculture.

Carlos Messina has a doctorate in agriculture and biological engineering from the University of Florida, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Buenos Aires. His major research interests include the fusion of biological models and statistical learning methodologies to increase the limits of predictability in dynamic agricultural systems – e.g. crop growth model and whole genome prediction methodology; physiology and genetics in maize; and development and application of mathematical models for prediction and analyses of agricultural systems response to environmental change.
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2019 Global Vision Week Planning Committee

  • Rob Barron, Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations
  • Kenlyn Gordon, Assistant Director of Leadership and Counseling
  • Steven Kellogg, Enrollment Counselor
  • Dr. John Lyden, Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of the Core Curriculum
  • Linda Mac Kinnon, Administrative Assistant
  • Sheri Muller, Access Services Librarian and Archivist
  • Heidi Pries, Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs
  • Dr. A’ndrea Wilson, Assistant Professor/Braida Endowed Chair of Creative Writing

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Dr. Heather Brady
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, Core II Director & Global Vision Week Coordinator