Global Vision Week 2018

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 Equality ≠ Equity: Creating a More Equitable World. We will focus on increasing our global awareness of equity at the level of gender, race and economics. 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! 

Monday, October 15

Albert Ravenholt Visiting Scholar Address - World on Edge: Lessons From the Front Lines of War Zones
Speaker: Samantha Nutt, M.D., Founder and President, War Child
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Johnson Wellness Center, Sisam Arena

Dr. Samantha Nutt will share her personal stories from the front lines and discuss the impact of war throughout the world—what drives it, how to prevent it, and how students can get involved in global efforts. Her talk will also touch on how global inequalities amplify the threat of war and its toll on civilian lives—especially women and children, and the geopolitical factors that often drive violence and instability. Dr. Nutt will challenge us to see the world in new ways, and offer timely insights into what students can do to make a difference.

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and the founder of the renowned humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena.

Read more about her work or watch her TED TALK.

Book Signing By Samantha Nutt, M.D.
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Johnson Wellness Center, Outside Sisam Arena

The Grand View Bookstore will be selling our keynote speaker’s book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid. You may have Dr. Nutt autograph your book.

Voter Registration Table in the Library: Make Your Voice Heard
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: Library

This event will provide information about voter registration, the upcoming election, and how you can get involved. Your voice matters. Student representatives from Vote Everywhere will be there to offer prizes.

Equity Game Night
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Library

This event will feature a selection of familiar board games with a twist! Games will include Monopoly, the Game of Life, Deal or No Deal, and more.

Tuesday, October 16

An Exploration of Equity and Discrimination in Des Moines
Speaker: Joshua V. Barr, Director, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Department
Time: 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Joshua V. Barr serves as the Director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Department. His work focuses on cases of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, municipal practices, and public accommodations. In this session, he will introduce the term “equity” – explaining what it means and how it is central to his work. He will also highlight topics such as how to file a discrimination complaint and trends of discrimination here in Des Moines. The Civil and Human Rights office plays an integral role in our city’s justice system, however, its rigorous efforts are oftentimes overlooked – you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more from an excellent and engaging speaker!

Global Vision Week Chapel
Time: 11 - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Luther Memorial Church

Does God care about equity? That is the question Alex Krumm, Director of Student Ministries, will be addressing during chapel. Come and be challenged and encouraged!

Equity for Male Black Students
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

This school year the Des Moines Public Schools is deeply examining equity for African American male students hoping to reverse patterns of disproportionate suspensions and expulsions and in an effort to close the achievement gap. This panel of three DMPS leaders will present an overview of this social issue and propose solutions. Everyone is welcome, but future educators and social workers are strongly encouraged to attend.


  • Dr. Roslyn Billy, ELL and World Languages Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Cecelia McDonald, High School ELL Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Pablo Ortega, Director of English Language Learners Program, Des Moines Public Schools


  • Dr. Simone Alekno, Assistant Professor of Education, Grand View University

Social Determinants of Health - Lunch and Learn
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Valhalla (SC207A)

This lunch and learn event will give students and other attendees insight into the conditions we live in that impact our health. Participants coming from a wide range of professional contexts will offer a special local focus on housing, stress, and healthcare access. Students will have the opportunity to meet health professionals and discuss their daily work in their respective fields. Bring your lunch.


  • Eric Burmeister, Polk Housing Trust
  • Rick Cozin, Polk County Health
  • Dr. Alexandra Hubbell, Unity Point Health
  • Suzanne Minick, Mid Iowa Health

Empower Her Panel and Young Women's Resource Center Project Presentation and Feminine Products Drive
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Representatives from Empower Her, Iowa UNA, AAUW and Young Women’s Resource Center will share stories of projects they have developed to improve girls’ and women’s lives. Empower Her aims to raise awareness among Iowans about the need for feminine hygiene, and provide feminine hygiene products by raising funds and products for girls in Iowa and India. Young Women's Resource Center works locally to support, educate and advocate for young women ages 10-21AAUW will be holding a personal care items drive in the weeks leading up to this panel to help stock the shelves at the YWRC! 


  • Representatives from AAUW Des Moines
  • Iowa UNA
  • Young Women's Resource Center
  • Empower Her


  • Dr. Amy Getty, Professor of English, Grand View University

Equality ≠ Equity in STEM
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Grand View’s Diversity Alliance will hold a panel discussion about equity in STEM.


  • Dr. Luke Bennett, Professor of Mathematics, Grand View University
  • Dana Hustedt, eSports Director, Grand View University
  • Dr. Laura Salazar, Professor of Chemistry, Grand View University
  • Dr. Corbin Zea, Professor of Chemistry, Grand View University


  • Aws Saeed, Biology and Pre-Med major, Diversity Alliance President, Grand View University

Poverty Simulation - Center for Social Ministry
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, especially in Iowa. Unless you’ve experienced it, however, it can be difficult to truly understand. The Rethink Poverty simulation is an interactive immersion experience designed to bridge the gap and help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family. 


  • Center for Social Ministry and GV students, faculty, staff


  • Jamie Loggins-Evans, Executive Director, Center for Social Ministry
  • Chelsea Moore, AmeriCorps Intern, Grand View University
  • Heidi Pries, Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs, Grand View University
Wednesday, October 17

Democracy and Human Rights in Africa: From "We the People" to "We the Man"
Speaker: Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B (SC135-136)

Dr. Baba-Singhri, Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Grand View University, will explain how democracy and human rights have changed in the thinking and systems of the African people.

Global Women's Stories
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Panelists of diverse international backgrounds will share from their own experiences how equity and inequity have shaped their lives.


  • Fardowsa Salat, Biochemistry major, Grand View University

Stepping Out: Young Professionals in the Global Workplace - Lunch and Learn
Sponsored by the Modern Languages Department Advisory Committee
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Valhalla (SC207A)

Bring your lunch, and enjoy cultural treats provided by the Modern Languages Department Advisory Committee. You will hear from three area professionals who will share their workplace expertise in the areas listed below. Each presenter will share with a table group for about 15 minutes and then move to another group.


  • Callista Gould, Certified Etiquette Instructor at Culture and Manners Institute: Etiquette and behavior in the workplace
  • François Loiselle, Ph. D., Process Engineer at Wells Fargo: Working across generations, and other personal stories in the workplace
  • Claudia Schabel, President of Schabel Solutions: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Equity in Athletic Administration
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B (SC135-136)

The topic of gender equity is a current one in coaching and athletic administration at high school, college and professional levels. This panel will discuss current events that highlight some controversies and changes in this male-dominated world.


  • Jean Berger, Executive Director, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
  • Megan Franklin, Senior Women's Administrator, Drake University


  • Dr. Mark Slavich, Assistant Professor of Business Administration (Sports Management), Grand View University

The Impact of Criminal Institutionalization and Income Inequality: A Question for Criminal Justice Reform in the United States
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

This panel will discuss the topic of criminal justice reform surrounding the issues of the impact of criminal institutionalization and income inequality.


  • Kristin Clemens, Assistant Registrar, Grand View University
  • Rep. Wayne Ford (former Iowa State Representative), Urban Dreams
  • Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines, Iowa State House of Assembly
  • Mr. Dane Sulenic, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Iowa Department of Correction
  • Peggy Urtz, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Grand View University, and former personnel of Iowa Department of Corrections


  • Dr. Ahmadu A. Baba-Singhri, Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department, Grand View University

STEM and Equity Meet and Greet
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Humphrey Center, Rodholm Room

Are you studying a STEM discipline? This meet and greet event will provide a chance for students to talk one-on-one with STEM professionals about their personal experiences and perspectives on equity in various fields.


  • Martha Ibore, Lecturer of Biology, ISU and Grand View University
  • Kennedy Kiprop, Eurofins
  • Eugene Klapisch-Stanton, Pioneer
  • Doug Reyes, Kemin Industries

AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Library, Conference Room

Our presenters will work with you to increase your comfort level with asking for the salary and benefits that you deserve. By the time women are a year out of college, they are already earning only 82% of what their male counterparts earn. Fight the statistic—learn how to negotiate your salary! The Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop is produced by the AAUW, American Association of University Women.


  • Dr. Amy Getty, Professor of English, Grand View University
  • Annah Hackett, Campus Engagement & Instruction Librarian, Grand View University

Interfaith Potluck
GV Student Interfaith Initiative Team
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms B & C (SC136-137)

During this interfaith potluck, students, staff, and faculty will gather together to bridge the religious gap through diverse cultural food and lively conversation.


  • Eisha Nathwani, Kinesiology and Health Promotion major (Kinesiology Concentration), Grand View University
  • Russell Lackey, Senior Campus Pastor, Grand View University
Thursday, October 18

Two Perspectives on Global Health: Empower Tanzania and Blessman International
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B (SC135-136)

Our reach to improve health can be global. Come and hear about how two United States-based organizations are helping improve health and well-being over in Tanzania and South Africa.


  • Sarah Hanson, Development Director, Blessman International
  • Phil Latessa, Executive Director, Empower Tanzania


  • Kristen Myers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Grand View University

Toxic Charity: Local Community Stories
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Come hear local individuals who have been recipients of poverty programs. They will describe the feelings and emotions they felt as they received this “help.” Listen to what they really wanted others to do for them.


  • Iris Anderson
  • Monica Berenguel


  • Philip Herman, Lecturer of Liberal Arts, Grand View University

Gender and Leadership
Time: 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
Location: Cowles Center, Room 121

This panel is composed of women from Central Iowa who have been successful leaders in their profession and in their communities. They will discuss their leadership journey and share the challenges they have experienced on their journey and explain how they overcame those challenges. Also, they will advise our students as to what they could do while in college to prepare themselves to pursue leadership positions after graduation. 


  • Carrie Clogg, Manager, Community Relations and Principal Foundation, Principal
  • Karen Rieck, Vice President - Human Resources, FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  • Emily Shields, Executive Director, Iowa Campus Contact
  • Li Zhao, Co-Founder and President, China Iowa Group


  • Alec Zama, Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Grand View University

World Food Prize Address - The Real Hunger Games by Roger Thurow
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Roger Thurow is a good friend of the World Food Prize and is the Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which is a partner of the World Food Prize Foundation. He is also an accomplished author. Thurow is an expert on agricultural development and speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in the United States, Europe, and Africa. In 2013, he spoke about the power smallholder farmers in Africa at TedxChange Seattle event, hosted by Melinda Gates.

Careers and Organizations for Increased Equity - Grand View Career Center
Time: 12:15 - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms A & B (SC135-136)

This presentation will take a look at areas of inequality and the careers and organizations within the United States that work to decrease inequality. Employment inequalities happen when an employer treats an employee or potential candidate unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age. 


  • Sara Anderson, Assistant Director of the Career Center, Grand View University
  • Chelsea Moore, AmeriCorps Intern, Grand View University

Health Equity Around the World by Dr. John Paschen
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum (SC103)

Dr. John Paschen, currently a pediatrician in Ames who ran a campaign for Congress this past spring, will speak about the topic of health equity as seen through the extensive travelling he has done through his career. He will highlight his time in places such as Mississippi, St. Lucia, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe. He will also speak about his experience in the renowned international humanitarian medical organization, Doctors without Borders.

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Dr. Heather Brady
Dr. Heather Brady
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts & Global Vision Week Coordinator