William Green, M. Anita Gay Hawthorne professor of critical race and ethnic studies, is featured prominently in the Spring 2021 Middle West Review, a special issue on the African American Midwest. Not only did he contribute an article, “An Ever-Present Impulse: The Legacy of Anti-Black Violence and the Paradox of Minnesota Exceptionalism,” but his books were also the subject of another article, “The Long History of Black Political and Identity Struggles in Minnesota: A Consideration of the Work of William D. Green” by Jacob Bruggeman.
The guest editor of this issue, Brie Arnold, served as visiting assistant professor of history at Augsburg in 2008-09.
Jamil Stamschror-Lott ’16 M.S.W., an adjunct professor in Augsburg’s Master of Social Work program, was featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on June 17. “How This Minneapolis Man Is Healing Collective Trauma Through Creative Counseling and Mentoring” focuses on his work leading trauma-informed community healing through Creative Kaponya, a therapy practice founded by Stamschror-Lott and his wife, Sara. Speaking about the importance of healing sessions that include meditation, art, and body movement as well as traditional therapy, he said, “Microaggressions and discriminatory encounters can take a mental and physical toll on your body.”
Annie Heiderscheit, director of Augsburg’s Master of Music Therapy program, was one of three featured guests on Angela Davis’ MPR talk show. MPR’s June 1 show focused on the increase in physical pain that many people have experienced during the pandemic. Heiderscheit spoke about how music can help people manage pain and recommended types of music that can be especially helpful.
Augsburg University is once again set to welcome one of its largest and most diverse classes this fall. Augsburg’s largest incoming class was in Fall 2019, when 636 first-year students enrolled. In 2020, it welcomed its second-largest class. This year’s incoming class is on track to be approximately the same size as the previous two years.
In addition, the percentage of BIPOC students at Augsburg has increased significantly since 2008. That year, 18% of incoming students identified as BIPOC. More recently, approximately 65% of first-year students have identified as BIPOC.
The Monitor published “Diverse, record breaking classes at Augsburg,” covering a May 19 speech by President Paul Pribbenow to the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit. In addition to mentioning three leadership lessons that Pribbenow shared with his audience, the story described Augsburg’s growth, both in terms of diversity and overall numbers, and its community engagement.
Augsburg had 636 first-year students in fall 2019, its largest entering class. That first year class also reflected more diversity than the decade before; in 2019, 65% of new students identified as BIPOC as compared to 18% in 2008. The university had its second-largest entering class in 2020 and is on track to enroll one of its largest classes again this fall.
On May 25, PBS NewsHour featured William Green, M. Anita Gay Hawthorne professor of critical race and ethnic studies, in the story “Examining efforts toward police reform in Minneapolis amid crime spike.” Green addressed barriers to police reform efforts in Minneapolis, including the fact that not much can be accomplished at the city level. “The power of the police federation, for example, really comes from the state, for all intents and purposes,” he said.
President Paul Pribbenow was featured in the article, “What Is Equity?” in the May/June 2021 issue of Currents, the magazine for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He spoke about Augsburg’s work toward “equity-mindedness,” the role that advancement professionals can play in this work, and what it’s like to lead a private university in pursuing equity. Speaking of his experience as Augsburg’s president, he said, “I recognized that it was not good enough to say we had that commitment, and that we were doing good things in the community. We had to do the internal work of a community that truly aspired to be inclusive and anti-racist.”
In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, mental health experts have seen a rise in Black people seeking therapy. Jamil Stamschror-Lott ’16 MSW and his wife are the founders of Creative Kuponya, a mental health practice in Minneapolis. They have seen many overwhelmed and exhausted residents.
“We’ve seen everything that the nation has seen from afar, from folks in civil unrest and devastation, despair,” Augsburg Instructor Stamschror-Lott told The New York Times.