Whitburn Center

Whitburn Wednesdays Event Series

The Whitburn Wednesdays Event Series covers a wide range of pressing issues and features panelists representing a diversity of viewpoints. The events take place most months of the academic year, either in person and/or virtually. Click below to learn more and RSVP.

Half-Hearted and Partially Awake: Building Tools and Pathways to Liberatory Management

Virtual | Wednesday, February 21 | 12:00 to 1 p.m. (CT) 

Join us for a Whitburn Wednesday event presented by Dr. Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The study and practice of traditional U.S. public management (PM) is often rooted in acontextual and ahistorical perspectives that ignore the harms perpetuated by people in power. These approaches are aligned with existing systems of oppression that not only undergird dominant narratives but also uphold false identity-based hierarchies. Such perspectives diminish understandings of the shared humanity between those that benefit from and are most impacted by these systems. This engaged session offers participants the tools of mindfulness and racial healing, within the context of PM, to build a sense of shared humanity that can help serve as a pathway toward liberatory management.

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Tia Sherèe Gaynor, PhD, is an associate professor in the leadership and management area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

She is a community-engaged scholar immersed in equity and inclusion. Her work explores the intersection of social justice, local government, and identity. More specifically, focusing on the ways identity-based narratives, negative social constructions, and decision-making lead to inequitable outcomes for people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, and people at the intersections of these and other identities. Her most recent work sits at the nexus of mindfulness, intergroup dialogue, and racial healing to explore avenues toward equity and justice.

Previously, Gaynor was at the University of Cincinnati, serving as a faculty member in the political science department, founding director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, and Taft Professor of Social Justice.