Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests attend Leadership Event

Posted On: 2022-03-23

Source: Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership (Dr. Chris Bobier, Dr. Matthew Gerlach, and Br. Robert Smith)

On Wednesday, March 16th, Saint Mary’s students, faculty, staff and guests attended an informative panel discussion in the Toner Lounge on the Winona campus on the topic “Local Leadership in Divisive Times.” The event was sponsored by the College Republicans, College Democrats, Student Senate, and PR Business and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. Panelists discussed opportunities and challenges facing the community of Winona in the midst of volatile and disruptive times. While all three panelists represented distinct areas of government and community engagement, a consensus view was that it is necessary to understand what causes the existence of viewpoints particular to each constituent, and that respect is paramount in bringing opposing sides together in collaboration.

Panelists included: Winona Mayor Scott Sherman, Executive Director of Engage Winona Marcia Ratliff, and Winona City Councilman Steve Young.

Dr. Chris Bobier, associate director of the Hendrickson Institute and assistant professor of philosophy, moderated the interactive dialogue.

If you have suggestions for future student-faculty events related to pressing topics of today, please be sure to let us know at hendricksoninstitute@smumn.edu.