Creating lasting change to combat systematic racism and inequities
Don’t miss this necessary and honest conversation.
In his historical ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King implored, “this is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism,” and that there is a “fierce urgency of now.” This message still holds true nearly 60 years later. And, as a coalition, CUMU is committed to working with members to act now through critical learning, dialogue, and actionable strategies.
Panelists include CUMU executive committee members and CUMU member presidents and chancellors from public, private, religiously-affiliated, and minority-serving institutions.
This discussion will be moderated by Fred de Sam Lazaro, executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project, an international journalism program based at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served the PBS NewsHour as a correspondent since 1985 and was a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle.
Fred has reported from 70 countries focused on stories and issues that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media, with particular emphasis on social innovation and entrepreneurship aimed at alleviating poverty. In recent weeks, Fred has focused much of his reporting on racial justice and equity issues from his Minnesota base, in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.
Fred is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He serves on the board of Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and also has served on the boards of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.