Responding to the Moment

The Obermann Center has long tried to be sensitive to current events and the needs of those we most immediately serve: faculty and other University of Iowa scholars, researchers, and artists. In midst of a pandemic and with the country’s racial history under intense scrutiny, we knew that we needed to be bold. We offered free training in Liberating Structures to support people’s online teaching and digital meetings, special funding opportunities in support of the digital classroom, and several events specific to the history and contemporary experience of Black Americans.

Brianna Marcelo, Director of UI Diversity Resources, reflects on her experience in the Liberating Structures workshops