The Winona State University Expanding Perspectives Series will host “Community Healing Through Activism, Community Gardens, and Empathy” with Melvin Giles at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Science Laboratory Center Auditorium (SLC 120).

Also known as the “Peace Bubble Man,” Giles is a peacemaker raised in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn. He will discuss racism in the Rondo neighborhood and will share his story about using organizing, community gardens, and peacemaking to bring about community healing.

He will describe how he used community gardens to bring people together while combating racism, and how these community gardens aimed to encourage people to consider ways in which they could improve community peace.

Melvin Giles is an expert in community organizing and has dedicated his life to the equity of all people. These stories from Giles will educate our community about the different ways that people can utilize their talents and interests to fight against inequities.

Dr. Jonathan Locust

Associate Vice President for the Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence, Winona State University

This event also offers a Zoom option: https://minnstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdumspzMpE9TISIJJe8MbG9frsg3c7poh.

The Expanding Perspectives Series aims to provide a diverse range of perspectives to promote the understanding and appreciation for the variety of cultures across our campus and in our community.

For more information, contact Nahla Lee at yeejsuab.lee@winona.edu.