Signs of the Times

The Signs of the Times series connects campus to community experts around justice topics. The theme for the 2023–24 series is Poverty and Power. Bring your lunch; dessert and drinks provided!

Spring 2024 Events

February: The Power of Near Peer Mentoring — Helping First Gen Students Achieve College Degrees
Rose Meissner – President, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
Friday, Feb. 2; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

March: Empowerment in Practice
Mark Herriman – Executive Vice President of OneRoof, United Way of St. Joseph County
Friday, March 1; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

April
Cynthia Simmons-Taylor – Diversity & Inclusion Officer, City of South Bend
Friday, April 5; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Fall 2023 Events

September: Care, Connect, Construct
Carl Hetler – Homelessness Coordinator, City of South Bend
Friday, Sept. 1; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

October: Sustainability for the Future
Mayor James Mueller – Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Friday, Oct. 6; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House
Part of St. Francis Week

November: Goodwill—More Than a Store
Debie Coble – President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.
Friday, November 3; noon–1:00 p.m.
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

2022-23 Events

The theme for the 2022–23 series was Leadership in Justice and Hope.

September | La Casa de Amistad: All Under One Roof
Juan Constantino, executive director, La Casa de Amistad
Friday, September 2, 2022; 12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

October | Parks as Islands of Opportunity:  Stewardship, Innovation and Public Service
Jan McGowan, Park Interpreter of St. Joseph County Parks
Friday, October 7, 2022; 12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Geddes Hall, McNeill Library

November | The Circle: Continuity of Potawatomi Culture and a Path to the Future
Jason Wesaw, Pokagon Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Friday, November 4, 2022; 12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

February | Justice Hope through Our Lens
Hon. Andrew Gammage, Magistrate Judge, St. Joseph County Circuit Court
Friday, February 3, 2023; 12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

March | Hope for Health Equity
Susan King, president, Beacon Health Foundation
Friday, March 3, 2023; 12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Geddes Hall, Coffee House

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