The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement
Juneteenth and Justice
A Message from the Eugene J. McCarthy Center to the CSB/SJU Community
While we celebrate a day centered around freedom and justice, we are reminded of protests and civic dialogue around the world that call attention not just to the ongoing history of police brutality and abuse, but also to the core issue of White supremacy. The brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks (and too many more) are blatant reminders of the painful injustices that continue to affect the Black community since origins of the country. The McCarthy Center is founded on the values of democratic engagement, equity, and justice. We take a firm stance against all forms of racism and bigotry. White supremacy and systemic racism must be challenged at CSB/SJU, at the St. Joe City Hall, and everywhere around the globe.
Black lives matter and young voices matter. As my Political Science colleague, Dr. Pedro dos Santos, and I recently told the St. Cloud Times, having different voices and diverse representation in government and all organizations is both critical and long overdue.
Last October, the McCarthy Center partnered with the Black Students Association to draw attention to police brutality and community transformation following the police killing of Philando Castile, which occurred in Twin Cities. At this event, chaired by CSB student Tynesha Ashley, Black Lives Matter activist, John Thompson, challenged CSB/SJU audiences to be the change we want and be unapologetic about it.
The voices and activism of young people are often marginalized, slow-walked, and dismissed. To enhance your voices, the McCarthy Center is pushing for greater student voter engagement for the upcoming November elections. Not only will national figures be elected but students will also vote for the mayor of St. Joe and several city council members as they will seek re-election. We encourage you to not only hold national figures accountable but also local ones. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that “our lives end when we become silent about the issues that matter.” Keep these issues alive and let your concerns be heard at the polls in November. More info on voting here.
Besides the embedded links above, the following are some resources that address issues of racial justice and equity.
- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, an expert on the psychology of racism and author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, told a McCarthy Lecture campus audience that we need to examine the “What, So What, and Now What” of a race-conscious society. You can watch her riveting interview with President Dr. Mary Dana Hinton here.
- Due to Covid-19, the McCarthy Center’s March campus event with Dr. Josie Johnson, a civil rights icon and hero is now rescheduled for the fall. Dr. Josie Johnson, recently said on National Public Radio, “not only are we not going backwards — we must hold on to what we've learned and encourage, support, protect our children. We have got to help them make a difference so that the next generation…..are they going to grow up in an environment which they have to continue to struggle?”
- The McCarthy Center Joe Farry Professor of Political Science Dr. Christi Siver and several other authors have some timely and insightful articles about racial and gender equity and inclusion in the recent CSB Magazine.
- Lauren Simmons, the second African-American female trader at the New York Stock Exchange, recently spoke about “The Power of Being the OTHER in the Room” at the Mark Kennedy Frontiers in Freedom McCarthy Center Lecture on campus in November.
Matt Lindstrom and the McCarthy Center Team
To cultivate the habit of promoting the common good through an integrative environment for learning.
To promote the value of politics; our shared identity as citizens; our engagement in public work.
The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement was founded in 2006 as a learning community and resource hub for students, faculty, staff, and alums interested in engaging issues and practices of public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for collaborative scholarship, creative and integrated learning through programming and activities on and off-campus and in collaboration with various other departments and organizations. The McCarthy Center also offers resources for internships, networking, and career mentoring experiences in the areas of public policy and public affairs. The staff and student participants of the McCarthy Center work to create venues for constructive, responsible and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs.
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement presented The 13th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture with Former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos interviewed by SJU Alum Valentín Sierra '10 in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater. Photo Credit: Jillian Schulz '20