CLS: Social Justice Week
Stretch, grow, learn, and connect. These sessions explore unconscious bias, systemic racism, and racial justice.
LISA MCDUFFIE | President/CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, June 20, Orchestra Hall | “Let’s Check your Implicit Bias”
Everyone has bias. Let’s talk about what it is and the first steps to dismantle it.
3:30-5 p.m., Monday, June 20, Orchestra Hall | “Racial Justice 101”
The racial inequity that exists today is the direct result of “structural racism.” What happened and what’s the issue now?
Lisa McDuffie is the President/CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio and is responsible for overseeing a $5-million-dollar budget for a 20-county service area with a staff of nearly 100 employees. Together with the board of directors, she ensures the empowerment of women, and the elimination of racism is addressed in all mission-based YWCA programs.
McDuffie has a master’s in science and social administration from Case Western Reserve and a bachelor’s in social work from the University of Findlay. She is a licensed independent social worker and has been extremely active on various boards and committees including the ProMedica Board of Trustees, Connecting Kids to Meals, CareNet and the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2020, McDuffie co-facilitated a group of African American leaders that produced The Toledo Black Agenda and led to the formation of the Toledo Racial Equity Inclusion Council.
DR. MONITA MUNGO | Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo
3:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, Orchestra Hall | “Juneteenth: Jubilee, History & Hope”
This lecture will examine the history and early celebrations of June 19, 1865, Juneteenth. The presentation will include consideration of some cultural traditions that are followed on this holiday, including food selections, activities, and speeches about the history of slavery and its modern impact.
Social justice as it relates to social inequality and the remnant of slavery is a popular subject of many talks given on Juneteenth. This tradition will continue as well as the inclusion of the hope of equity (not equality) and the responsibility to achieve it for all Americans.
Dr. Mungo serves as a professor of sociology at the University of Toledo. Her research explains and exposes social inequities and their outcomes in the lives of marginalized people, including the barriers created for educational achievement. Author of an Op-Ed for The Hill explaining the utility of Critical Race Theory, Mungo has appeared on several local and national news shows, including Cincinnati Public Radio, explaining the controversial theory.
Through teaching, Dr. Mungo makes the scientific study of society – sociology – relevant to students during a time when “alternative facts” have become an accepted strategy for describing social phenomena. She serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Africana Studies program and the Department of Women & Gender studies at the University of Toledo, and her academic journey includes degrees from Pepperdine University (undergraduate) and Wayne State University (graduate).
LUKE WITTE | Former Ohio State University & Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Player
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, Orchestra Hall | “Calling to Basketball & Ministry”
Witte will share highlights of his career and calling, both in basketball and to ministry.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, Orchestra Hall | “50th Anniversary of OSU Minnesota Basketball Brawl”
Witte will discuss the historic brawl between the OSU and Minnesota basketball teams, the worst fight in college sports history, including video footage. The story of the profound reconciliation between the players is especially relevant in 2022, marking the 50th anniversary of this tragic event.
Lakeside is honored to welcome Luke Witte, former Ohio State University and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player, this week.
During his visit, Witte will also lead a basketball clinic (ages 7+) from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Bettinger Park basketball courts. No registration necessary.
Having been ordained as a minister in Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside, Witte is recently retired as Division Director for Marketplace Chaplains for North and South Carolina. His main responsibilities included recruiting and training chaplains while developing and encouraging chaplain teams in both ministry functions and spiritual enrichment.
After graduating from OSU, Witte was selected in the fourth round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played with the team for three years before traveling overseas to play in Switzerland and Italy.
He received a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His passion is pastoral care, but he also enjoys woodworking and traveling with his wife, Donita.
CHARLES ALLEN | Lakeside’s Chief Operating Officer
Charles Allen, Lakeside COO, will discuss “Hope & the Role Church has Shaped Social Justice” at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Orchestra Hall. His lectures close out Chautauqua Lecture Series’ “Social Justice Week.”
Things are changing, but we still have work to do: faith, hope, love and action will bring healing to old wounds. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It’s appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.” Although many of our houses of worship still remain segregated, things are beginning to change.