New Course Spotlight: The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie

Inver Hills offering new online Humanities course fall semester 2020

Inver Hills Community College is offering a new course, HUM 2250: Special Topics in Humanities: The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie, starting fall semester 2020. The new 3-credit course will be taught online Wednesday evenings 6 – 8:50 p.m. from August 24, 2020, until December 17, 2020.

This distance-learning course will explore systemic racism within the United States, promote an understanding of the narratives associated with the murder of George Floyd, and examine how we move forward with dismantling this oppressive system. This course seeks to equip students to become more empathetic, knowledgeable, and empowered social change agents.

The new course will be taught by two community leaders of color, Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, EdD, consultant, trainer and community builder with Strategic Diversity Initiatives, and Titilayo Bediako, executive director of the WE WIN Institute.

The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie meets the following Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goals:

  • Goal 06: Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Goal 08: Global Perspective

Senior Citizens: Come explore your interests with free tuition

If you are 62 years old or older, you can take courses at Inver Hills tuition free. You can enroll and pay only $20 per credit in administration fees plus student fees, minus the Student Life fee. Senior registrations are taken starting the second day of each semester.

You can also audit a course (attending class without tests, grades or college credit). You’ll be charged students fees, but no administration or Student Life fees.


Senior Citizen Registration Form

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WHAT: HUM 2250: The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie
WHEN: Fall semester 2020 Wednesday evenings 6 – 8:50 p.m.
WHERE: Online


About the instructors…

Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, EdD¹

Consultant, Trainer, Community Builder, Strategic Diversity Initiatives
Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon | Photo: Huelife

Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, EdD, worked at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) as director of Community Relations from June 2012 to October 2018. In this role, she managed, developed and facilitated engagement between DHS and the communities experiencing inequities in access and outcomes, while building community relations.

She staffed the creation of the legislatively mandated Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC), which advises the commissioner on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups within DHS programs.

Dr. Apolinario-Wilcoxon uses her skills as an ACE Interface Certified presenter to provide community engagement that is sensitive to the lived experiences of everyone in the space, by creating welcoming, supportive and caring spaces.


Titilayo Bediako²

Executive Director, WE WIN Institute
Titilayo Bediako | Photo: Stephenetta Harmon/MSR News

In the fall of 1995, Lyndale school (Minneapolis Public School) teacher, Titilayo (Titi) Bediako, saw the need to build the youth of the future by celebrating and honoring cultural differences.

WE WIN, which began with one program and 25 children, and has grown to include free parent groups, after school, tutoring, and summer programs, and Kwanzaa Celebrations each year and as of 2014, has served more than 5,000 youth and families, creating long-term and systemic change in their lives and communities.

For the last 20 years, WE WIN Institute founder, Titilayo Bediako, has been helping youth do just that by taking pride in their cultural heritage and learning to be emotionally and intellectually equipped for responsible adulthood.


Kneel-In for Justice

One month after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers on Monday, May 25, 2020, Inver Hills Community College honored his memory by gathering faculty, staff and students from Inver Hills and Dakota County Technical College along with community members to participate in a Kneel-In for Justice.

The event took place Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and was held on the Community Garden Field south of Heritage Hall on the Inver Hills campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

For more event photos, view the Kneel-In for Justice album on Inver Hills Flickr.

Learn more about the new online Humanities course, HUM 2250: Special Topics in Humanities: The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie, by contacting:

Barbara Curchack, Phd
Dean of Liberal Arts

Learn more about Humanities at Inver Hills by contacting:

Vicky Knickerbocker
Humanities Faculty

¹ Courtesy of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® and Augsburg University
² Courtesy of MSR (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)
Photo: Stephen Maturen | Getty Images

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