Round 2: What Does Textile and Apparel Interdisciplinary Research and Education Look Like in the 21st Century?
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The majority of the session was dedicated to discussing five key Grand Challenges that the Sedona Group had previously identified. The five Grand Challenges were: (a) environmental sustainability (climate change, preservation, resource utilization, etc.) led by Linda Welters; (b) social sustainability (Corporate social responsibility, community development, poverty, etc.) led by Dee Knight; (c) health and well-being (obesity, mental health, body image, quality of life, disruptive technology, etc.) led by Nancy Rudd; (d) shifts in demographics (aging, immigration, diversity, etc.) led by Andrew Reiley; and (e) inequality (in gender, ethnicity, education, wealth, etc.) led by Minjeong Kim. Karen LaBat and Jung Ha-Brookshire led the group discussion using Art of Hosting (or Art of Participatory Leadership) techniques.