Challenge Week 2022

 About the Theme

Hosted by UCA’s Norbert O. Schedler Honors College, Challenge Week brings to campus a wide range of regional, national, and international thinkers to discuss a specific issue or problem that impacts our society. Speakers present compelling information and arguments, challenging us to see that issue or problem from a new perspective and to take action toward thoughtful change.

Our theme for Challenge Week 2022 is The Mental Health Crisis: Finding Our Way. On March 1, 2022, in advance of President Biden’s first State of the Union address to the nation, the White House released a Fact Sheet on the “National Mental Health Crisis.”

Our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages. Two out of five adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression. And, Black and Brown communities are disproportionately undertreated – even as their burden of mental illness has continued to rise. Even before the pandemic, rates of depression and anxiety were inching higher. But the grief, trauma, and physical isolation of the last two years have driven Americans to a breaking point.

The goal of this year’s Challenge Week is to explore a wide variety of ways to understand, approach, navigate, and handle individual and collective anxieties, fears, grief, and trauma, drawing on a wide variety of disciplines and practices: history, environmental science, psychology, spirituality, and the arts.

Speaker and Event Preview

Monday, October 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Whitney Barringer, historian with a specialty is medical and mental healthcare. Dr. Barringer is also a graduate of the Schedler Honors College and former instructor.

Tuesday, October 256:00-7:00 p.m.

Sarah Jacquette Ray, environmental scientist at Humboldt University and author of A Field Guide to Climate Change: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet.

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Presentations from UCA’s Counseling Center staff.

Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, author, poet, and ordained Zen Buddhist priest.

Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall

Frank Warren, founder of the PostSecret Project, “a growing collection of over 1 million artful secrets, mailed to his home on postcards,” that has turned into art exhibits, books, and a call for suicide awareness and prevention.