UW-La Crosse alum discusses why discrimination is an “everyone” problem in upcoming TED Talk

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The latest FBI reports show hate crimes in the U.S. remain high and the effects of racism are so bad that many cities have declared it a public health crisis.

A virtual TED Talk event featuring a local leader will tackle that discrimination head on.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse alum and founding member of the La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, Wale Elegbede, is hosting a virtual TED Talk on racism and islamophobia. He says progress made in La Crosse on these issues could be used as a model around the world.

The presentation titled “Stop seeing discrimination as ‘their’ problem and see it as ‘our problem’ — all of us” is one of 12 presentations chosen from thousands for the collaborative TED@PMI: Action + Impact virtual event, celebrating leaders in the project management community.

Elegbede hopes to inspire others to see discrimination as a problem that requires action from everyone.

“When you look at racism and discrimination, we sometimes get a tendency to say ‘that’s not our problem, that’s their problem’ but it’s really everyone’s business and if we really want to solve this everybody needs to be in and actively engaged,” he says.

TED@PMI: Action + Impact runs through Saturday, Sep. 26.

Wale Elegbede’s TED Talk airs at 9 a.m. CST Friday, Sept 25. You can find more details on how to register and watch on pmi.org/ted.