April 3, 2017
By Brady Farmer, Kolten Hagens, Austin Henderson, Phuc Lee, Max Salinger, Henry Sharpe, Devyn Stewart, Ava Stipanovich, Juan Tello, and Bryanna Thumma
This fall, the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center welcomed its first class of Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy students. The long-term development and success of these students is very important to the Center, and toward that end, we have designed a series of salons around meaningful subjects like noble failure, wonder, and empathy/humility. These conversations take place around a dinner table and include perspectives from our University and Iowa City communities.
Our final salon of the academic year took place on the 8th floor of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), and focused on the topics of “empathy” and “humility.” The Academy students were again paired with guests from the University and Iowa City communities, and everyone was asked to share a time when they had experienced an unexpected act of compassion.
The gathering also heard from child life specialists Emily Mozena and Bri Swope. Child life specialists help children and their families navigate the emotionally and physically demanding process of coping with illness, injury, disability, trauma and hospitalization. Emily and Bri shared how this experience has impacted their lives, and encouraged the students to expand their own understanding of the challenges people face.