Thinking Through the Dirt

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

By Saeide Mirzaei 

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Fort Snelling is one of Minnesota's foundational and most well-known sites. But its history is more complex than that of just a military fort. The fort's location is a sacred space for the Dakota people, and it was also used as a prison and concentration camp. It is these stories—and more—that anthropology professor Katherine Hayes is determined to tell. Read the full story on the College of Liberal Arts website.

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U chalking policy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

As fall semester begins, as sure as the leaves will soon turn colors, chalking will spring up on sidewalks across campus. There is a University policy about chalking. According to the policy, chalking on University of Minnesota campuses is limited to registered student groups, official University departments or offices, faculty members, staff members, and registered students. Chalking must bear the name of and be signed by the sponsoring University department or registered student group.

To help ensure a safe and respectful campus, this policy will be enforced. If you see chalking that appears to violate the policy, contact the FM (Facilities Management) Call Center at 612-624-2900.

The university condemns all acts of bias, hate and discrimination and has a responsibility to address them, which includes chalking that is biased, discriminatory or hateful. If you see chalking that appears to violate the policy or is bias related, contact the Bias Response Team at endbias@umn.edu.

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Religious Observances at a Public University

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On December 25, the University of Minnesota is closed. Always--because even though Christmas is a holiday only to Christians, it is also an official national holiday. 

What about the holidays of other religions? How does a public university balance the needs of students, staff, and faculty who profess a wide variety of religions, as well as no religion at all?


Moving Beyond Compliance: Supplier Diversity and Community Economic Impact

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

By Darryl A. Peal, Office for Business and Community Economic Development

Across the nation, corporations, universities and municipalities have developed supplier diversity programs to deal with equity and inclusion challenges in their supply chain.  Historically, most diversity programs initially focused on human resource issues. They concentrated exclusively on the numbers of diverse people they have employed or enrolled in their organization or institution.

Those early programs represent the introduction of diversity and inclusion initiatives into corporate America and higher education. However, to truly be inclusive, organizations must include their community economic impact into the very fabric of their inclusion goals. It is my belief that numerical representation is only one part of inclusion. Inclusion also means that diversity and cultural competency is part of the very fabric of an organization’s human resource goals and business initiatives.

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OED Awards - Call for Nominations

Friday, August 19, 2016

Each year, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) sponsors numerous awards in support of equity and diversity work and achievements at the University of Minnesota. OED invites you to consider two such awards that recognize the excellent work underway at the University being done in these areas -  the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, and the Outstanding Unit Award for Equity and Diversity. Read the full story and find links for nominations on the OED website.

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New International Students and Scholars Arriving on Campus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Over the next few weeks, more than 300 new freshmen, 400 undergraduate transfers, 800 graduate and professional international students, and 300 non-degree students from more than 130 countries will arrive and settle in for the academic year. Hundreds more scholars and researchers from around the world will arrive throughout the fall semester. Each of these individuals brings new perspectives and experiences to our University and a strong motivation to learn and succeed.


Campus Climate Initiative at the University of Minnesota

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

With racial tensions in the U.S. on the rise, how is the University of Minnesota addressing the issue on campus? Dr. Lamar Hylton, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs, discusses the unique challenges facing students of color on college campuses and how the U of M is working to make campus more welcoming and inclusive to students of all backgrounds and identities. Listen to the interview on Access Minnesota

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