ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
ISSS Intercultural Workshop

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop series combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and “Culture In-Depth” sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. Each session helps UMN staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty. For details and to register, visit the ISSS webpage.


Race, Religion, and Gender: Driving the 2016 Election?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 3:30pm, Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop, Free and open to the public. A panel discussion exploring how the roles of race, religion and gender are influencing American politics, and particularly the 2016 elections. Perspectives from a variety of fields across the University of Minnesota looking at the current political climate, and its impact on the future of American government.


New lactation space on West Bank

Thursday, August 25, 2016

by Molly Stern and Angela Koenig, staff in the Learning Abroad Center

We initially approached leadership at the Center about the need for a lactation space in our office/building (Heller Hall, adjacent to HHH) but were unable to find a space that would work. Instead, the leaders agreed to dedicate funds to the HHH lactation room (only a minute walk from the Learning Abroad Center office) if the Humphrey Institute would collaborate with the Learning Abroad Center to make necessary improvements to the space. 


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.

News and Information

U is among the Best of the Best Top 30 List of LGBTQ-friendly Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The University of Minnesota is among the Best Top 30 List of LGBTQ friendly colleges and univerisities according to Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. They chose thirty campuses to highlight this year based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures. Here's what it has to say about the University of Minnesota. The full article, which includes a summary of all 30 insitutions, can be found here.

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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

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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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