Building bridges

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When members of the College Republicans student group wrote “Build the wall” on a Washington Avenue Bridge panel this fall as part of "Paint the Bridge" day, the action sparked outrage from many immigrant students, students of color and supporters.

The immediate response took two forms: A protest on the Washington Ave bridge the day after the panel was painted and another protest by students at an October 6 Campus Conversation event with President Eric Kaler.


Power & Privilege Series: Geena Rocero

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wed. Nov. 16, 2016, 6 pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Next up in the 2016-2017 Power & Privilege Series is Transgender activist and Fashion model, Geena Rocero. In her groundbreaking 2014 TED talk on International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero revealed that she was transgender publicly for the first time. Her talk went viral and has more than 2.5 million views.

As the cofounder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and awareness campaign, Rocero works tirelessly to advance the rights of all transgender individuals.

More information, including how to get a free ticket for the event, on the Facebook event invitation page.

News and Information

Costume Choices

Thursday, October 27, 2016

It happens on many college campuses every Halloween. Attending a party, a white student will wear a Native American headdress. A fraternity, its members dressed in blackface, will throw a “ghetto party.” A group of students -- or even college administrators -- will don sombreros and fake mustaches. Inevitably, photographs of the costumes will end up on Instagram or Twitter, with those posing unaware or unconcerned about the hurt these costumes cause. The resulting attention leads to embarrassment for the college and sets off racial tensions among students.

Colleges brace themselves for such controversies every year, and this Halloween is no different, with several institutions proactively encouraging students to avoid offensive and culturally insensitive costumes. At a time of frequent college protests over racism, the pre-emptive approach has the support of many multicultural groups and centers on campuses. But institutions are also facing criticism, backlash and mockery over what critics consider to be a chilling of free speech and coddling of overly sensitive students.

Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed.


Apply for a campus climate micro-grant

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The campus climate micro-grants are an opportunity for the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding to advance campus climate. The theme this year is “building bridges” to encourage two or more groups (ie. departments, collegiate units, student groups, etc.) to work collaboratively on projects to enhance the campus climate. Micro-grant awards will be between $500-$1000 grants. Applications are due Wed. Nov. 30. More information and application forms can be found here.

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Applications sought for disparities in African American men’s health research

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) is requesting applications for translational and community-based research projects focusing on health disparities for African American men, including chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, hepatitis C, unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, and head injuries in athletes. The center will fund five projects with awards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. The center will connect investigators with national and community local partners.

Feminist Friday: Art of Arguing

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, Oct. 28, 12-1:30 pm, Walter Library

What can we do when friends' or family's words wound or leave us vulnerable? Do we want to be right, or effective? Can we be both? Learn how to navigate those difficult conversations with dignity and respect. Facilitated by Katie H. Eichele, Director, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Held in 101 Walter Library. RSVP encouraged.

Facebook event invitation.

News and Information

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Resources

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is available to all staff, students and participants in university-related activities across the entire University of Minnesota system. Our office helps to help resolve issues or concerns involving discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, nepotism, and retaliation.


Page.Stage.Engage 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

FridayNovember 4 at the UMN Whole Music Club, 7:30pm doors. Free. All ages. Featuring Tish Jones, Guante, Speakers of the Sun, SPEAK Poetry and DJ Just Nine

An evening of spoken word exploring intersections of art, activism, and social justice featuring Tish Jones, Guante, Speakers of the Sun, UMN SPEAK Poetry, and DJ Just Nine.

News and Information

About that Bias Response Team

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bias incidents happen at the University of Minnesota. These bias incidents undermine the University’s efforts towards equity and inclusivity. They limit our community’s ability to excel in our work and learning. They also impede free and open discourse and our ability to know and learn from one another. Biased and hateful expression causes harm and ruptures in our campus community that must be addressed.

The Bias Response Team (BRT), along with other campus bodies, works to respond to bias incidents in ways that support those most impacted, promote education and dialogue, and that affirms the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom. Below is background about the BRT - including how it was created and how it operates.

Below is background about the BRT - including how it was created and how it operates. In January 2016, President Kaler approved a proposal to set up a Bias Response Team on the Twin Cities campus. This proposal was developed by a grassroots committee comprised of members from the Coalition for a Respectful U and the Campus Climate Engagement Team. It was brought to the Campus Climate Workgroup and President’s Office for review and approval. The BRT began work in February 2016.

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