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Questions and resources - Immigration Executive Orders and Enforcement Strategies by the Federal Government

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Update March 7: Statement on updated executive order on immigration

Karen Hanson, Executive Vice President and Provost and Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean, International Programs released a statement today affirming the U's support for members of the University community impacted by the new Executive Order on Immigration and plan to create a new immigration response team.

"We understand the anxiety and concern this new executive order causes for many members of our University community, and we reiterate our compassion and support for them. The University is a truly global institution, and we will continue to welcome people from around the world. We value all that they bring to our campuses and the trust they place in us for their education, employment, and training. 

To ensure that all who are affected by immigration policy changes have access to resources and support, President Kaler last week announced the creation of an immigration response team. This team will provide outreach to the greater University community on the impact of this most recent executive order, immigration regulations, and issues connected with DACA and immigration status."

Update Mar. 6: New Executive Order on Immigration

President Trump signed an updated executive order on immigration today, replacing the one issued on January 27. The executive order will go into effect on March 16, 2017. It states that citizens of six countries (Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen) will not be granted a visa to enter the U.S. for 90 days. Permanent residents, and individuals who already have a valid visa, will be allowed to enter the United States. This executive order does not apply to individuals from Iraq, unlike the previous executive order on immigration. The University continues to carefully review this executive order to understand the implications for international students, scholars, researchers, staff, and faculty. 

Mar. 3: President Kaler announces new immigration response team

In his State of the University address on March 3, President Kaler announced the formation of a campus immigration response team :

“It’s a collaborative effort with many Twin Cities campus and system-wide partners, including our Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Office for Student Affairs, University Relations, Office of Human Resources and the Provost's Office. The Provost and I are committed to ensuring that all who are affected by any immigration policy changes will have a clear and accessible path to resources and support, and to get their questions answered in a timely fashion. We will also provide outreach to the greater University community on issues around immigration, DACA, and diversity. The Provost and I are committed to identifying resources, including a dedicated website and reallocating staff and funding as needed, to support this important work. Look for further announcements soon as we work urgently to get this team in place.”  


Editorial: Kaler's new UMN sexual assault initiatives are a welcome move

Thursday, March 23, 2017

During Eric Kaler’s recent State of the University speech, the University of Minnesota president noted the prevalence of sexual assault on campus, which has been brought to light this school year, especially after the Gophers football boycott last fall.

One change to the culture and practices at the University regarding sexual assault — “enhanced training and additional education for students after their first year,” as Kaler put it — is a welcome move.

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UMN student co-op's rape culture signs spur mixed reactions

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Residents of the University of Minnesota's Students’ Cooperative began placing signs in their front yard at the beginning of spring semester with phrases like, “frat boys: stop raping people.”

Members say the displays — located on University Avenue's fraternity row — have drawn concern from greek life members and gratitude from survivors.

In February, the Interfraternity Council contacted Student Unions and Activities, which set up a meeting between co-op and fraternity leaders. Ultimately, SUA found the signs violated no University policy.


Multicultural Career and Leadership Summit

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Join us for the first annual Multicultural Career and Leadership Summit!

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is hosting the first annual Multicultural Career and Leadership Summit (MCLS) on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:30am-3:30pm in Coffman Memorial Union. The summit brings University of Minnesota students from diverse backgrounds together with business leaders from around the Twin Cities for career development workshops, deep networking and relationship-building, and an exclusive job fair.


University of Minnesota School of Public Health Annual Health Disparities Roundtable: Building Safe and Healthy Communities for All

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7th, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Come celebrate National Public Health Week at the Annual Health Disparities Roundtable at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Check-in and Light Breakfast / Poster Session 9:00-9:30am


Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture Workshop

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fee Waived for "Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture"
Part of the ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series for U faculty and staff.

Understanding your own culture and beliefs is an essential step for building intercultural competency and learning how to effectively work with international students. ISSS's Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture workshop will help you do that.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 23, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location: Heller Hall, Room 1210
Register Now

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