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We condemn all acts of hate on our campus

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A message sent today by President Kaler, Provost Hanson and Vice President Albert to the Twin Cities campus community:

Dear Members of our Campus Community,

We are profoundly disturbed by a series of ugly and frightening anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred over the past two months. Some of these incidents have been publicized, but there have also been other less visible, but equally painful, incidents threatening members of our Jewish community. Friday on our campus, a vile anti-Semitic flier was found posted.  


We are a campus community that is grounded in respect and enriched by diversity. These abhorrent and alarming acts are inconsistent with the University's fundamental values. They have an especially terrible impact on members of our Jewish community, but all members of our University community must feel this injury and stand in solidarity against hate and bigotry. 


Read the full message on the Office of the President website.

News and Information

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update Feb. 22:

Executive orders on immigration and the federal government’s enforcement strategies continue to dominate the news, creating anxiety among individuals and institutions that may be affected.  We are reviewing the memos released yesterday from the Department of Homeland Security outlining the government’s border security and deportation strategies and assessing their potential impact on students and other members of the University community.  We also anticipate that a revised executive order will be issued very soon to replace the order of January 27, 2017, that restricted entry into the country by refugees and persons from certain countries, but has been on hold due to court action (discussed below under travel ban status).  This is a rapidly changing area.  We will provide updates as new information becomes available and we can evaluate carefully what the new developments mean and how the affect our campuses.

Perspectives

COGS President: Statement on Recent Anti-Semitic and Anti-Refugee Events on Campus

Friday, February 24, 2017

by Nicholas Goldsmith, Graduate Student Body President

The campus community has been rocked by seemingly non-stop events of targeted, visible hate. These events should not serve to take our time away from efforts to combat systemic oppression, but these events do require us to continue to vocally oppose those who express hate openly. We must both decry actions of clear bias, and work to combat cryptic and implicit acts and systems that perpetuate bias.

Faith, national origin, and ancestry have been particular targets of hate in recent events. People of Jewish faith and descent, people of Muslim faith, refugees, and immigrants have all felt targeted by recent events across our nation and on our campus.

Political attacks on refugees and those from Muslim-majority nations have become acceptable to some, but remains entirely unacceptable to me. Who are we, as a community, if we are not welcoming to new arrivals? What do we have to work for, if not to strive to be a sanctuary? In a recent Council of Graduate Students’ General Assembly meeting, multiple students disclosed that they were from a country affected by a recent executive order banning travel and refugees from seven nations. Though it is currently restrained by the courts, this action serves to further the anti-immigrant furor. The fear, confusion, and lack of welcome these students feel should be a call to action for our community. Furthermore, the repeated incidents of bias this year must serve as a reminder that we have to do something on our own campus.

Events

Teach-in!! Teaching During the Era of “Alternative Facts”

Friday, February 24, 2017

March 3, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Scott Hall, Room 4

Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Aren Aizura, Dept. of GWSS
  • Dr. David Chang, Dept. of History
  • Dr. Ruth DeFoster, Communications Studies, St. Catherine’s University
  • Dr. Michelle Garvey Institute on the Environment, Educator Fellow
  • Dr. Annie Hill, Dept. of GWSS
  • Dr. Karen Ho, Dept. of Anthropology
  • Dr. Sima Shakhsari, Dept. of GWSS

Hosted by the GWSS Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RIGS) Initiative.

For accommodations or access information, please contact Angela at carte489@umn.edu.

Events

Big Question: How can college campuses fight sexual violence effectively?

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6, 3-4:30 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

Sexual violence on college campuses is not new — but there is a greater awareness of its prevalence and its effects. A recent study by the Association of American Universities found that one in four undergraduate women had experienced unwanted sexual contact during her college years, and a growing number of institutions are strategizing about how to respond to the problem. 

What’s not clear is the best approach to end sexual violence on campus. Join us as we discuss how to create an environment where all students can receive an education free from fear.

For more information and to register.

News and Information

Report: UMN's bias response team poses little concern for free speech

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s bias response team stands out for its free speech and academic protections, a survey of over 200 similar teams across the country found...

...Including strong free speech protections in the team’s procedures was an easy decision, said Tina Marisam, University Title IX coordinator, Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action director and BRRN member. She said the most effective response to a bias incident is often open conversation about its harmful effects.

“Working to end bias, in our view, requires free speech and creating more opportunities for free speech,” Marisam said.

See the full MN Daily story.

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Women’s Center awards, grants, and scholarships

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Women’s Center invites nominations for its multiple awards, grants, and scholarships, which honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University faculty, staff, and students. Due dates range from Apr. 14 for awards to June 2 for gender equity grants and student scholarships. For more information and to apply.

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