The 19th Annual Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award Winner: Nasreen Mohamed

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reading only the four recommendation letters nominating Nasreen Mohamed for the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award Award, it is easy to see how Mohamed’s passion for promoting inclusivity manifests itself into his daily work and relationships.

“Nasreen has been an amazing mentor to myself and others. Social justice and human rights are ingrained in his professional ethos,” one colleague writes.

“Nasreen takes risks, becomes vulnerable, and goes over and above in order to be a changemaker,” writes another.

According to his recommenders, Mohamed was a natural choice for the award, which was established in recognition of former University of Minnesota Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the first African American Board of Regents member, Dr. Josie R. Johnson.

Read the full profile on the International Student and Scholar Services website.  

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Seeking Graduate Students for GLBTQIA Brown Bag Presentations

Friday, December 2, 2016

Looking to practice that upcoming conference presentation or work through a new idea? The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is looking for graduate students to give short presentations on their research on gender and sexuality studies and queer and trans issues for Spring 2017.

Interested in presenting? Email Lars Mackenzie at for more information.

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Support the GSC Queer and Trans Food and Clothing Drive

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is partering with the Exchange's Queer Community Food Shelf for a drive to provide food and winter clothing to those is need.

Please donate non-perishable food items (including gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options). Popular items include proteins, snack items, fruit and items that can make a whole meal. For the first time, we are also asking for clothing donations. Gently-used clothing items for all genders would be greatly appreciated. (Items include: hats, coats, boots, scarves, thermals and mittens)


Accessibility Matters: It's The New Standard

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How organizations and teams can successfully improve content accessibility:

  • Leadership: it often takes commitment on the part of an organization's leadership to improve content accessibility. Fortunately, at the University our leaders have demonstrated such a commitment.
  • Awareness: most accessibility errors are simply due to ignorance rather than apathy, which is why we're sharing information and resources with you, but with awareness comes the responsibility to act.
  • Policy and Procedure: if we don't back up good ideas and intentions with concrete actions, then we will likely fail to produce meaningful change. Creating accessibility policies that establish clear standards is a great first step, but to hold ourselves accountable accessibility must be "baked into" our the processes we use everyday.
  • Training: it doesn't take long to learn what it takes to make your content accessible but like any good habit it does take practice. And there are more emails coming in this series!

Most importantly, accessibility isn't a destination that we "arrive" at, it's something we must continually practice as part of our work.

The Disability Resource Center and OIT Technology Help can help with any questions.

Adapted from the "Accessibility at the U" Nov. 30 email.

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Kaler vows support for undocumented students

Thursday, December 1, 2016

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler affirmed support for undocumented citizens Wednesday in a response to a petition calling for the school to be made a sanctuary campus that circulated last week.

The petition, signed by more than 1,500 University students, staff and faculty, is part of a national movement calling for university administrators to protect undocumented students.


Transgender project posts 13 videos

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

By Andrea Jenkins, Project Lead

As we recognize Transgender Awareness Month, there is much to celebrate in terms of awareness for the transgender community; however, there are also urgent issues that must be addressed that directly affect transgender lives.

We here at the Tretter Collection have recently posted the first videos from the Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project.

Read the story and see the videos on the Libraries' Continuum site.

Read the in-depth MinnPost story about this project.

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Wear a "No Hate" button with U of M pride!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Due to their popularity, additonal "No Hate" buttons have been ordered and are available for pick-up at 3 Morrill Hall. Feel free to take one for yourself or a 100 or so for your department or student group, while supplies last. 

When wearing this button, consider these things we each can do to create a welcoming, safe and respectful campus for all.

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University of Minnesota's freshman class features upswell in diversity

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More students of color and applicants from outside the Upper Midwest helped shape the University of Minnesota’s class of 2020 — the biggest since 1970, according to recently-released freshmen data.

The class of 5,880 students — which is more diverse than recent years — is part of the University’s effort to increase enrollment in select colleges, said Dean of Undergraduate Education Bob McMaster.

Read the Minnesota Daily story.


What Does Decolonization Mean for Research?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 3-4:30 pm, 325 Education Sciences Building, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Michigan State University (MSU) Associate Professor Kyle Powys Whyte will lead the next forum of the  Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement Roundtable, focusing on decolonization and research. The Timnick Chair in the Humanities at MSU, Whyte is an associate professor of philosophy and community sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy and Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science and Policy programs. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. 

Co-sponsored by the University's Department of American Indian Studies and the Office for Public Engagement, this year's roundtable series focuses on decolonization and community-engaged scholarship, and will address the role universities play in reproducing patterns of colonization, how community engagement can help transform these patterns, and how decolonization can be a lens for academic work.

RSVP by Friday, December 2

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