An activist and a scholar

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate Tribe, U of M senior Raven Ziegler’s Lakota Sioux identity, language abilities, and cultural fluency have allowed her to connect with the next generation of Native American youth.

Through her work with the American Indian Student Cultural Center, Ziegler has worked with Native focused Migizi Communications and local Native communities to connect underrepresented high school students to University resources.

Read the full story.

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First stories from Transgender Oral History Project published; aim to archive marginalized voices

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A few years ago, University of Minnesota librarian Lisa Vecoli noticed that her collection lacked stories from transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

“We have much more content about cis-gendered gay, white men than we have … about lesbians, people of color, the transgender community and the bi, pan, fluid, omni-plus communities,” said Vecoli, curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender studies.

She designed the Transgender Oral History Project. Led by poet, activist and University assistant librarian, Andrea Jenkins, the project launched in 2015 and documents the personal stories of gender-nonconforming and transgender individuals in the Midwest.

The first set of interviews has now been published and nearly 200 more will be available by the end of next year.

Read the full Minnesota Daily story.


Our values: a welcome back message to the Twin Cities campus community

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

by President Eric W. Kaler

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus!

First, I want to thank all of you. To our students, who challenge, educate and remind us that we must care for each other in all that we do - you inspire us. To our faculty, for the knowledge, mentorship, and passion you share with our students and contribute to the state of Minnesota. And to our staff, who ensure our campus is productive and safe, and a great place to live, work, and visit. You are an important part of what makes us special. 

As 2017 begins, it is my hope that as a community, we will rededicate ourselves to our University's core values. Those values include our commitment to a safe, respectful, and welcoming campus for all, openness to a diversity of ideas and discussion, a curiosity toward understanding our many differences, and a rejection of hurtful and hateful words. We must remain a place where opposing viewpoints can be aired freely and debated vigorously.

Read the full message here, which was sent to students, faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus.


How will you make the world better?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RSVP encouraged:

Event schedule: 
Drop by anytime between 12:00-1:30 pm for the resource fair and connect with different organizations to learn about ways to get involved, take action, and find community.

Spoken word performance by Fatima Camara and Guante from ~12:30-12:50 pm. 

Feminist hats and sweatshirts group photo at ~1:00 pm. 

Door prize drawing - feminist hats (must be present to win) at ~1:15 pm.

There will also be a photo booth and zine-folding station that attendees can check out anytime between 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 

Organizations at the resource fair will include (list will continually be updated with additional organizations):


Upholding an academic legacy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A set of precious books sits in the office of Associate Professor J. B. Mayo., Jr. Two are red leather-bound social studies textbooks from the early 1950s. Another is a fragile, brown logic textbook, dated 1891. The books belonged to Mayo’s great-grandfather—Charles Franklin Simpson—the son of a slave: “Alfred X,” says Mayo.

“We never knew his last name.”

Today, Mayo is an educator from a lineage spanning four generations—beginning with his great-grandfather. His role now is to prepare those who will teach the next generation.

Mayo, a faculty member in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, also pursues a full line of research, including how to bring LGBTQ histories into public school curriculums.

Read the full story here.


Umbra Search African American History makes Black History freely available

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The University of Minnesota Libraries, in partnership with the Penumbra Theatre Company, is launching Umbra Search African American History, a free and openly available online search tool at that facilitates broad access to over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African American history from more than 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions across the United States.

“Now out of its beta and testing phase, Umbra Search builds a national corpus of African American works,” said director Cecily Marcus. “No library is able to digitize all of its holdings, but by bringing together materials from all over the country, Umbra Search allows students and scholars to tell stories that have never been told before. Umbra Search partners have amazing collections, and now those materials can sit side by side with related content from a library on the other side of the country.”

Read the full story here.


Micro-grants program enters second year

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On December 19, the Campus Climate Engagement Team (CCET) awarded $14,970 to 18 projects that will enhance the atmosphere of respect, welcoming and belonging on the Twin Cities campus.

Called micro-grants, these awards aim to warm the emotional climate by lighting small fires all around campus. They support both new and existing projects that can, for a small investment, reap large dividends for the people—including, in some cases, children—who visit here or already call the campus their academic home.

This year’s theme is Building Bridges. It encouraged joint applications by two or more groups (e.g., departments, collegiate units, and student groups) that proposed working collaboratively.

Awards ranged from $500 to $1000. A CCET project, the micro-grants are funded by Office of President Eric. W. Kaler.

The awards will go toward support of these projects:

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Accessibility Matters: It's the right (and smart!) thing to do

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Estimates vary, but most studies find that about 20% of the US population has some kind of disability. While it's true that not all disabilities present major obstacles to using the web, ignoring even 10% of your audience means you're excluding a significant number of people. Disabilities fall into a handful of major categories:

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