Endangered Data, Data Ethics, and ‘Vulnerable’ Populations

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February 21, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

We live in a world where both an overabundance and a paucity of data coexist, and members of vulnerable populations (such as undocumented immigrants, prisoners, and transgender folks) can be at risk from either end of this spectrum. Too much data can dangerously reveal someone’s status or identity, and an absence of data can undercut the creation of infrastructure required to support a group’s needs.

In this panel, scholars from across the university campus consider these questions from diverse perspectives.

News and Information

A place to pump: U group advocates for lactation support

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Take a right off University onto Pleasant Street, and you enter a part of campus moms call a “lactation desert.”

There was no plan to accommodate nursing mothers when those buildings were constructed. There still isn’t.

After facilitating lactation services for nearly a decade, the volunteer-run Lactation Advocacy Committee is shepherding a resolution urging University of Minnesota administration to create a comprehensive lactation support policy. 


Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History issues final report

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History was convened in fall 2018 to review the four Twin Cities campus buildings mentioned in the exhibit, A Campus Divided, and the MSA Resolution to Rename Coffman Union (pdf), and recommend actions to the administration.


Additional multi-use facilities now available for foot washing

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In Spring 2018, the University opened three multi-use facilities on the Twin Cities campus that could be used for foot washing after a planning group came together to discuss how to address the lack of facilities for the many University students and employees who have cultural or other needs to wash their feet several times in the course of the day.

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Apply to become a transfer student leader!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Applications to become a 2019 Transfer Student Leader (TSL) are now available! TSLs support the transition of hundreds of transfer students to the University while earning $10.50 per hour. Required training sessions are completed throughout the spring and TSLs work at each of the summer transfer orientation sessions.

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Apply to become a Welcome Week leader

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Applications to become a 2019 Welcome Week Leader (WWL) are now open! Give back to the University of Minnesota, develop valuable leadership skills, gain 100+ volunteer hours, and help create a seamless transition for the Class of 2023.

More information about the WWL position and application can be found at The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 13. Email with any questions!


You Are Seen: Creating Therapeutic Spaces for LGBTQIA+ and Students of Color

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Group Therapy can be a powerful therapeutic intervention to help people manage personal challenges and mental health concerns. An important goal of group therapy is to move out of isolation and connect with other people. 

To feel less alone, it is important LGBTQIA+ and students of color can participate in a group with others who share their identity. On campus and in society at large, students outside majority groups are marginalized, and often feel they must maintain a certain image or act differently to counter stereotypes.

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First Generation Institute Micro-Grant Application

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The First Generation Institute microgrants are an opportunity for members of the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding to support and advocate for the success and persistence of first-generation students. In our inaugural year, the Institute aims to provide funding and resources to encourage individuals or groups (i.e. departments, collegiate units, student groups, etc.) to work collaboratively on projects to enhance the campus climate for first-generation students. Microgrant awards will be between $500-1500.  

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