A view from the inside: Senate Committee on Student Affairs

Thursday, May 12, 2016

by Peter Haeg The Senate Committee on Student Affairs charge asks that it be "concerned with all issues dealing with the welfare of students at the University of Minnesota." Given my role as chair of the committee, it felt important to ask the following fundamental questions to assure that all students were included in the committee's work: Who feels welcome on campus? Who gets admitted, and who gets to graduate? Does the diversity we have on campus contribute to students' education? What are our goals with regard to diversity and inclusion? How do we know if we are making progress?

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Small World Coffee Hour needs cohosts for Fall 2016!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Small World Coffee Hour is seeking cohosts for their Fall 2016 events! We are looking for student groups who are passionate about promoting their culture around campus! At Small World Coffee Hour, we want to provide students with authentic intercultural experiences that prepare them for a globalized world. For Fall 2016, our events will be centered around themes that will provide a more enriching and insightful experience for our attendees!

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2016 Men of Color Think Tank Yields Great Insights

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The 2016 Men of Color Think Tank took place April 21-22, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. At this special event, the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity brought faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota and other surrounding institutions together with thought leaders from community organizations to break down the myths surrounding men of color and education. The event featured a keynote by UMN alumnus, Dr. Samuel Museus of Indiana University-Bloomington, Director of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project, and national expert on understanding the racial, cultural, structural factors that affect the experiences and outcomes of diverse populations in higher education. Attendees also had the opportunity to call topics for conversation in response to the question “What ideas, questions and possibilities do I want to explore about current challenges facing Men of Color?” using a process known as Open Space Technology. 

To learn more...

Download the Summary Document that includes a collection of discussion reports

View the highlight video


The urgency of campus climate reform

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

By Ann Freeman

It’s probably fair to say that most faculty, staff and students have few - if any - concerns with our current campus climate. This institution was designed for individuals with backgrounds just like them.

But for those who courageously come to the U from underrepresented populations, our campus can sometimes be an isolating, hurtful, and harmful place, rife with stereotypes, ignorance, microaggressions, bias, discrimination, and structural and systemic barriers to success.

This means change can’t come fast enough if we truly wish to become a place that is welcoming and respectful to all, and that provides everyone with the best environment in which to succeed.