Across Oceans: A Night of Unity and Empowerment at the Intersection of Race and Religion

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday February 19th 4-6 PM, Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) 3-120

The Muslim Students Association along with the College of Liberal Arts invite you to attend Across Oceans: A Night of Unity and Empowerment at the Intersection of Race and Religion. By highlighting the intersections between the two, our event seeks to unite two very prominent American communities: The African American and the American Muslim communities. In addition to a keynote speech by Khalilah Sabra, the event will also discuss current events that have increased rhetoric against these communities among others along with possible ways to cope with this problematic environment and seek to better it at least on a campus level if not greater.

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Micro-grants available for U of M - Twin Cities campus climate projects

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Micro-grants between $200-$500 are available for faculty, staff, and students working on projects to improve campus climate on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. People with projects in the works or just at the idea stage are invited to apply. The grants can provide seed money for projects or be added to other funding sources. All projects must be sponsored by a registered student group, or University college or department. Funds are limited. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. For more information about the micro-grant opportunity, the types of projects that will be funded, and an application form, send an email to Sponsored by the Campus Climate Engagement Team. 

News and Information

U of M-Twin Cities Receives AANAPISI Designation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has received designation as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) from the United States Department of Education. The AANAPISI program provides opportunities to apply for federal funding and assistance to improve and expand our campus’ capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), and under-resourced students. Read the full story on the OED site.


Rankism is a Campus Climate Issue

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

by Teddie Potter

Nurses are taught to see the world in terms of systems. Of course we learn physical systems like the renal system and cardiopulmonary system, but we quickly expand to family systems and the environment. We know that health is impaired when disease or dysfunction exists in any part of the system. I am a nurse; therefore, I am involved in equity and diversity initiatives across the campus. Improving equity and increasing and honoring diversity are the “remedy” for some of our most threatening system ills.

Just the other day I walked up to the elevator bank and noted a man from facilities standing next to a large box. The elevator doors opened and I stepped into an empty elevator. The man said, “Do you mind if I ride along?” Surprised by the question, I smiled and said, “Of course not!” Once the doors had closed, he proceeded to tell me his story.

 One day I got onto the elevator with another person. I had a drill in one hand and my lunch box in the other. The other person said to me, “You don’t belong here. They have special elevators for people like you!” He shook his head and said, “I’ve now learned to ask permission.”

Bias is frequently related to race, gender, religion, age, or national origin. In institutions and organizations structured around rank, bias related to rank, or rankism, can also occur. Dr. Robert Fuller, author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (2004), is quick to state that rank is not a problem when it is a mark of excellence. The problem arises when rank is thought to give some people permission to treat others with disrespect.