Defective, Deficient, Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wed, Feb 24, 7pm, Hanson Hall, Room 1-102

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble rousing. He has written a book of essays and a collection of poetry. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice, and is excited to speak at the University of Minnesota about these topics.

News and Information

Former Gopher football player shares courageous coming out story

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Luke McAvoy played offensive line for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2011-14. He majored in English Literature and was named All-Academic Big Ten. He is now a middle school teacher in Milwaukee. Read the incredibly moving and courageous story of his journey to come out to his team in this SB Nation OutSports story.


U must strive for further diversity

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board

Exactly one year ago today, activists demanding accountability for University of Minnesota diversity initiatives occupied Morrill Hall. Protestors called for an end to racial disparities on campus, particularly in regards to funding for the Department of Chicano and Latino studies and in the racial descriptions of suspects in crime reports.

One year later, the University’s efforts to create a more diverse campus climate are still falling short. Read the full editorial.


Culture In-Depth: Chinese Students at the U of M — ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Thurs., Feb. 18, 2-4 pm,University International Center, sponsored byInternational Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Like many other higher education institutions across the U.S., the University of Minnesota has seen a significant increase in the size of our Chinese student population over the last ten years. Approximately half of the international students at the University are from China, and these students bring unique experiences and curiosity to our campus.

During this workshop, a panel of Chinese students will share their personal stories about interactions on campus. From their discussion and other interactive exercises, you will learn about the academic choices Chinese students make and how unique aspects of Chinese culture (such as collectivism, face saving, and shame) impact the student experience. Walking away from this workshop, you will be better able to connect with Chinese students and help bring their talents and perspectives to the forefront in the classroom and student life.

For more information and to register.


Living Our Own Story: An Interview with Moin Syed

Monday, February 8, 2016

by Amelie Hyams

There is an old, familiar saying, “we are the hero of our own story” (Mary McCarthy). But what ifour story was written with someone else in the lead role?

Professor Moin Syed, from the Department of Psychology, knows that the script for our story has already been written for us. He is researching a concept called the Master Narrative, which is particularly powerful in American culture.

Read the full profile on the Office for Equity and Diversity blog.