Myron Orfield, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who studies racial profiling, found that black people driving through the white suburbs of St. Paul are seven times more likely to be pulled over than white people and twice as likely to be arrested. In St. Anthony, where Castile was pulled over and killed, nearly half of all arrests are of black people, even though they make up only 7 percent of the local police jurisdiction.
It's not just a Minnesota problem. Nationally, a new study by the Center for Public Equity reports, black people are twice as likely to be pulled over as whites – and three times more likely to experience the use of force afterward.
Established by the Office for Equity and Diversity, the University of Minnesota’s Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service and outreach by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives.
Body shaming is a growing epidemic, rising to a fevered pitch in recent years alongside social media. Photos and advertisements of perfectly shaped and airbrushed bodies plaster the cities we live in, setting an unrealistic stigma for perfection. Even social media can play a role as people choose to share the best shots online, utilizing filters and editing apps to touch up their “reality.”
By Na'im Madyun
Although not often enough, I am reminded that being hopeful is a good thing. It allows me to clarify purpose and endure moments of being lost. Two weeks ago, in the wake of the tragic shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, I found myself unsure of my purpose as a parent and lost at how to best address these events.
I was taking my family on a trip to Toledo, Ohio. On the drive, we saw from a distance a vehicle stopped by the police. Inside the vehicle was an African American male. It felt as though all highway traffic slowed in unison with an uncertain, eerie anticipation. As we drove past, my family began to make jokes that were not all funny.
I immediately felt saddened as it became clear that my kids will grow up and have an overwhelming discomfort with the police. I leaned over to my spouse and said, “We need to go to a police station.” And we did; the DeForest, Wisconsin Police Department, where I asked the officers on duty if they could take the time to speak with my children and answer their questions.
Na'im Madyun is the Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Diversity, and Outreach, College of Education and Human Development
Effective mentoring is one of the most critical components of a successful academic career. The University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research has organized a mentoring program, Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (HELM), that is designed to enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the University of Minnesota and ultimately reduce health inequities.