Tuesday, Oct 25, 7-9 pm, Coffman Union Theater. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Engagement.
The 2016-2017 Power & Privilege Series kicks off with environmental and human rights activist, Van Jones. Jones, a Yale educated attorney and former green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama, has led many social justice inititatives to find solutions to issues concerning low-income urban youth. Also as a CNN Special Correspondant he lends his voice and knowledge to the political landscape facing America today.
On Friday a University of Minnesota student group, College Republicans, painted a panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge that not only extolled their support of Donald Trump’s bid for president, but also singled out the young conservatives’ specific backing of perhaps Trump’s most controversial proposal: “Build the Wall.”
Friday, Sept 30 during the annual Paint the Bridge event, the College Republicans, a registered student group, included the words "build the wall" on their panel. This is a well-known campaign slogan from Republican candidate Donald Trump that references his promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. if elected. The message has come to symbolize for many the divisive rhetoric of this campaign season and a hateful anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, Latinx and racist sentiment. Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, set a tone of positivity when in response to the words painted on the panel next to theirs, responded with "build bridges not walls." A rally was held on Saturday, and many news outlets have covered the event and protest including WCCO. KSTP. MN Daily. Western Mass News, and MinnPost. A number of additional new stories and opinion pieces can be found on the Campus Climate in the News page.
Following this weekend's Paint the Bridge events, La Raza Student Cultural Center is hosting a community forum and discussion on Monday, Oct 2, 6:30-8:00 pm, Coffman Memorial Union Suite #211. See the Facebook invitation for more information.
The following statement was sent Saturday afternoon to all Twin Cities faculty, staff and students from President Eric W. Kaler.
Dear Twin Cities campus community,