“I always knew there was a problem of oppression and white supremacy that plagued black communities, but it was through my undergraduate experience as an African American & African studies major that I was able to really think about and shape long term solutions.”
DeSean Smedley is one of the many great thinkers and activists who found their sense of self through the skills and experiences gained from majoring in African American & African studies (AA&AS). A native of Oakland, California, Smedley came to the University of Minnesota with a plethora of life experiences that shaped the way he understood the reality of black life in America. He decided to major in AA&AS because he was able to validate his experiences through the wealth of black intellectual thought introduced to him by his coursework and close relationships with professors.
The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries has been named inaugural recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT). The award was established to honor a library, librarian, library staff member, library board and/or library friends groups who serve the GLBT community. Nominees are judged based on innovation, impact, sustainability and advocacy. Read the full story.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) news host Tom Weber met with three student leaders at the University of Minnesota to discuss life on campus, increased student activism and their hopes for 2016. The students are Javaris Bradford, president of the Black Student Union; Ken Gonzalez, an organizer with APIs for Equity and Diversity; and Abeer Syedah, vice president of the Minnesota Student Association. Read the MPR story and listen to the audio here.