by Deane Morrison
There was a time when a discussion of wolves in a wildlife management class would likely have centered on questions like: What limits should wildlife managers set for a wolf population? and When do we open a hunting season to cull them?
Missing would have been mention of how Native American tribes viewed wolves, or even that white Western views of the world aren’t necessarily shared by other cultures. Nor would the students have guessed that their education ran along a cultural fault line, let alone how that could later hamper them if they needed to collaborate with people holding other viewpoints.
But in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), that’s all changing.
The following messages were sent today from Dr. Lamar Hylton, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life to the Black Student Union and from Minerva Muñoz, director Trio Upward Bound to Trio staff in wake of recent shootings in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN:
In responding to the pain of the shootings and killings of Alton Sterling (in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) on Tuesday and of Philando Castile (in Falcon Heights, Minnesota) last night, we want to provide space to connect with others, to share your voices and to have the opportunity to listen.
Join us in Appleby Hall room 41, 12:00-1:00, today, July 7, 2016. We have also reserved rooms 135, 169, and 251 from 12:00 - 2:00 as options for folks interested in meeting in small groups. Please bring your own lunches and beverages.
In addition, MSA President Abeer Syedah has organized a similar gathering in Coffman 202 at 6:00 pm as a healing space. There will be light refreshments/snacks, some healing supplies, and any conversations folks want.
Position title: LGBTQIA Health Access Consultant
Employer: University of Minnesota—Boynton Health
Located in: Minneapolis, MN
Reports to: Boynton’s Health Promotion Specialist
This project is an audit of current Boynton Health practices and infrastructure to assess if Boynton is following best practices for serving the LGBTQIA community. The project was developed as a part of the existing relationship between Boynton Health and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly the GLBTA Programs Office). In order to build capacity for institutional change Boynton must identify areas of opportunity.
I serve as the assistant director for the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (Formally known as The GLBTA Programs Office) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. In my position I am contacted daily by staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members to get answers or take on projects in addition to my job. It can get overwhelming considering that my work in Equity and Diversity can easily spill over into Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times I get work related emails in FB Messenger!
In a world where we are navigating multiple constituents, social media, and a myriad of projects it can all get overwhelming — quickly. I have trained myself to stay engaged by connecting to the things I have and what to do by… wait for it… making a checklist!