The following message was sent by Vice Presidents Pamela Wheelock and Katrice Albert to faculty, staff and students across the Twin Cities campus:
Minneapolis Police are now investigating the shooting that prompted Wednesday's Neighborhood Safety Notice as a possible bias motivated crime. The shooting wounded two young Muslim men early Wednesday morning off campus, near 14th Avenue and 6th Street SE. In the attack, an assailant allegedly made disparaging remarks about Muslims before opening fire on five men wearing Islamic attire.
Following a nearly $300,000 boost in mental health services, Boynton Health Service is aiming to significantly cut down — if not eliminate — its wait times for mental health counseling.
To help address the growing demand for mental health services at the University, the investment is enough to staff six-and-a-half full-time-equivalent counselors at Boynton. Boynton plans to hire the equivalent of four full-time counselors, and Student Counseling Services will hire the equivalent of two-and-a-half counselors, according to officials from each center.
The U is starting to make collections like the Givens Collection of African-American Literature accessible online. It has launched an ambitious project, called Umbra Search, to make it easy to search not only its own collection, but hundreds of African-American archives across the country. All at once. Read the Star Tribune story.
On June 27, Kris Kiesling, representing the U's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies accepted the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community at the Amercian Library Association annual conference. More information about this prestigious award can be found in this story from the U Libraries.
Cynthia Zwicky, professor in the elementary education program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, presented an Advanced Circle Keeper’s Training as part of the annual Restorative Practices in Schools trainings, June 20-24. The trainings are a collaboration between the Legal Rights Center and the Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center.
A restorative school is centered on relationships, building community and repairing harm. Multiple practices provide multi-tiered levels of support for students, staff and family. The Advanced Circle Keeper training is designed for people who already practice restorative justice, typically in a school setting. ”I have found the practice to be a key component of interrupting the school to prison pipeline and in reducing racial disproportionality in suspension,” says Zwicky.