Gender Diversity & Our University

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 6-8 pm, Mayo Auditorium. Dinner Included.

Join us for an event about gender identity and the University of Minnesota through a workshop, discussion panel, and social hour in the Mayo Auditorium. Panelists include a diverse group of university faculty, professors, current students, and other stakeholders of the university.  Email James Schwartz at for disability and access requests, or if you have any dietary needs or concerns. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office and SAGA (your Sexuality and Gender Ambassadors!)


Sexuality, Culture and Identity for International Students Panel

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tues, April 19, 5-7 pm, 130 Murphy Hall. What does it mean to be an international GLBTQIA student in America? University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges in America in 2015. We have the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Programs Office that dedicates to supporting GLBTQIA community. We have the Queer Student Cultural Center with a prolonged history. We have numerous resources and services for GLBTQIA students on and off campus. However, there is little information about international GLBTQIA students, not only at our U, but in the whole USA.

The panelists include two international GLBTQ-identified students, an international student staff from GLBTA Programs Office, and a professional staff from International Student & Scholar Services, sharing their experiences and personal thoughts about sexuality and culture for international students.

See more information on the Facebook event page.



Mental Health Awareness Day 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Active Minds is hosting the 2016 Mental Health Awareness Day on Monday, April 25th from 10am to 2pm in Coffman Great Hall. Stop in to check out the mental health resources on campus, pet some PAWS therapy animals, visit with student groups that care about mental health, and grab some free cookies! 

The event will feature an empty chair display to represent the 1,100 college students lost to suicide every year in the US. There will be an opportunity to post notes of remembrance and encouragement on the chairs and to fill out a "I Stand Up to Mental Health Stigma Because..." sign for our de-stigmatizing campaign. 

For more information visit the Facebook event page.


A Campus Climate Movement

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On April 11, over 60 people from across the Twin Cities campus gathered at a “Campus Climate Convergence” event. The half-day event was spent “making the network of change makers visible” by learning more about who is engaged in working on campus climate issues, and what efforts are underway. Together we created a map of our work. We also had important discussions. During the event, Nai’m Madyun, Campus Climate Engagement Team member and one of the event planners, listened deeply for meaningful statements that sparked deeper dialogue, and then riffed around those phrases to create this poem, which honors and reflects back the voices that were in the room. 

A Campus Climate Movement

By Na’im Madyun

We accepted and rejected, both deflected and projected as we mapped out and reflected at a campus climate convergence.

Our spirits DO feel those permissible bullets that are invisible both to many privileged and to many marginalized eyes