A Failing Grade? Addressing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps in Public Education

Friday, January 29, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Elmer Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120). The achievement gap is the statistically significant difference between white students and students of color in terms of test scores, grade point averages, graduation rates, college attendance, and other metrics.  Embarrassingly, the US Department of Education describes Minnesota’s achievement gap as one of the widest in the country. Join this discussion to examine contributing causes such as food insecurity, inadequate family support, dearth of economic resources, as well as remnants of systemic racism in public school classrooms. Engage in a conversation about current and proposed solutions based on academic/community partnerships,  support for better teacher training and diversification, family support programs and other attempts to close what may better be described as an opportunity and resource gap rather than simply an achievement gap.
News and Information

UMN cautions against rising anti-Muslim rhetoric

Friday, December 18, 2015

When Bessma Dabaan headed off to the University of Minnesota this year, her mother warned her to wear a hood when she went out at night. That way, she said, her hijab would be harder to see. Later, in one of her classes, the Muslim 18-year-old said, a fellow freshman insisted on repeatedly showing her photos of armed U.S. soldiers. Her reaction? Intimidation. This, Dabaan fears, is the new normal for Muslims in America. Read the rest of the Pioneer Press story


Moving toward second-class citizenship with Congress' visa-waiver legislation

Friday, December 18, 2015

By Roozbeh Shirazi

It is possible that second-class citizenship for my loved ones and me will be the very last thing that Congress votes on in 2015. On Dec. 8, with support from the Obama administration, the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” was overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives. The Senate version now awaits a vote. Read the MinnPost community voices op-ed.

Roozbeh Shirazi is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Note: "Perspectives" stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota. 


Solidarity with Muslims in our community

Thursday, December 17, 2015

by President Eric W. Kaler

Recent public statements and harmful acts directed toward Muslims across the country are deeply disturbing. To see one group explicitly targeted by divisive rhetoric reminds us that we must purposefully and repeatedly assert the value of diversity and respectful exchange of ideas on our campus. 

The University of Minnesota relies on the integrity of all of its students, staff, and faculty members to create a truly exceptional teaching and learning environment.

Read the full message here.