Big Questions is a series brought to you by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. This series will foster thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens, bringing multiple and diverse perspectives to bear on today's pressing questions. Moderated by MPR News host, Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion centered around the following question:
How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?
In celebration of International Education Week Nov. 14-18, 55 campus community members recorded a video telling international students why they are glad international students are here at the UMN. Their messages can be found in this Flipgrid.
A petition circulating around the University of Minnesota is calling for administrators to declare the school a “sanctuary campus.”
Dozens of similar petitions are dispersing thorugh college campuses nationwide, asking that school leaders protect undocumented students and community members from deportation.
The petition asks University President Eric Kaler and other officials to pledge their support of those who “may be increasingly vulnerable to changes in policies … and the violence targeting immigrants and refugees.”
Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly hire new staff. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, and this includes hiring staff of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines where they are underrepresented. The presence of implicit bias in staff searches can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.
by Profit Idowu, U alumnus and keynote speaker at the OED Equity and Diversity Breakfast
The crosswalk and chance encounter with the police
If you were to approach an intersection and walk over a crosswalk on any street in this campus, many people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities would enter your line of sight.
What thoughts would come to mind upon first glance? Would you be courageous enough to take a moment to look at life through their eyes and experiences? According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience two years ago, at first glance, the brain immediately determines how trustworthy a face is before it’s fully perceived, which supports the fact that we make very fast judgments about people.