Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male, by PhD candidate Zane Thimmesch-Gill (Human Factors and Ergonomics in the College of Design), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender Nonfiction category. In this interview, he describes design’s potential to address trans inequality. Read the post on the College of Design website.


Welcoming ALL Gifts

Monday, March 14, 2016

by Scott Marshall, associate director, Disability Resource Center 

Some of our campuses have policies that say our digital resources must be accessible to people with disabilities. Widespread lack of enforcement of these policies is not only unwelcoming, it might be insulting. At a minimum, it’s oppressive.


Islamophobia or Disposable Muslim Body Syndrome?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

By Nasreen Mohamed

The morning after 9/11, I was driving with a colleague to campus, and on the 10th Avenue Bridge a man stood holding a sign that read “Nuke ‘em.” This was in reaction to the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center Twin Towers. That moment is seared like a scar in my memory, and is re-awakened in my body as a queer Muslim immigrant every time there is an attack or act of violence perpetrated by a “Muslim.” Fifteen years ago, the reaction to these attacks created a collective fervor that defied logic and unleashed indiscriminate violence against Muslims, both within the country and abroad. The thousands of innocent families killed in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result, and the hundreds wrongly imprisoned and deported, have been forgotten. The numbers of dead and the loss of human potential from these acts of violence is devastating and indelible.


Keeping Our Faculty Symposium VII: Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The symposium will be held on April 17-18, 2016 at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis.  Since it began in 1998, this biennial symposium has provided participants the opportunity to “critically and honestly engage on urgent issues confronting faculty diversity.” Previous symposia have drawn scholars, policymakers, faculty, administrators and staff working on advancing diversity in higher education and graduate students planning to pursue careers in academia from institutions across the country.

Join us! Register by March 15 to take advantage of “early” rates. 

Read more about the symposium and other work of the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, here.

Read the post, Sharing a great IDEA, A Conversation with Dr. Michael Goh & Dr. Priscilla Gibsonfor in-depth information about the work.