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IDEA Multicultural Research Awards - Call for Proposals

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Call for proposals: The Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) seeks to build community and a network among equity and diversity scholars and researchers on campus. In order to connect faculty with others who share their interests, IDEA invites proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty for research that addresses issues related to its mission: 
"to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues." Submission deadline is Friday, Jan 22, 2016, 5 pm. More information and application materials are available on the IDEA website.


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.
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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.

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