By Dr. Cawo (Awa) Abdi, associate professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
We as sociologists are part of the society that we study. We use our ‘sociological imagination’ to delve deeper into multifaceted topics. In my own work, I attempt to counter the caricature of Muslims (radical versus moderate, or 'bad Muslim good Muslim') in our post-9/11 debates.
The class of 2019 will be the first incoming class to have the option of using a preferred name on their U Card, the U of M’s primary identification card (as will faculty and staff). The change comes with the understanding that a person’s gender identity need not be tied to their legal birth name. The shift was made after a combination of the work of the U’s Transgender Commission, the GLBTA program office, the Ucard office and the Office of Information Technology.
In early July, Matt Clark was named the new chief of police with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). Clark most recently served as the assistant chief of police with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).
By Katie Eichele, director, The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
When sexual violence assaults our lives, The Aurora Center is called on for help. So, when I saw that (now former) Athletic Director Norwood Teague was resigning his position for sexually harassing two employees, I was surprised. Surprise soon turned to disappointment. What a betrayal to our students and the U community. At the same time, I admired the courage it took for the two employees to come forward.
By Na’im Madyun, Associate Dean of Undergraduate, Diversity & Equity College of Education & Human Development
I always enjoyed that day in school when one of my kids began to first learn about patterns. Their pattern was always the same.