Where is my Islam? The Identity Crisis of 21st Century Muslims

Thursday, September 10, 2015

cawo abdi

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. 

News and Information

New U Card brings needed change with preferred names

Friday, September 4, 2015

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.


Finding the Courage to Change Campus Climate

Friday, September 4, 2015

Portrait of Katie Eichele

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.