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.
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
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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