New Pipeline Program Leads Broadly Diverse Candidates to Medical School

Monday, June 27, 2016

By Brooks Jackson, Dean of the Medical School/Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Minnesota

Minnesota needs a physician workforce that is as diverse as its population. Plain and simple.

Our role in providing this talent is critical, but it is also complex.

We need to not only attract and admit top candidates from broadly diverse backgrounds, but to retain them through residency and practice as well.

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Gay Minnesota Muslims seek community in Orlando's aftermath

Saturday, June 25, 2016
These two U folks are part of this important story. Read and watch the video.
“It has put our identity at the center of the conversation in this way we never expected,” said Nasreen Mohamed, a Muslim who identifies as queer and gender nonconforming. “It’s almost like people are bewildered that queer Muslims exist.”
"After the shooting, Qais Munhazim felt as if he didn’t have either community to turn to for support. Among the LGBT community, he’s been asked about his religion and nationality. “They look at me like I’m responsible,” he said. He can’t talk about how he feels with his family back in Kabul, because he hasn’t told them about his sexuality. “I feel like I don’t belong to any of them, no matter how much I want to be part of all of these,” he said.

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Fisher v. University of Texas

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas - or Fisher II - its most recent case considering the use of affirmative action in college admission decisions. 

It appears from initial review that the Court has affirmed its 2003 decisions involving the University of Michigan.  Those decisions approved the consideration of race - among other factors - in the individualized, holistic review of applications for admission in order to attain a diverse student body. I have asked the Office of the General Counsel to review today's decision and to work with University administrators to identify whether any changes must be made to ensure continued compliance with the law. Once the review is completed, the Office of the General Counsel will communicate key findings and share information with those whose work may be directly affected by this decision. 

While careful study and review of this most recent decision must occur, the University remains committed to achieving diversity in our classrooms and across our campuses, using many different means and always in compliance with the law. 

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Christopher Uggen named Regents professor

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named Christopher Uggen as a Regents Professor of Sociology and Law. The designation, conferred this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.

“Professor Uggen’s research has had a tangible impact for millions of Americans, including right here in Minnesota,” said University President Eric Kaler. “He exemplifies the qualities of teaching, research and scholarship that this honor requires, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition."

A world renowned criminologist, Uggen is a pioneer in the study of crime and punishment over the life course. He ranks among the nation’s most cited and productive criminologists, with research on topics ranging from discrimination to sexual harassment, and deportation to felon disenfranchisement in the United States: the practice of denying voting rights to persons with criminal records even after they have served their sentences. 

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