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Food and resource drive to support local LGBTQIA organizations in honor of Orlando victims

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In honor of the victims of the Orlando tragedy, the U will be collecting resource and food items for local LGBTQIA organizations starting Thursday, June 16 until 5pm on Friday, June 24th, the weekend of the Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade.

Please donate non-perishable food (including gluten-free nut-free, and vegan options). Popular items include protein, snack items, and items that make a whole meal. Please also donate resource items such as toiletries (full size, not travel size) such as body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, and underwear. 

The following campus office locations will be taking donations:

  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life - Appleby Hall, Room 40
  • Office for Equity and Diversity and U Relations - Morrill Hall Lobby
  • Office for Student Affairs - Appleby Hall, Room 109
  • Coffman Union - by the Information Desk
  • Bio-medical Library - Diehl Hall
  • Office of Human Resources - Reception Desk, 100 Donhowe
  • OHR, West Bank Office Building (WBOB) - Reception Desk, 5th floor
  • Nursing Student and Career Advancement Services Office - 2-139 Weaver-Densford Hall
  • Disability Resource Center - 180 McNamara Alumni Center
  • Office of the General Counsel - 360 McNamara Alumni Center
  • Gender, Women &Sexuality Studies (GWSS) - 425 Ford Hall
  • CFANS, Office for Diversity and Inclusion - 190 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus
  • St. Paul Student Center - by the Information Desk, St. Paul Campus
  • University Student Legal Service -160 West Bank Skyway, West Bank Campus
  • Andersen Library Lobby, West Bank Campus
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Suite 130, West Bank Campus


Donations will go to the following organizations for distribution:

Any excess donations will be further distributed to other local LGBTQIA organizations

If you have any questions, contact 

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U Responds to Orlando Tragedy

Monday, June 13, 2016

The following message was sent by President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Katrice A. Albert to faculty, staff and students across the University system:

Dear friends and colleagues,

This weekend, a tragic act of senseless violence took place at a nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49 victims and injuring more than 50. Our thoughts go out to the families and communities most impacted by these events, and we support Orlando in this time of mourning.

This is an especially painful occurrence, as it took place during the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride month and during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. We are saddened by this extreme violence targeted towards LGBT communities, as well as the terrible Islamophobic responses emerging in the wake of this tragedy.

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Gathering at noon today in solidarity with Orlando

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dear Community Members,

On behalf of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly GLBTA Programs Office), our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Our office will be holding a gathering of community to mourn and stand in solidarity today, June 13th, from noon-2pm in Appleby 40 and 41. Please join us. 

We are horrified by this extreme violence, and all forms of violence targeted towards LGBTQIA communities and other marginalized identities. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends, loved ones, and families of the victims. Violence towards LGBTQIA people has been prevalent throughout history and continues to threaten our health, wellbeing, and ability to thrive. As we navigate these days ahead, seeking healing and resolve, please take care. Take care of yourself, your neighbors, friends, family, whomever you encounter. Our communities have a rich and powerful history of resilience that is seen our everyday in our lived experiences. As we move forward, our sole assertion will be to continue to heal.

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Summit to prevent campus sexual assault kicks off in St. Paul

Thursday, June 9, 2016

When a sexual assault happens on a college campus, the victim's report can trigger simultaneous investigations: One by the institution and another by police.

Federal law requires schools to investigate, but gives little guidance beyond that. And college administrators have trouble working the highly emotional process in with their regular duties, leaving some victims frustrated.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault kicks off a two-day summit at Metro State University in St. Paul — the first of its kind in the state — to help schools understand new and existing laws, update policies and improve prevention efforts.

The U is mentioned and Kim Hewitt, Title IX coordinator, is quoted.

Read or listen to the MPR story.

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Minneapolis strengthens transgender equity efforts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Officials have taken steps to cement transgender representation in Minneapolis by formalizing a commission that provides input on city matters — like gender-neutral bathrooms.

Late last month, City Council members voted to solidify the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group as a city commission. The group includes representatives from multiple city departments and a local LGBTQ rights organization, OutFront Minnesota.

Andrea Jenkins, University of Minnesota Transgender Oral History Project, is quoted.

Read the Minnesota Daily Story. Photo credit: Minnesota Daily