As you know, I, along with many others in our community, have made campus climate a top priority. We have laid a solid foundation and a lot of good work is underway. But there's still much to do.
Our priorities have focused on engaging the campus community; increasing the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student populations; enhancing competency in what it means to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming climate; and leveraging the Strategic Plan to advance this work. Read the entire email.
Monday, Nov 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Elmer Anderson Library, room 120. Hosted by the Immigration History Resource Center. Please join us for the University of Minnesota screening of the new film ELLIS starring Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and directed by the acclaimed artist JR. Set in the abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex, ELLIS uses the power of art and film to connect the histories of earlier immigrants to contemporary conversations about immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and around the world. The short narrative film will be followed by introductory remarks from Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, and a panel discussion with some of Minnesota's leading experts on immigration: Ben Casper, Director of the Center for New Americans, UMN Law School; Erika Lee, Director of the IHRC, UMN College of Liberal Arts; Michele Garnett McKenzie, Director of Advocacy at The Advocates for Human Rights; and Peter Rachleff, co-founder of the East Side Freedom Library. To RSVP and for more information. Watch the film's trailer.
Fri, Nov 6 Doors: 7:30 PM, Show: 8:00 PM, Coffman Memorial Union, Whole Music Club, Free. Guante, a Minneapolis native, is a nationally-renowned slam poet, underground hip hop artist, educator, and activist. Alongside Guante will be Tish Jones, the Be Heard MN youth poets, and more. This event is all about hip hop and spoken word in times of uprising. It will address potentially uncomfortable topics, so be sure to come with an open and respectful mind. More information from Student Unions and Activities.