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New survey data informs University of Minnesota’s longstanding commitment to addressing sexual assault and misconduct

Monday, September 21, 2015

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) was one of 27 universities to partner with the Association of American Universities (AAU) for the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. Released today in aggregate form, the survey is the largest and most comprehensive examination to date of sexual assault and sexual misconduct on campuses across the country, and is designed to provide participating universities with detailed information needed to better understand the experiences and attitudes of students with respect to these serious issues.


2015 Konopka Lecture: Equity and Opportunity in Health and Education

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health and the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center invite you to the 2015 Konopka Lecture.

This year's event will feature a Community Showcase and a diverse program of speakers offering thought-provoking perspectives on equity and opportunity in health.

For more information and to register.

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U Twin Cities campus receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

Thursday, September 17, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

This is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Read the news release.


Campus Climate Design Labs @ CMU

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Are you a faculty, staff or student on the Twin Cities campus looking for inspiration to start a campus climate project? Do you want to explore your project with other people who care about campus climate? Are you seeking fresh insights that could help you kick-start implementation of your idea? Or do you simply enjoy listening to other people's ideas with an open invitation to share your story, knowledge, insights, and opinions?

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Globetrotting Across Campus at the Small World Coffee Hour

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In the span of a couple of hours, University of Minnesota students can sightsee around a foreign country—experience its food, art, politics, and culture—without ever leaving campus.

Founded more than 20 years ago, the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) hosts bimonthly events and commonly draws a couple hundred students. Its goal, says SWCH coordinator Yaeeun Shin, is to spark meaningful discussions, and hopefully new friendships, between international and U.S. students.

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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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. 

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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.