Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture Workshop

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fee Waived for "Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture"
Part of the ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series for U faculty and staff.

Understanding your own culture and beliefs is an essential step for building intercultural competency and learning how to effectively work with international students. ISSS's Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture workshop will help you do that.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 23, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location: Heller Hall, Room 1210
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Beyond Black and Blue: Race and Policing in America

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health is hosting an informal discussion about race and policing in America and the Twin Cities on Thursday, July 14; 1:30-2:30 in Room 362 of the West Bank Office Building (1300 S 2nd St, Suite 300). All are welcome to attend to listen and learn, ask questions, share your experiences with all that has been happening, and discuss your thoughts about how we can work to improve our situation from a public health perspective. Light refreshments will be served.

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2016 Men of Color Think Tank Yields Great Insights

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The 2016 Men of Color Think Tank took place April 21-22, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. At this special event, the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity brought faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota and other surrounding institutions together with thought leaders from community organizations to break down the myths surrounding men of color and education. The event featured a keynote by UMN alumnus, Dr. Samuel Museus of Indiana University-Bloomington, Director of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project, and national expert on understanding the racial, cultural, structural factors that affect the experiences and outcomes of diverse populations in higher education. Attendees also had the opportunity to call topics for conversation in response to the question “What ideas, questions and possibilities do I want to explore about current challenges facing Men of Color?” using a process known as Open Space Technology. 

To learn more...

Download the Summary Document that includes a collection of discussion reports

View the highlight video


Campus Climate Convergence: Making the network of change makers visible

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 11, 2016, the first ever Campus Climate Convergence: Making the Network of Changemakers Visible occurred. Over 75 members of the Twin Cities campus community attended. During a powerful and productive morning, Convergence attendees met new people engaged in campus climate work and together mapped work being done around campus at all levels. They learned that while there is much going on, there is so much more to do. The event was a collaborative effort between the Campus Climate Engagement Team, the Coalition for a Respectful U, and the Diversity Community of Practice. See the following resources created and shared with event attendees, for more information:


Page, Stage, Engage: Intersections of Spoken Word Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Social Justice Education

Monday, April 11, 2016

Banner: Page, Stage, Engage: Intersections of Spoken Word Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Social Justice Education

Join Kyle Guante Tran Myhre on April 11th for the final presentation of his research and reflection for the U of MN's Master of Liberal Studies Program. The performance, "Page, Stage, Engage: Intersections of Spoken Word Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Social Justice Education," will both explore and demonstrate how spoken word (in the form of live performances and online video) can be used to make social justice education programs-- particularly first-year orientation and welcome week programs-- more engaging, more critical, and ultimately, more effective. See for more.


Cluster Hire Announcement for the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative

Friday, April 1, 2016

RIGS and the College of Liberal Arts are delighted to announce that we will have four new colleagues join us in Fall 2016 as part of the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to the faculty, students, and staff who worked with us on the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. We are excited that all of our efforts have resulted in the hiring of this group of scholars, who will spark new research, courses, creative work, and community engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the University.


CORE 2025

Friday, April 1, 2016

CORE 2025 or C2025 is an early outreach, high-touch cohort pipeline program with the objective of building a larger pipeline of academically prepared, college-ready multicultural students. As the state’s land grant research university, we believe the University of Minnesota has a responsibility to educate andprepare the state’s future thought leaders in business and industry, across multiple fields. In order to meet Minnesota’s future workforce needs, we must ensure that U of M graduates represent the growing diversity of the population of our state.

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Jamar Clark Decision

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Yesterday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that charges will not be filed against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark. Many members of our campus community are engaged in the local dialogue around Jamar Clark’s death and the larger national dialogue around issues of race and policing. Many members of our campus community have been emotionally impacted by yesterday’s announcement. These are times when we as a campus community can create spaces for dialogue and engagement.


Just Another Day - A student film about Anti Blackness in the Muslim community

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This student film explores "anti-blackness" in the Muslim community. The film makers made this video specifically to highlight the anti blackness within the Muslim community while also recognizing that this is an issue that spans communities around the world and looks slightly different everywhere.