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Statement from OED VP Katrice Albert: Tongues Untied

Monday, August 7, 2017

The below statement is from Dr. Katrice Albert, Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity:

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive climate for all at the University of Minnesota. As a part of that commitment, OED works to serve and support various underrepresented and marginalized individuals and groups, including: American Indians and other indigenous populations; people of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities; people who identify as women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

In the past week, there has been some confusion about and misrepresentation of one of our initiatives, Tongues Untied, sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. Tongues Untied is a group that provides educational and social opportunities and spaces for students, staff and faculty who identify as queer indigenous people and people of color (QIPOC). This program is designed to enhance and center the experiences of queer indigenous people and people of color. It is open to all members of the University community.

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