News and Perspectives


Endangered Data, Data Ethics, and ‘Vulnerable’ Populations

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February 21, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

We live in a world where both an overabundance and a paucity of data coexist, and members of vulnerable populations (such as undocumented immigrants, prisoners, and transgender folks) can be at risk from either end of this spectrum. Too much data can dangerously reveal someone’s status or identity, and an absence of data can undercut the creation of infrastructure required to support a group’s needs.

In this panel, scholars from across the university campus consider these questions from diverse perspectives.

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A place to pump: U group advocates for lactation support

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Take a right off University onto Pleasant Street, and you enter a part of campus moms call a “lactation desert.”

There was no plan to accommodate nursing mothers when those buildings were constructed. There still isn’t.

After facilitating lactation services for nearly a decade, the volunteer-run Lactation Advocacy Committee is shepherding a resolution urging University of Minnesota administration to create a comprehensive lactation support policy. 


Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History issues final report

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History was convened in fall 2018 to review the four Twin Cities campus buildings mentioned in the exhibit, A Campus Divided, and the MSA Resolution to Rename Coffman Union (pdf), and recommend actions to the administration.


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