News and Perspectives


Minnesota Couple Behind America’s First Gay Marriage Shares Their Story in New Book

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In 1971, two Minnesota men, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, aplied for a marriage license and made national headlines. The couple recently donated their 60,000-piece archive to the University of Minnesota Trettor Collection. Now they've written a book about their experiences, The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage. Read more in this WCCO story.

On Tues, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. the U of M libraries is hosting a publication celebration at the Elmer L. Anderson Library. The event will feature remarks by authors Michael McConnell, Jack Baker, and Gail Langer Karwoski as well as the opening of an exhibit based on their archived material. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP here.

News and Information

U Libraries receives $224,450 to digitize African American collections

Monday, January 11, 2016

After receiving a nearly $225,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the University of Minnesota Libraries will soon embark on an ambitious two-year endeavor that aims to digitally archive its materials representing African American history and culture. 

Digitized materials, dating from the 16th century to present, will include nearly half a million pages of print documents, images, and audio and video recordings from across more than 70 collections within the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department.

Read the full story.


New Bias Response Team to form on the Twin Cities campus

Friday, January 8, 2016

The U of M has many offices that support and advocate for individuals affected by bias and discrimination, but that help is often either targeted to specific populations or not focused on responding to bias incidents. 

That is changing, now that President Kaler has approved a proposal to set up a Bias Response Team on the Twin Cities campus that will, among other things, quickly assemble after bias incidents are reported, then consider responses based on a pre-established bias response protocol and make recommendations to senior leaders.  The team could also partner with other campus offices to implement larger-scale responses to bias incidents that harm the campus climate.


New online training on sexual harrassment

Thursday, January 7, 2016

by Kimberly Hewitt, director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Minnesota is committed to fostering a positive campus climate that is responsive to and takes preventative measures to address sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) Office is pleased to announce several new educational opportunities on these important topics.  

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires universities and colleges to make training available to all employees regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment. We encourage you to ask all members of your staff to complete a new online training entitled Speak Up: Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence. This new program is available by searching ULearn and is designed to provide you with important information about sexual harassment and sexual assault. The workshop includes important definitions, information about University policy, relevant scenarios, and strategies for an appropriate response to these complex problems.


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