News and Perspectives
By Shakeer A. Abdullah, Ph.D, assistant vice president, Office for Equity and Diversity
What is the Multicultural Center For Academic Excellence? MCAE is a hybrid academic support and engagement center that connects students to campus and provides culturally relevant academic and social support and coaching.
This past year has been full of change for MCAE, with the summer marking the transition of MCAE’s leadership and other staff. These personnel changes have given us the opportunity to reimagine what MCAE can be.
#OurCulturesAreNotCostumes is a collaborative project between the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Duke University and students. It is relevant to the University of Minnesota and beyond. Their visual campaign addresses the issues of cultural appropriation and caricature, particularly during the Halloween season. In order to communicate a message of solidarity, individuals in the photos are not necessarily matched to images that represent their own culture. See their Tumblr for images.
Recent census data suggests that the Twin Cities metro has one of the larger concentrations of same sex couples between the coasts, causing The Advocate, in 2013, to proclaim the Twin Cities “a Midwestern gay mecca.” But this is only one part of a much larger and deeper queer history that historians, archivists, and activists are working to preserve and bring to broader public attention. From the University of Minnesota Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, to Stewart Van Cleve’s Land of 10,000 Loves: A Queer History of Minnesota, many are discovering queer history and queering the history we’ve already discovered. Join this discussion to hear from those who are committed to sharing this important history - and from those who have lived it. Friday, October 30, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Elmer Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120). More information.
The University of Minnesota is committed to creating a culture where all members of the University community can make equity and diversity a core value of their work and learning. Join the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus by getting involved this fall. You can:
The University of Minnesota is prominently featured in this Wall Street Journal story about resources to assist homesick students. References include quotes from Dr. Gary Christenson, chief medical officer for Boynton Health Service and two students, Maurea Kiyoi and Jordan Steger. The story also features two photos from PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) Read the story.