News and Perspectives
In the span of a couple of hours, University of Minnesota students can sightsee around a foreign country—experience its food, art, politics, and culture—without ever leaving campus.
Founded more than 20 years ago, the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) hosts bimonthly events and commonly draws a couple hundred students. Its goal, says SWCH coordinator Yaeeun Shin, is to spark meaningful discussions, and hopefully new friendships, between international and U.S. students.
By Dr. Cawo (Awa) Abdi, associate professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
We as sociologists are part of the society that we study. We use our ‘sociological imagination’ to delve deeper into multifaceted topics. In my own work, I attempt to counter the caricature of Muslims (radical versus moderate, or 'bad Muslim good Muslim') in our post-9/11 debates.
The class of 2019 will be the first incoming class to have the option of using a preferred name on their U Card, the U of M’s primary identification card (as will faculty and staff). The change comes with the understanding that a person’s gender identity need not be tied to their legal birth name. The shift was made after a combination of the work of the U’s Transgender Commission, the GLBTA program office, the Ucard office and the Office of Information Technology.
In early July, Matt Clark was named the new chief of police with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). Clark most recently served as the assistant chief of police with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).