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Student government committee drafting resolution to rename Coffman Union

Thursday, February 15, 2018

After an exhibit prompted the University of Minnesota’s student body president to call for the renaming of Coffman Union, students are beginning to take action.

The Minnesota Student Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is drafting a resolution, gathering signatures for a petition and planning to present the material at a forum in early March with a goal of renaming the central campus building.


New UMN parental leave policy under consideration

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Following advocacy from University of Minnesota student and employee groups, a top University committee will vote on a new parental leave policy draft early next month.

Governance committees at the University have pushed for parental leave reform in recent years, voicing concerns over potential inequities in current policy. If approved, any employees who work at least part-time would be eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave in the event of birth, adoption or surrogacy as soon as they begin working for the University.

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Indian Student Association launches ‘The Indian Perspective’

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Through a video series featuring Indian students and their stories, the Indian Student Association at the University of Minnesota launched a project last week to highlight lesser-known issues and to inform fellow students of their culture.

The project, called The Indian Perspective, is a series of videos allowing Indian students on campus to talk openly about issues they face and their cultural identities, as well as how certain topics are handled differently in the U.S. and India.


APARC Speaker Series: Asian American Resistance and Creative Clap Back feat. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 5:30- 7:30pm Rapson Hall, room 100.

Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) Speaker Series Presents: Asian American Resistance and Creative Clap Back featuring Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Using Asian American stereotypes in the media as an easy and visual entry point into Asian American history, we will examine connections between Asian American media stereotypes, historical anxieties, and what contemporary Asian American creatives are doing to clap back. 


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