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International student-athletes remind us that "We all belong here" at the Golden Goldys

Monday, May 8, 2017

International student-athletes remind us that "We all belong here" at the Golden Goldys. A Star Tribune story featuring the video said, "The players featured in the video included Leon Bristedt (Sweden/men’s hockey), Titania Markland (Jamaica/women’s track and field), Marino Alpeza (Bosnia/men’s tennis), Palma Kaposi (Hungary/women’s basketball), Muyu Wu (China/women’s golf), Agnes Esser (British Columbia/women’s track and field), Josip Krstanovic (Cro

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Update from the Immigration Response Team on Trump Executive Order to Expand Federal-State Immigration Enforcement

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 5 Update: Trump Executive Order to Expand Federal-State Immigration Enforcement

The Immigration Response Team has heard many people at the University of Minnesota express concern about whether federal immigration agents will enlist local police in immigration enforcement.


Trapped in a single gaze…

Thursday, May 4, 2017

by Azhar Akesh, University of Minnesota, Class of 2019

I am a student majoring in Political Science and I created this performance video for an art class in which we were asked to build a “wearable sculpture."  I chose to portray my experience as a young Muslim Asian woman living in the U.S. This piece helped me express my own feelings and emotions living with Islamophobia on campus, in this country and worldwide.


Response to Chechnya violence targeting gay and bisexual men

Thursday, May 4, 2017

By Stef Wilenchek, director, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life; and Nasreen Mohamed, director of student engagement, International Student and Scholar Services

Numerous news outlets are reporting targeting, violence, and possible murders of gay and bi men in Chechnya (Russian Federation). Recently, authorities in Chechnya have publicly vowed to eradicate the gay population in less than 30 days.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the extreme violence and targeting. The statement and actions of the Chechnya government perpetuate the world-wide myth that LGBTQIA people are not human. We are horrified by this extreme violence, and all forms of violence targeted towards LGBTQIA communities and other marginalized identities. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends, loved ones, and families of the victims.

Violence towards LGBTQIA people has been prevalent throughout history, in the U.S. and across the world, and continues to threaten our health, wellbeing, and ability for us to thrive. Although these murders and abuse are taking place many miles away from our campus, some of us may be from Chechnya, some of us may have family and friends there, and many of us know well that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”).


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