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A University of Minnesota task force released a report Thursday with more than 100 recommendations for instructors and administrators to structure their courses to support student mental health.
In a 26-page report, the task force outlined suggestions encouraging faculty to pace coursework and interact with students exhibiting signs of mental illness, among other recommendations, in hopes campus-wide changes will follow.
The effects of strong mentoring relationships on the lives and careers of new scholars can be substantial. Evidence from studies of mentoring in higher education shows that doctoral students and new faculty members fortunate enough to be mentored by senior academics report smoother adjustment to academe, stronger records of teaching and scholarship, stronger institutional commitment, higher retention, greater success achieving promotion and tenure, and higher overall job and career satisfaction.
The following, from Katrice Albert, vice president for Equity and Diversity, is in response to the letter, Bold Action for Equity and Diversity: Nine Critical Questions for University Leadership.
May 2, 2017
Dear Laura, L'Aurelle, Holley, and Na'im,
Thank you for your email and the list of Bold Action for Equity and Diversity: Nine Critical Questions for University Leadership. We appreciate the initiative and the thoughtfulness of your team in developing this document and seeking feedback from Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP) and Campus Climate Engagement Team (CCET) in the process.
To reiterate the process of how we arrived here, the Bold Action letter emerged from your team drafting the letter inspired by some discussions and processes in the DCoP in February and May 2016 meetings, followed by work on it by your team and feedback received to the content from the DCoP and CCET in meetings and electronically.
School of Public Health Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman was honored with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Professional Article Prize for her paper, “Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals,” published in December 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine.