News and Perspectives
by Amelie Hyams
Beginning in high school, Bianet Castellanos had an interest in the history and the culture of the indigenous people of Mexico. That particular history wasn’t easy to explore.
Growing up in San Joaquin Valley of California, all she learned about Latinos in history was the Mexican American War and the conquest of the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas. And that’s all she could find in the library.
Recent events on campus and around the nation have challenged many of the University of Minnesota's core principles. The U of M community includes many who have expressed concerns about whether they are safe, valued, and able to express their opinions and values.
On February 18, I saw a new sign on the front lawn on the University of Minnesota Students’ Cooperative that read: “FRAT BOYS: STOP RAPING PEOPLE.”
The night before, I’d been informed that the University’s local Delta Upsilon chapter had been suspended by its national headquarters for “serious violations of the fraternity’s ideals and principles.”
University of Minnesota community advisors will now receive more in-depth training on addressing sexual misconduct.
While training details aren’t finalized, it will cover how CAs can best respond to students who have concerns or who have experienced sexual misconduct. It will also include information on how the reporting process works so that CAs can inform students and give them the right resources, said Tina Marisam, University Title IX coordinator and Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action director.