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UMN sees increase in bias-related incidents on campus

Monday, March 6, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response and Referral Network received at least 18 incident reports in February, the largest number reported in any month since its start in January 2016.

Though the Southern Poverty Law Center — an advocacy organization specializing in civil rights — has announced a decrease in bias reports since a spike following the presidential election; other Big Ten colleges have seen similar surges.

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Nutritious U tackles student anxiety by easing food insecurity

Friday, March 3, 2017

When she heard that the 2015 Boynton Student Health Survey had reported that 17 percent of University of Minnesota undergraduate students worried that their food would run out before they had money to buy more, Rebecca Leighton, a second-year graduate student at the University’s School of Public Health, decided that something needed to be done.

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Campus must embrace free speech while condemning hate, Kaler says in state of U address

Friday, March 3, 2017

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler defended conservative speech on campus while striking back against hate and antiscience Thursday during his state of the university address.

Read the Pioneer Press story.

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President Kaler's 2017 State of the University Address focuses on climate

Friday, March 3, 2017

The  central theme of President Kaler's 2017 State of the University Address was campus climate. New initiatives were announced to provide resources for members of the U community who are immigrants, refugees, Dreamers, or are undocumented; to address and reduce sexual violence, and a current effort, the Bias Response and Referral Network was noted for its work.

Read or watch the speech here.

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