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Bold Action for Equity and Diversity: Nine Critical Questions for University Leadership

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In a time of dramatic political change, civil rights unrest, and an increase of bias-related incidents across the United States, the University of Minnesota can serve as a local and national leader by reaffirming our commitment to being inclusive and supportive of all. University leaders have the opportunity to take decisive action towards enhancing equity and inclusivity and championing diversity. Such bold action is essential to our vision to “be preeminent in solving the grand challenges of a diverse and changing world” (University of Minnesota Strategic Plan, 2014).


Indeed, University leadership, the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), and many other units and community members do this work regularly. At the same time, our large size, decentralized structure, and budget priorities have hindered progress. While we recognize and applaud the progress achieved, we offer nine key questions and recommended actions for central and unit leaders to further drive equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota. Some actions are easily achieved, some are aspirational, and some are tough; regardless, all warrant consideration as we work to build greater capacity in this area.[1]


April 28 and May 19: Student Group Training: Best Practices Working with International Students

Friday, April 28, 2017

All student groups interested in recruiting international students (especially new students) should attend the 6th annual "Best Practices for Working with International Students: Student Group Training," sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and Student Unions & Activities (SUA).

Student groups who attend this event and abide by the best practices discussed will be invited to attend a Welcome Reception for new international students in August. ISSS will also email the contact information for these groups to new international students in July.


Being Muslim in a Time Like This

Thursday, April 27, 2017

By Amera Hassan

How does one begin to justify their existence to the world when their words are from a language the interrogator doesn’t speak? Why is one’s humanity ever a topic of deliberation--ever a thing to be brought into question, as if life is a constitutional privilege and not a human right? Why am I forced to explain over and over and over again my identity to inquiring crowds that couldn’t care less about the answers I speak because they’re far too busy formulating their own? Why does it sometimes feel like I don’t know myself any better than a stranger would?


Hijab Initiative receives C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives (III)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Hijab Initiative is the 2017 recipient of the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives (III): Karen Kaler, U of M Bookstores, U of M Women's Center, UMTC

Members of the University of Minnesota Hijab Initiative found a new way to brighten the Twin Cities campus, to spread school spirit, and respectfully acknowledge differences within our community.


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