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The University of Minnesota is shedding its "king" and "queen" titles for homecoming, organizers said Monday. Instead "royalty" will be the term of choice.
The Student Unions and Activities office said in its announcement that the change come this fall is "an effort toward gender inclusivity."
"We wish to promote a spirit of inclusion at the University of Minnesota," the announcement continued. "This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U based on campus and community involvement — regardless of gender."
With crisis intervention calls on the rise, campus police plan to add a new officer dedicated to mental health.
The officer will become the University of Minnesota Police Department’s leader for crisis calls, which police say have risen 50 percent in the last five to 10 years. The officer will take on the position after June.
The University recently decided to fully fund the new officer, said UMPD chief Matt Clark. The department hasn’t hired the officer yet.
Last Wednesday, the White House withdrew guidelines protecting transgender rights in America’s public schools and college campuses under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools.
Let me be clear. The University of Minnesota stands by our values of equity and inclusion and the right of transgender and gender nonconforming members of our campus community to learn, teach, and work free of any form of harassment and discrimination, including the dignity of being able to use the restroom that aligns with your gender identity. Our support for these rights will not change.
Next week, author Yaa Gyasi will be on campus, speaking at the third event in "Constructing Community-Identity, Opportunity, and Place," a year-long speaker series focused on issues of ethnic identity, social cohesion, and human rights. Many of you participated in our first two events, and I hope you can also make it next Tuesday: