News and Perspectives
Getting into college and making it through can be hard no matter what your circumstances. But for first-generation students — the first in their families to attend college — the challenges are even greater because they must tackle them largely on their own. Students whose parents have gone to college can draw on that experience, perhaps talking to them about filling out applications or picking a major. Many college-educated parents also help their children financially, or provide a cushion if things go awry.
A faculty member — let’s call him "Jeff" — stopped by my office to make conversation. He’d heard I do work in disability studies, and I could see he was primed to offer up his most frustrating disability anecdote. He leaned against the door frame and began to explain "this one student" he just didn’t know what to do with. The student brought him a document detailing accommodations for unexpected absences, and Jeff was concerned. "Aren’t we supposed to offer students a level playing field?" he asked. "I know she could get herself to class if she really wanted to. Everyone has anxiety.
The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is excited to welcome Melinda Lee as its new Assistant Director. Melinda graduated this year from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work degree and will be completing their Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School this fall. Melinda served as the GSC's MSW intern in 2015-16 and has recently held the position of Transgender Advocate this spring.
From differences in communicating directly to understanding why the dime is the exclusion to the size to value correlation, international students navigate many cultural differences in addition to their studies at the University of Minnesota. Several students created videos to share their stories during the ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series. Their stories can be found on this page (note, an x500 is needed to view them).
Fadumo Mohamed, a senior in the Elementary Education Foundations program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction received the CEHD Student Multicultural Recognition Award this year. The award is given to a candidate who has made outstanding multicultural efforts to the CEHD community in community outreach as part of their extracurricular or professional work.