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U of Minnesota bias response team walks fine line

Monday, April 3, 2017

Is writing the word “ISIS” on a Muslim student group’s sign an act of free speech? Or hate speech?

What about the phrase “Make rapists and racists afraid” in front of a fraternity house?

Those are the kinds of questions the University of Minnesota has been wrestling with for the past year, since it created a “bias response team” to monitor acts of bigotry on the Twin Cities campus.

Read the Star Tribune story.


SAVE Suicide Prevention Sessions

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Student Health Advisory Board is hosting SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) to discuss mental health on campus and to educate students, faculty, and staff on warning signs and on how we can support individuals who may be at risk. 

These sessions will be held on three dates in April, with options on East Bank, West Bank, and the St. Paul campus: 

Monday, 4/10: East Bank

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Student leaders suggest improvements for UMN campus free speech policies

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Students may soon have clearer guidelines for how they can exercise speech on campus.

With several high-profile cases nationwide and at the University of Minnesota, the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents want the University to clarify its policies on campus free speech.

Read the MN Daily story.


In their own words: U faculty, staff students highlighted during Women's History Month

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March is Women’s History Month. Over the course of the month, The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) asked students, faculty and staff around campus to talk about the importance of this month, in their own words, through the lenses of their identities and experiences.

Read their stories on the OED blog.


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