News and Perspectives

News and Information

UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

Thursday, March 30, 2017

With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and substance misuse, renewed attention has been levied on the greek life community’s response to sexual assault.

While University of Minnesota fraternity leaders condemn acts of sexual violence, they say they’re not adequately prepared to tackle the issue on campus when allegations arise.

Get Involved

Call for nominations - 2017 LGBTQIA Awards

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is seeking nominations of extraordinary LGBTQIA (and ally) activists & community leaders for our annual awards ceremony! Every year, we honor the accomplishments of individuals and groups doing amazing work within the queer and trans community surrounding three areas; leadership and service, community excellence, and Breaking the Silence (see descriptions). Our theme this year is "The Next Chapter: Building Community & Seeking Justice."  Given our current political climate - now, more than ever its essential for us to bu

News and Information

UMN signs letter in support of 'Dreamers'

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The University of Minnesota signed on to a letter addressed to President Trump, dated March 16, 2017, developed by the American Council on Education (ACE), in cooperation with the AAU and other higher education associations, to commend Trump's positive comments about "Dreamers." The letter asks him to commit to allowing Dreamers to continue their work and study in the United States without fear of deportation.

From the letter:


QueerX: Queer(ing) Sustainability

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 12-1 pm, 143 Ruttan Hall, St Paul Campus

Queer X is an educational initiative of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC), which will deliver critically important topics and conversations that impact the LGBTQIA Community. This year's line-up will cover a wide range of LGBTQIA-centered topics and will be available to live stream as well as view online here after each event.

Anyone is welcome to attend or livestream our QueerX Talks!

Featuring: James Schwartz


2017 Gender and Sexuality Center Lavender Celebration

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This year we are excited to host our Lavender Celebration, honoring and highlighting the achievements of LGBTQIA students at the U of M. Our theme this year is "The Next Chapter: Building Community & Seeking Justice." As our students move forward with their lives outside of the U of M - and given our current political climate - now, more than ever its essential for us to build community, invoke self-care, be resilient, resist oppression and create profound change. We are very excited this year to have local activist and leader Roxanne Anderson as our keynote speaker.


Like Us on Facebook

News Stories about Campus Climate

An archive of news and stories about campus climate, locally and nationally. View the list here.


If you have news or events to submit or are interested in writing a personal perspective story, contact

Commenting Policy

We invite comments and respectful dialogue. Content will be moderated to comply with this standard.


"Perspectives" stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota.