News and Perspectives
Alexis Murillo offered a unique perspective to CFANS — traveling from her city life in Chicago to the agriculture-focused college at the University of Minnesota.
When she began studying in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, she didn’t expect to channel her efforts to a whole new direction: improving diversity in the college, which is nearly 85 percent white, according to fall 2018 enrollment numbers.
There has been a consistent rise in reported incidents motivated by bias at the University of Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota's Bias Response and Referral Network, which has collected bias incident reports since 2016, recorded 107 individual reported bias incidents between March 2017 and April 2018 — an almost 40 percent increase from 2016-2017, according to BRRN reports.
Many efforts to improve campus climate have been underway over the last several years at the campuswide level and within colleges and units. This fall, a concerted effort was made to gather more information about work happening at the local level across the Twin Cities campus. The results include:
On Friday, November 2, the inaugural First Generation Institute was held. A day long conference sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, this event provided information to faculty, staff, and students to help first generation students thrive and succeed at the U. The opening panel, Why First Gen Matters, was recorded and can be viewed here:
Through collaboration between The RIGS Initiative, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of American Indian Studies, the American Studies graduate program has been awarded a “Creating Inclusive Cohorts” Training Program from the Graduate School Diversity Office, UMN. This award allows the American Studies graduate program to make first-year fellowship offers to six doctoral students entering the program in Fall 2019, in the field of critical indigenous studies.