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Pools apart

Monday, January 22, 2018

For Samuel L. Myers Jr., it’s hard to say which figured more prominently in his early life, swimming or economics.

While both are long-standing interests, only recently have they become intertwined in his professional work. In fact, his background as an African American in swimming has informed his recent research, which explores disparities in drowning rates—disparities that, in some ways, are emblematic of racial inequity as a whole.

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New fund at UMN hopes to support at-risk immigrant students

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amid a national immigration debate, a new scholarship hopes to support students at the University of Minnesota who may be affected by proposed legislation. 

On Friday, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration Response Team launched the Dream Fund, which aims to support student immigrants whose legal status may be at risk, affecting their ability to earn money for college expenses.

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UMN Board of Regents aim to improve campus climate for students of color

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will vote on a resolution aimed at improving retention and recruitment of underrepresented students at its February meeting.

The resolution includes five strategy points to increase undergraduate diversity on the Twin Cities campus and requires the University’s president to give an annual report on the status of the strategies. Several University surveys show gaps in graduation rates and campus satisfaction between white students and students of color.


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