News and Perspectives
The achievement gap among children in our society is growing, and the educational approach so far isn’t the solution—it’s part of the problem. So University of Minnesota researchers are changing the conversation from one of achievement to one of opportunity.
More than 140 researchers at the U of M are engaging with business, community, and education leaders in order to close the opportunity gap for healthy child development in Minnesota and across the nation.
by Amelie Hyams
Simply stated, associate professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Zenzele Isoke researches resistance.
More specifically, Isoke is “looking at the multiple ways that black women create political spaces in cities, to enable different forms of resistance.”
A year ago, racial incidents and lingering tensions on many campuses turned into protests in October that spread nationally in November.
This year, incidents have multiplied at the very beginning of the academic year. And so have protests. Some of the incidents are closely tied to campus issues. But many reflect the protest movement -- which extends well beyond campuses -- against police shootings of unarmed black men.
Undergraduate Brian Ung is preparing to be a leader for others in his shoes
“I still felt very lost after my sophomore year in college,” he says. “That’s what drew me to my fraternity.”