News and Perspectives


Confronting Islamophobia: Promoting Human Rights in Public Policy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, September 29 from 5-8 p.m. in the Humphrey School Cowles Auditorium.

Prejudice against Muslims has existed in various forms throughout American history, but this issue has become far more prominent throughout the past decade. Join us for an evening symposium to discuss how we can work to address and overcome prejudice and shape our public policy to ensure human rights for all people. 

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Inclusive Environment Alert: Chemical & Scent Sensitivities

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New signage is now available for offices that is intended to remind us that many in our workspaces have chemical sensitivities, and each of us have an opportunity to contribute to making our environment inclusive. A PDF created by the Disability Resource Center that is accessible can be found here.

The signs asks that people be mindful of these sensitivities by


Small World Coffee Hour: Vegetarians Around the World

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Friday, September 16, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 120 Coffey Hall, Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Join Small World Coffee Hour for an introduction to vegetarian food and the cultural roots of vegetarianism around the world. There will be some tasty, authentic vegetarian dishes and great conversations!

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Working to spotlight issues of social justice, Abeer 'pushes boundaries'

Thursday, September 15, 2016
photo of Abeer Syedah

With a dynamic following on Twitter, Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah has embraced the connectivity of social media, posting her musings on topics, such as xenophobia to heteronormativity, to her thousands of followers.

And while she has sometimes been criticized, like when she asked her followers to reflect on queerphobia after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida — in turn receiving countless hate-mongering replies, she has continued to use the platform to speak about social justice and issues of diversity.

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New group: Our Voices - Indigenous Women and Women of Color

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Voices: Indigenous Women and Women of Color is a new dialogue group centering women-identified indigenous students, students of color, and multiracial students at the U of M! This dialogue group aims to support and engage the intersection of identities, foster a safe space for identity development, self-expression, and self-reflection, and develop responsible leaders to advance the needs and enrich the experiences of indigenous women and women of color.


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