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Ethiopian student at University of Minnesota works to make the legal profession more diverse

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lydia Negussie grew up in the family of Ethiopian immigrants who urged her younger brothers to avoid walking too fast or otherwise risk drawing suspicion on the street.

Partly, the advice echoed mistrust of East African authorities some immigrants carry over to their new homeland. But it also reflected a sense that few look out for working-class people of color in this country’s legal system.

“I see so many people in my community who fear the law is always stacked up against them,” said Negussie, now a senior at the University of Minnesota.


Women in Technology (WIT) Male Allies Panel

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:30 - 10 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, Register today!

Please join us and others across the Twin Cities for a free panel discussion focusing on gender diversity in technology. Lack of gender diversity in technology hurts men as well as women. This event will create a space for honest dialogue where we not only hear from men about their experiences, but give the audience actionable insights into what they can do to support the women in their lives and workplaces and create more successful businesses and homes. We’ll discuss tough issues like society's pressures on masculinity, retention of women in technology from male leaders’ perspectives, fatherhood, privilege – all with the goal of opening the door to ongoing cross-gender lines of collaboration and deeper understanding. 


Organizational Communication of Title IX: Bridging the Divide

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New assistant professor Kate Lockwood Harris’ research looks at the complex relationship between violence and communication. Violence has a negative impact beyond the violent act itself; it influences a person’s ability to get an education, succeed at work, have fulfilling relationships, and build strong communities. Communication techniques can either support or combat many kinds of violence.

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Walking in Two Worlds - New therapeutic group for Indigenous students

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Circle of Indigenous Nations - University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Student Counseling Services has created and implemented a therapeutic group for Indigenous students on campus. The group will begin meeting in spring semester 2017; please share with any Indigenous students who could benefit from the group.


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