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Close the Opportunity Gap

Friday, September 30, 2016

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.

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The Paths of Greater Resistance: An Interview with Zenzele Isoke

Friday, September 30, 2016

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.”

Read the full profile on the Office for Equity and Diversity blog.

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Campuses see flurry of racist incidents and protests against racism

Friday, September 30, 2016

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.

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Opening doors: Profile of Undergraduate Brian Ung

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Undergraduate Brian Ung is preparing to be a leader for others in his shoes

Midway through college, Brian Ung was still trying to find himself, searching for a campus community that fit his identity and pursuits.

“I still felt very lost after my sophomore year in college,” he says. “That’s what drew me to my fraternity.”

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