News and Perspectives


Race & Policy: Voices Seldom Heard series, featuring a keynote address by Rep. Peggy Flanagan!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday February 1st @ 4pm, The Humphrey Forum 

We’re excited to welcome Rep. Flanagan to the Humphrey Forum on Wednesday, February 1 at 4pm as part of our February event series. Let us know you’re coming!

About Representative Peggy Flanagan


An activist and a scholar

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate Tribe, U of M senior Raven Ziegler’s Lakota Sioux identity, language abilities, and cultural fluency have allowed her to connect with the next generation of Native American youth.

Through her work with the American Indian Student Cultural Center, Ziegler has worked with Native focused Migizi Communications and local Native communities to connect underrepresented high school students to University resources.

Read the full story.

News and Information

First stories from Transgender Oral History Project published; aim to archive marginalized voices

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A few years ago, University of Minnesota librarian Lisa Vecoli noticed that her collection lacked stories from transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

“We have much more content about cis-gendered gay, white men than we have … about lesbians, people of color, the transgender community and the bi, pan, fluid, omni-plus communities,” said Vecoli, curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender studies.

She designed the Transgender Oral History Project. Led by poet, activist and University assistant librarian, Andrea Jenkins, the project launched in 2015 and documents the personal stories of gender-nonconforming and transgender individuals in the Midwest.

The first set of interviews has now been published and nearly 200 more will be available by the end of next year.

Read the full Minnesota Daily story.


Our values: a welcome back message to the Twin Cities campus community

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

by President Eric W. Kaler

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus!

First, I want to thank all of you. To our students, who challenge, educate and remind us that we must care for each other in all that we do - you inspire us. To our faculty, for the knowledge, mentorship, and passion you share with our students and contribute to the state of Minnesota. And to our staff, who ensure our campus is productive and safe, and a great place to live, work, and visit. You are an important part of what makes us special. 

As 2017 begins, it is my hope that as a community, we will rededicate ourselves to our University's core values. Those values include our commitment to a safe, respectful, and welcoming campus for all, openness to a diversity of ideas and discussion, a curiosity toward understanding our many differences, and a rejection of hurtful and hateful words. We must remain a place where opposing viewpoints can be aired freely and debated vigorously.

Read the full message here, which was sent to students, faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus.


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