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Mobile Lactation Pod Unveiling

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tues. May 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Great Hal, Coffman Union (a part of the Mechanical Engineering Seniors Design Show). Come to an unveiling of the LacPod, a mobile lactation unit that wass created through a joint project between a group of senior Mechanical Engineering students, the Student Parent HELP Center and the Lactation Advocacy Committee. This is a first look at the project, which was awared a Campus Climate Micro-Grant. There will be an official open house for the student-designed mobile lactation pod once it is fully functional and installed in Coffman Memorial Union. 


The Opportunity City: Progress Report on Improving Equity in Minneapolis

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 6:00pm-7:15pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Mayor Betsy Hodges is garnering national attention - along with New York's Bill De Blasio - for her efforts to promote equity in Minneapolis.  Mayor Hodges visit will provide a candid update on progress, hurdles, and lessons learned. More information here.


Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 5, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, 101 Walter Library. The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy is proud to host these presentations from past Multicultural Award Recipients. We'll hear stories about the research they have conducted around urgent social issues and learn what insights they discovered. These talks are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.  

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More calls for neutral restrooms

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Council of Graduate Students approved a resolution last week supporting the expansion of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus. 

The COGS resolution was conceived after members saw a bill in the state Legislature that would base restroom use on sex-assignment, not gender identity, COGS President Nicholas Goldsmith said.

“It made many of us uncomfortable ... and it sends a bad message on campus climate,” Goldsmith said. 

When it became clear the bill had no traction in the Legislature, COGS’s resolution morphed into a statement supporting the expansion of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus, Goldsmith said. 

According to Goldsmith, COGS’s statement also reinforced the Transgender Commission’s recommendations for campus restrooms.

Read the full Minnesota Daily story.

Read the Transgender Commission Proposal: System-Wide Bathroom and Locker Room Access


Campus Climate Convergence: Making the network of change makers visible

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 11, 2016, the first ever Campus Climate Convergence: Making the Network of Changemakers Visible occurred. Over 75 members of the Twin Cities campus community attended. During a powerful and productive morning, Convergence attendees met new people engaged in campus climate work and together mapped work being done around campus at all levels. They learned that while there is much going on, there is so much more to do. The event was a collaborative effort between the Campus Climate Engagement Team, the Coalition for a Respectful U, and the Diversity Community of Practice. See the following resources created and shared with event attendees, for more information:


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