News and Perspectives
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.
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:
April 27th, 12-1 p.m., President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union.
Learn about the Board of Regents' policy regarding purchases from businesses owned and operated by people of color and indigenous people, women and persons with disabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop new strategies and gain insight into how each department can promote the utilization of these targeted businesses and impact the University of Minnesota's supplier diversity goals and objectives. (Presented by Darryl Peal, the Executive Director of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development.)
May 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Limited pizza will be provided at 10:45 a.m. for attendees. RSVP here.
Virgie Tovar and Kathy Kater will speak about the history of diet culture and break down the myths and social stereotypes around oppression and the medical model of fatness, expanding the diversity discourse on campus to include size. We will end with a Q&A session and discuss action steps to combat fatphobia in your own life and within the campus community. See Facebook event.
When you see microaggressions occurring against colleagues, how should you respond? Learn more in this Inside Higher Ed essay by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D., President, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity