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Mental Health Awareness Day 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Active Minds is hosting the 2016 Mental Health Awareness Day on Monday, April 25th from 10am to 2pm in Coffman Great Hall. Stop in to check out the mental health resources on campus, pet some PAWS therapy animals, visit with student groups that care about mental health, and grab some free cookies! 

The event will feature an empty chair display to represent the 1,100 college students lost to suicide every year in the US. There will be an opportunity to post notes of remembrance and encouragement on the chairs and to fill out a "I Stand Up to Mental Health Stigma Because..." sign for our de-stigmatizing campaign. 

For more information visit the Facebook event page.


A Campus Climate Movement

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On April 11, over 60 people from across the Twin Cities campus gathered at a “Campus Climate Convergence” event. The half-day event was spent “making the network of change makers visible” by learning more about who is engaged in working on campus climate issues, and what efforts are underway. Together we created a map of our work. We also had important discussions. During the event, Nai’m Madyun, Campus Climate Engagement Team member and one of the event planners, listened deeply for meaningful statements that sparked deeper dialogue, and then riffed around those phrases to create this poem, which honors and reflects back the voices that were in the room. 

A Campus Climate Movement

By Na’im Madyun

We accepted and rejected, both deflected and projected as we mapped out and reflected at a campus climate convergence.

Our spirits DO feel those permissible bullets that are invisible both to many privileged and to many marginalized eyes


Photography Exhibition Opening | Somali-American Stories

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Apr. 20, 4:30-6:30, Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School. - Photography Exhibition Opening | Somali-American Stories. The Humphrey School will host the photography exhibitions “Jaded Youth” by Khadija Charif and “Behind Both Fences” by Muna Malik, two emerging voices from the Somali-American community in Minnesota. Their work explores the experiences of local immigrant and first-generation youth as they negotiate identities between their families’ origins and their homes in the Twin Cities. 

Remarks by Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School; Leslie Thomas, executive director, Art Works; Khadija Charif and Muna Malik, featured photographers; and Abdi Warsame, Sixth Ward council member, City of Minneapolis.

More information can be found here.


U of M Extension partnership with St. Paul school growing great things

Monday, April 11, 2016

When Judy Myers and Sara Langworthy, educators in University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium (CYFC), received an Extension grant in 2014, they had no idea how beautifully the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners” project would blossom.

Extension CYFC's partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School began as informal conversations with the school principal, Scott Masini, who was hoping to create a trauma-sensitive school environment. Those conversations have led to the creation of a network of partners and supporters across the University of Minnesota and the East St. Paul community.

Read the full story on the Extension News website.


Potty Politics: North Carolina's HB 2 and Why It Matters During an Election Year

Monday, April 11, 2016

by Zein Murib

[On March 30], the North Carolina General Assembly convened an emergency session that cost the taxpayers of that state forty thousand dollars. The reason? To pass HB 2, officially known as the Public Facility Privacy and Security Act, or the “Charlotte bathroom bill.”

What is HB 2? And why should we care about it? This piece gives a brief overview of HB 2, particularly as it pertains to transgender people accessing bathrooms.

Read the full commentary on the Department of Political Science website.

Zein Murib is a Politcal Science grad student and fellow.


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