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New U program trains some staff, faculty on mental health advocacy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A few dozen University of Minnesota faculty and staff were the first to receive training on how to spot signs of mental health issues — especially when distressed students approach them with concerns.

The new ‘mental health advocates’ completed training last month as part of a pilot program that organizers say could be an important step in promoting mental health at the University.

Read the Minnesota Daily story.


Immigration Law Teach In: Sanctuary and the Rights of Immigrants on Campus

Monday, December 12, 2016

This session was videotaped. Watch here.

Wed. Dec. 14, 4-5:30 pm, Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union.

About this event

What are the rights of undocumented people on campus?
What is a sanctuary campus?
What is a sanctuary city?  What does it mean that Minneapolis is a sanctuary city? 
What can local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) do on and off campus?

Save the Date: Humphrey School Welcomes Author Margot Lee Shetterly as Distinguished Carlson Lecturer

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce that Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, will deliver the Distinguished Carlson Lecture at the University of Minnesota on February 21, 2017. The event is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation.

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Women’s Center Director Peg Lonnquist Receives NWSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, December 9, 2016

Congratulations to Peg Lonnquist on receiving the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Lifetime Achievement Award. Peg’s career and volunteer work toward equity includes serving as the Women’s Center Director at the University of Minnesota for 9 years, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center Director at Iowa State University for 4 years, the Director of Woodswomen-Outdoor Adventures for Women for 2 years, and Program Coordinator for the International Girl Scouts and Girl Guides Center in Mexico. A social justice activist all of her life, Peg seeks to empower people to bring their best work into the world.

Read the article on the UMN Women's Center blog


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