News and Perspectives


Micro-Grants sparked positive campus climate efforts

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On March 21, 2016 the Campus Climate Engagement Team (CCET) awarded $4680 to  projects designed to foster dialogue, respect, and personal growth to foster a climate on the Twin Cities campus where everyone can feel safe, welcome, and valued. Funds were provided by the Office of the President.

Also, said micro-grant project creator Nasreen Mohamed, the grants aimed to “spark creativity and support existing innovative projects addressing campus climate issues.”

Here’s what the completed projects have done to further those goals and bring people together: 


UMTC is a Five-Time Recipient of the HEED Award

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) has received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UMTC will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“It’s an incredible honor to be one of a small number of institutions across the nation to receive this award five times in a row,” said Dr. Katrice Albert, vice president for Equity and Diversity. “The HEED Award has become one of the many ways we can benchmark our ongoing efforts to advance our most ambitious equity and diversity goals.”

Read the full story on the OED blog.


Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require an RSVP.  All sessions will be livestreamed and video recorded, so past sessions can be accessed at any time.  Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus). The first conversation, Latinx Voice; Latinx Vote: How Demographics are Shifting the American Political Landscape, will be held on Sept 30. For more information about the series, visit the Critical Conversations page.


Small World Coffee Hour: Art Speaks, So Do Words

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Yudof Hall Clubroom, sponsored by International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Were you ever amazed by a different culture and the beauty of its language? Well, come meet groups that represent various cultures around the world! The Minnesota International Student Association, Students for the Justice of Palestine, Pamela Mayorga and Small World Coffee Hour invite you to experience Palestine culture, Mexican culture and more. Read more here.


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