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Bystander Intervention & De-Escalation Workshop

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, Dec 9, 1:30-3:30 pm, 115 Ford Hall

What do we do when we see racist, homophobic or sexist acts? How do we stand with people who are attacked on the basis of their race, appearance, sexuality or gender identity? Learn tools for bystander intervention and de-escalation. Presented by the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend.

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Does criminal past matter? UMN won’t screen prospective students for felonies

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Under pressure from student leaders and with a nudge from the Obama administration, the U has agreed to stop asking prospective students about felony convictions, starting with the fall 2018 class.

Vice provost Bob McMaster said an admissions question about criminal history discourages people from completing their application and has no effect on campus safety.

“A very low number” of applicants check the box, he said, and those who do typically are admitted anyway after a committee considers whether they represent a threat.


The 19th Annual Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award Winner: Nasreen Mohamed

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reading only the four recommendation letters nominating Nasreen Mohamed for the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award Award, it is easy to see how Mohamed’s passion for promoting inclusivity manifests itself into his daily work and relationships.

“Nasreen has been an amazing mentor to myself and others. Social justice and human rights are ingrained in his professional ethos,” one colleague writes.

“Nasreen takes risks, becomes vulnerable, and goes over and above in order to be a changemaker,” writes another.

According to his recommenders, Mohamed was a natural choice for the award, which was established in recognition of former University of Minnesota Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the first African American Board of Regents member, Dr. Josie R. Johnson.

Read the full profile on the International Student and Scholar Services website.  

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Seeking Graduate Students for GLBTQIA Brown Bag Presentations

Friday, December 2, 2016

Looking to practice that upcoming conference presentation or work through a new idea? The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is looking for graduate students to give short presentations on their research on gender and sexuality studies and queer and trans issues for Spring 2017.

Interested in presenting? Email Lars Mackenzie at for more information.

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Support the GSC Queer and Trans Food and Clothing Drive

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is partering with the Exchange's Queer Community Food Shelf for a drive to provide food and winter clothing to those is need.

Please donate non-perishable food items (including gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options). Popular items include proteins, snack items, fruit and items that can make a whole meal. For the first time, we are also asking for clothing donations. Gently-used clothing items for all genders would be greatly appreciated. (Items include: hats, coats, boots, scarves, thermals and mittens)


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