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Each year, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) sponsors numerous awards in support of equity and diversity work and achievements at the University of Minnesota. Please consider applying for a 2016 Equity and Diversity Transformation Award. Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service and outreach by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. The focus for this year's awards is building capacity for institutional change through the use of strategic partnerships. All academic and administrative units across the University’s campuses are eligible to apply for Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards. The amount of award will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Applications are due on May 9, 2016. To read a full description of the award guidelines and procedures, and to download the application, go here.
Monday, April 18, 12-1:30, Coffman Union Theater. Moderated by MPR News host, Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion with Dr. Catherine Squires, professor of communication studies and director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS); Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education, State of Minnesota; Dr. Mitch Pearlstein, Founder and Senior Fellow, Center for the American Experiment. Event registration and more details about the event can be found here. There is also a Facebook event invitation.
On Tuesday, April 5 in the evening, the Bias Response Team (BRT) for the Twin Cities campus received a report that anti-Islamic flyers were found tucked inside The Minnesota Daily newspapers on newsstands in Blegen Hall and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The flyer disparages Islam, Muslims and the Twin Cities campus’s 2016 “Islam Awareness Week.” It is not known who created or distributed the flyer. The BRT and its campus partners responded on April 6 by informing Muslim student groups and The Minnesota Daily about the flyer, and by recording this bias incident report. Because the University denounces religious bigotry, the Bias Response Team responded to this incident and created this statement with the hope of eliciting more campus-wide conversation about how we can create and sustain an inclusive environment for our Muslim community members. The University is deeply committed to a safe and healthy work and study environment for all.
In an April 7 editorial, The Minnesota Daily also responded to the incident.
Join Kyle Guante Tran Myhre on April 11th for the final presentation of his research and reflection for the U of MN's Master of Liberal Studies Program. The performance, "Page, Stage, Engage: Intersections of Spoken Word Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Social Justice Education," will both explore and demonstrate how spoken word (in the form of live performances and online video) can be used to make social justice education programs-- particularly first-year orientation and welcome week programs-- more engaging, more critical, and ultimately, more effective. See www.guante.info for more.
RIGS and the College of Liberal Arts are delighted to announce that we will have four new colleagues join us in Fall 2016 as part of the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to the faculty, students, and staff who worked with us on the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. We are excited that all of our efforts have resulted in the hiring of this group of scholars, who will spark new research, courses, creative work, and community engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the University.