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University of Minnesota's freshman class features upswell in diversity

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More students of color and applicants from outside the Upper Midwest helped shape the University of Minnesota’s class of 2020 — the biggest since 1970, according to recently-released freshmen data.

The class of 5,880 students — which is more diverse than recent years — is part of the University’s effort to increase enrollment in select colleges, said Dean of Undergraduate Education Bob McMaster.

Read the Minnesota Daily story.


What Does Decolonization Mean for Research?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 3-4:30 pm, 325 Education Sciences Building, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Michigan State University (MSU) Associate Professor Kyle Powys Whyte will lead the next forum of the  Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement Roundtable, focusing on decolonization and research. The Timnick Chair in the Humanities at MSU, Whyte is an associate professor of philosophy and community sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy and Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science and Policy programs. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. 

Co-sponsored by the University's Department of American Indian Studies and the Office for Public Engagement, this year's roundtable series focuses on decolonization and community-engaged scholarship, and will address the role universities play in reproducing patterns of colonization, how community engagement can help transform these patterns, and how decolonization can be a lens for academic work.

RSVP by Friday, December 2


Bias Response Team gets a new name and a website

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Bias Response Team has been renamed the Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN). The new name was chosen to better reflect its role as a collaborative entity that responds to bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus in ways that support those most impacted, promotes education and dialogue, and affirms the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.


Big Questions: How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?

Monday, November 21, 2016
December 5, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Best Buy Theater, Northrop

Big Questions is a series brought to you by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. This series will foster thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens, bringing multiple and diverse perspectives to bear on today's pressing questions. Moderated by MPR News host, Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion centered around the following question:

How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?


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