News and Perspectives


Regarding xenophobia: In recent days, my spirits have been both buffeted, lifted

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Commentary by By Robin Doroshow, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

From the commentary:

"...When a University of Minnesota student, an Eagle Scout from my own son’s Boy Scout troop, returned to find a swastika and rendering of a concentration camp on his dormitory white board, the university reacted quickly and compassionately. Other recent anti-Semitic events on campus have also received a rapid response, and this gives me hope..."


Creating A More Equitable Classroom

Friday, March 24, 2017

Presented by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life.

When students feel seen and understood in the classroom, they are more likely to show up ready to learn. In this workshop, faculty and instructors will identify strategies to make their classrooms friendlier to LGBTQIA students. Presenters will address common struggles that LGBTQIA students face in the classroom and share solutions that can be adapted to fit your discipline.
Two sessions available:

News and Information

Advisory group formed for BRRN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

By Deane Morrison

The campus Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) has formed a student and faculty advisory group, which met for the first time Feb. 16. At the meeting, BRRN members briefed the 13-member advisory group on how the network operates and invited their active participation in the work of combating bias and its effects. The members were selected through an application and review process.

We hope, as the BRRN, to be able to call on them and tap them for advice, especially for complex or unique bias incidents,” said BRRN member Teddie Potter, director of inclusivity and diversity in the School of Nursing. “Also, we hope they will bring to us any emerging trends or incidents that haven’t been reported.


Good Muslim Bad Muslim: Resistance and Comedy in a Time of Uncertainty

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday March 21,  Doors Open 4:00pm. Event Begins at 4:30pm, Anderson Hall 310, West Bank UMN Campus, 257 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Join us for an afternoon full of conversations, laughter, and social justice! Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, co-hosts of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast, will be performing a live show featuring stand-up comedy, dialogue, and storytelling. They will be sharing their experiences of activism, comedy, and combating Islamophobia. A facilitated Q&A will occur immediately after the interactive lecture.


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