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Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Staff Searches

Friday, November 18, 2016

Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly hire new staff. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, and this includes hiring staff of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines where they are underrepresented. The presence of implicit bias in staff searches can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.


The crosswalk of my Nigerian-American life

Friday, November 18, 2016

by Profit Idowu, U alumnus and keynote speaker at the OED Equity and Diversity Breakfast

The crosswalk and chance encounter with the police

If you were to approach an intersection and walk over a crosswalk on any street in this campus, many people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities would enter your line of sight.

What thoughts would come to mind upon first glance? Would you be courageous enough to take a moment to look at life through their eyes and experiences? According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience two years ago, at first glance, the brain immediately determines how trustworthy a face is before it’s fully perceived, which supports the fact that we make very fast judgments about people.


The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education celebrates 30 years

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education is 30 years old. On Nov. 17, Governor Mark Dayton declared it to be The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education Day in the State of Minnesota. 

A celebration was held that afternoon in Coffman Union and over 100 friends, supporters, staff, advocates and alumni attended.

President Kaler shared these remarks

Aurora Center Director Katie Eichele, share these remarks:

"Jerie [Smith] told me we needed to throw a party. And I asked, would anybody come? Thank you so much for being here. Those who know me and are friends with me on Facebook, know I like to throw parties. 
I promise to utilize a method I taught students in public speaking which is the K.I.S.S. method. Keep It Short and Simple.
It is fitting that our theme is about honoring the past, the present, and the future. 
Part of honoring this is to recognize the voices that have come before, speak today, and are to come.
Those voices sometimes express vulnerability.
Those voices sometimes have great strength.
I remember being the keynote speaker for several Take Back The Night events and I marveled at the power of a crowd of voices coming at me chanting in unison. 
There is also power in one singular voice that speaks softly and shakes.
While these voices speak out, equal there's a responsibility that we who can and have the strength to must listen. To dialogue. And to Act.
Today, I serve as a voice of the present to bridge the past and the future.
And in order to commemorate the present, I have the honor of sharing with you a proclamation provided by the Governor.
Because this is available, I won't read the whole proclamation, just the beginning and end."

Congratulations, Aurora Center, for this milestone and for all you do.


Equity and Diversity Breakfast: "An opportunity for self-reflection rather than self-congratulation."

Friday, November 18, 2016

Remarks by President Eric W. Kaler at the November 17 OED Equity and Diversity Breakfast

Good morning, and thank you all for gathering to celebrate the remarkable work of our students, faculty and staff around one of the truly grand challenges of our time and of our University — Equity and Diversity. To our many guests, welcome to the University of Minnesota, and thank you for joining us and supporting us.   

This University does not exist on an island. We are not immune from the pressing, troubling, and negative issues of the day. But because we are a center for free speech, creative thought, and new ideas, there are sizable expectations that surround us. Sometimes, we don’t live up to those expectations. This event, then, is a perfect opportunity for self-reflection rather than self-congratulation. Of course, it’s a time to recognize all we’ve achieved, but also — more humbly — to consider all that we haven’t.

Read the full speech here.


The Indian Student Association Presents: Tamasha

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 6-9 pm, Northrop

Join the Indian Student Association (ISA) as we present a show that celebrates South Asian culture along with special performances, comedy, and more! This year's event is extra special, because we're celebrating 30 YEARS OF ISA AT THE U OF M!

This event is COMPLETELY FREE and we have FREE DESI FOOD!

We will be having a fashion show again this year! This year's theme will focus on the multiple regions of india and focus on the legends of those industries.

Hope to see you all there!


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