News and Perspectives
Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male, by PhD candidate Zane Thimmesch-Gill (Human Factors and Ergonomics in the College of Design), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender Nonfiction category. In this interview, he describes design’s potential to address trans inequality. Read the post on the College of Design website.
by Scott Marshall, associate director, Disability Resource Center
Some of our campuses have policies that say our digital resources must be accessible to people with disabilities. Widespread lack of enforcement of these policies is not only unwelcoming, it might be insulting. At a minimum, it’s oppressive.
By Nasreen Mohamed
The morning after 9/11, I was driving with a colleague to campus, and on the 10th Avenue Bridge a man stood holding a sign that read “Nuke ‘em.” This was in reaction to the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center Twin Towers. That moment is seared like a scar in my memory, and is re-awakened in my body as a queer Muslim immigrant every time there is an attack or act of violence perpetrated by a “Muslim.” Fifteen years ago, the reaction to these attacks created a collective fervor that defied logic and unleashed indiscriminate violence against Muslims, both within the country and abroad. The thousands of innocent families killed in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result, and the hundreds wrongly imprisoned and deported, have been forgotten. The numbers of dead and the loss of human potential from these acts of violence is devastating and indelible.
March 21-25. Hosted by the Al-Madinah Cultural Center, Coffman Memorial Union. The Al-Madinah student group will be hosting a variety of events each day of the week that deal with different aspects of daily and typical Muslim life. See the Facebook event for more information including the daily schedule.
The symposium will be held on April 17-18, 2016 at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. Since it began in 1998, this biennial symposium has provided participants the opportunity to “critically and honestly engage on urgent issues confronting faculty diversity.” Previous symposia have drawn scholars, policymakers, faculty, administrators and staff working on advancing diversity in higher education and graduate students planning to pursue careers in academia from institutions across the country.
Join us! Register by March 15 to take advantage of “early” rates.
Read more about the symposium and other work of the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, here.
Read the post, Sharing a great IDEA, A Conversation with Dr. Michael Goh & Dr. Priscilla Gibson, for in-depth information about the work.