News and Perspectives
By Mary Shafer
When she started college in CLA, Alex West Steinman (BA ’11, journalism), was not sure what she wanted to do with her life and career. Fast-forward a few years and within days of graduation she had traded in her tassels for an office at Fallon, the global advertising agency located in Minneapolis.
Now she is the company’s director of communications, a position she says is, “beyond what I would have dreamed of,” Steinman is making her mark as a Renaissance woman with interests and influence in a wide array of fields.
Master Gardener volunteers with University of Minnesota Extension hosted weekly afternoon Peace Sanctuary Garden classes at a community garden on Aurora Avenue in St. Paul during the summer of 2016. The purpose was to engage residents in investing in their neighborhoods by offering communal gardening time, a garden science lesson and a nutritious garden snack. Read the full Extension story.
Fourth- through eighth-graders participating in the White Earth Indian Reservation Summer Academy of Math and Science explain it best: Asked how the experience differs from school, popular responses were “funner,” “shorter and funner,” and “a lot funner.”
“You learn a lot, but you don’t know you are learning,” explained another student.
University of Minnesota Extension and the reservation began the cooperative effort 18 years ago when members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe challenged the University to help engage struggling students in math and science.
Myron Orfield, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who studies racial profiling, found that black people driving through the white suburbs of St. Paul are seven times more likely to be pulled over than white people and twice as likely to be arrested. In St. Anthony, where Castile was pulled over and killed, nearly half of all arrests are of black people, even though they make up only 7 percent of the local police jurisdiction.
It's not just a Minnesota problem. Nationally, a new study by the Center for Public Equity reports, black people are twice as likely to be pulled over as whites – and three times more likely to experience the use of force afterward.