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Reaffirming Our Values, Rebuilding the Social Compact: A Campus Forum

Monday, November 14, 2016

A link to the recording of the Forum can be found here.

Reaffirming Our Values, Rebuilding the Social Compact: A Campus Forum

Discussion and open Q&A, hosted by Provost Karen Hanson

Panelists include: John Coleman (Dean of College of Liberal Arts), Fionnuala Ni Aoláin (Professor and Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, Law School), Abdi I Samatar (Professor and Chair, Geography, Environment & Society). Moderator: Laura Bloomberg (Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)

Thursday, November 17 |  12-1 pm

Multi-Activity Court, 4th floor of UMN Recreation and Wellness Center

123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Link to connect to live-streaming of the event.

RSVP here.

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Challenges Homeless Students Face in Higher Education

Monday, November 14, 2016

For homeless youth, higher education is a way out and a way up. At the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), we’re studying the challenges that homeless students face as they make the transition to college – and how our universities and institutions can better serve their needs.

Read the article on the CEHD website.


In a rape culture, love will liberate

Monday, November 14, 2016

by Katie Eichele, director of the Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education

“Love liberates.” — Maya Angelou

I tell myself this when I’m faced with times where hearts are hurting, anger brews, and there’s an ache to be heard and understood. This month, The Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota celebrates its 30 year anniversary. As I reflect on our mission to advocate for victims of sexual and relationship violence and on our center’s 30 years of work in this area, I remind our community of the many aspects of rape culture and of the work still to be done in our nation.

Read the full commentary at MinnPost.

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Many hands come together to repaint Muslim students' defaced sign

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Photo of student who was repainting the sign - from Star Tribune story

Jouman Hamade blended the candy-red and white paint on her palm until it matched her blush-pink scarf. Then she pressed her hand next to other handprints covering up the hateful message slapped onto a Washington Avenue Bridge panel for the Muslim Student Association (MSA) last week.

Her action was part of Friday’s repainting event on the bridge, which connects the east and west banks of the University of Minnesota campus, to redesign the panel after the word “ISIS” was discovered spray-painted across it on Nov. 3. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called the vandalism a hate crime.

More than 30 students added their painted handprints to the colorful collection on the panel.

“It makes me smile and want to be on campus with everyone,” said Hamade, MSA’s coordinator.

The group had advertised its event as a way to show that “bigotry does not tear us apart, but rather brings us together.”

Read the Star Tribune story.


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