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Decolonization and Community-Engaged Scholarship: Understanding Universities as Colonial Institutions

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 237 Morrill Hall, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Minnesota Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Vicente M. Diaz will open this year's  Critical Community Engagement Roundtable  series with a discussion of universities as colonial institutions.


Safe-Spaces in Academia

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

by Tiffany Trawick, an English major at the University of Minnesota. 

“Safe-space” can be a daunting term especially when placed within the framework of academia, particularly higher education. This begs the question: How can we even begin to address what seems to be such an ambiguous necessity when we can barely get past the definition?

It is a general consensus that one way safe-space may be defined is as a literal place where individuals, namely students, can feel comfortable to exist and voice their opinions.


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