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MSA declines vote on resolutions

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Minnesota Student Association voted by a margin of three votes to strike two resolutions from its agenda Tuesday — one from Students for Justice in Palestine and the other from Students Supporting Israel. MSA was set to vote on SJP’s resolution calling for the University to divest from companies involved with certain Israeli interactions with Palestine and a resolution from SSI condemning anti-Semitism on campus. Read the Minnesota Daily story.


Building Connections: How Can Colleges Partner Effectively with Diverse Urban Communities?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

by Dr. Geoffrey Maruyama, CEHD

..." At the college level, the primary factor that determines whether students stay enrolled after the first year is how engaged they are. Engagement can happen in a lot of ways: they can be part of an organization, they can have a group of friends, they can know professors, work in labs or do other things that make them want to come back and be part of this community.

Even if they do well in their first year of college, if they don’t really know anybody and there’s no real connection to anyone on campus, they could go to school anywhere the second year and it wouldn’t really matter.

This can be a challenge for many students, who often come from cultural backgrounds very different from the culture of the university. In general, the campus-based universities tend to have cultures that are rooted in the mainstream culture of the United States..."

Read the full story on the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) website.


Power and Privilege in Today's America

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wed, April 6, 6-8 pm, Mayo Auditorium. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, will lead this keynote presentation. He is host of HuffPost Live and BET News, political contributor at CNN, and distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Morehouse College.  Light reception to follow. Open to the public. See the Facebook event invitation.


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