News and Perspectives


Falcon Heights tragedy: Outrage, sadness, support

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The following statement was sent to the Twin Cities campus community from President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Katrice A. Albert: Members of the University community, It is with heavy hearts that we share the horrific news about Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was killed last night in Falcon Heights, very close to our St. Paul campus. This comes on the heels of the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the shooting of two young Muslim men in Dinkytown, a few blocks from our Minneapolis campus. The University of Minnesota acknowledges that many members of our community have been deeply affected by these and other recent traumatic events, and, as leaders of the University community, we are profoundly saddened and share their outrage. We recognize that these persistent acts of violence against black people affect and disturb us all. We are committed to an inclusive and welcoming campus climate, but tragedies such as these leave many in our community feeling deeply disheartened, concerned and fearful. We must support each other through these painful events, and we want to make sure everyone knows how to access our counseling support services. These services are available to all students, faculty and staff as we deal with racial battle fatigue.


Teaching Across Difference scores big for faculty and students

Thursday, July 7, 2016

by Deane Morrison

There was a time when a discussion of wolves in a wildlife management class would likely have centered on questions like: What limits should wildlife managers set for a wolf population? and When do we open a hunting season to cull them?

Missing would have been mention of how Native American tribes viewed wolves, or even that white Western views of the world aren’t necessarily shared by other cultures. Nor would the students have guessed that their education ran along a cultural fault line, let alone how that could later hamper them if they needed to collaborate with people holding other viewpoints.

But in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), that’s all changing. 


Places for University community to connect in wake of recent shootings in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN

Thursday, July 7, 2016

In responding to the pain of the shootings and killings of Alton Sterling (in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) on Tuesday and of Philando Castile (in Falcon Heights, Minnesota) last night, we want to provide space to connect with others, to share your voices and to have the opportunity to listen.

Join us in Appleby Hall room 41, 12:00-1:00, today, July 7, 2016. We have also reserved rooms 135, 169, and 251 from 12:00 - 2:00 as options for folks interested in meeting in small groups. Please bring your own lunches and beverages.

In addition, MSA President Abeer Syedah has organized a similar gathering in Coffman 202 at 6:00 pm as a healing space. There will be light refreshments/snacks, some healing supplies, and any conversations folks want.


LGBTQIA Health Access Consultant sought

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Position title: LGBTQIA Health Access Consultant

Employer: University of Minnesota—Boynton Health

Located in: Minneapolis, MN

Reports to: Boynton’s Health Promotion Specialist

Project Description:

This project is an audit of current Boynton Health practices and infrastructure to assess if Boynton is following best practices for serving the LGBTQIA community. The project was developed as a part of the existing relationship between Boynton Health and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly the GLBTA Programs Office). In order to build capacity for institutional change Boynton must identify areas of opportunity.


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