News and Perspectives


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.


How I Work: Jason Jackson, Assistant Director, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I serve as the assistant director for the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (Formally known as The GLBTA Programs Office) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. In my position I am contacted daily by staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members to get answers or take on projects in addition to my job. It can get overwhelming considering that my work in Equity and Diversity can easily spill over into Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times I get work related emails in FB Messenger!

In a world where we are navigating multiple constituents, social media, and a myriad of projects it can all get overwhelming — quickly. I have trained myself to stay engaged by connecting to the things I have and what to do by… wait for it… making a checklist!

Read the full story from University Libraries.

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Public Safety Update

Friday, July 1, 2016

The following message was sent by Vice Presidents Pamela Wheelock and Katrice Albert to faculty, staff and students across the Twin Cities campus:

Minneapolis Police are now investigating the shooting that prompted Wednesday's Neighborhood Safety Notice as a possible bias motivated crime. The shooting wounded two young Muslim men early Wednesday morning off campus, near 14th Avenue and 6th Street SE. In the attack, an assailant allegedly made disparaging remarks about Muslims before opening fire on five men wearing Islamic attire.


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