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Some say the University’s parental leave policy is exclusionary

Thursday, November 3, 2016

In response to concerns about gaps in the University of Minnesota’s parental leave policy, some students are pushing for changes to make the policy more equitable.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) requested last month that the University adjust its parental leave policy, which currently leaves out LGBTQ individuals, fellowship students and births outside the academic year.

See the Minnesota Daily story.

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How an athletic program for Minneapolis girls led to startup designing sportswear for Muslim women everywhere

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How an athletic program for Minneapolis girls led to startup designing sportswear for Muslim women everywhere. Chelsey Thul, a lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Jamie Glover, current MBA student at the Carlson School are quoted and the College of Design is mentioned. Read the MinnPost story.

Photo caption: With support from U of M’s College of Design and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the GIRLS program designed sportswear for Muslim girls in Minneapolis. Photo via MinnPost courtesy of GIRLS.


On The Trail From Hope to Healing: An Interview with Michelle Johnson-Jennings

Thursday, November 3, 2016

by Amelie Hyams

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings is a trained clinical psychologist, a health researcher and advocate for tribal communities and a member of the Choctaw Nation. Johnson-Jennings has been with the College of Pharmacy on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus since 2011 and has been director of the Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center since 2013.

An expert on cultural differences between westernized medicine and indigenous populations, Johnson-Jennings first became interested in the psychology and cultural differences around pain management, during her residency. “There are a lot of cultural barriers around what pain means to the patient, as opposed to the health care provider.”

Read the full profile on the Office for Equity and Diversity blog.

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SJP Response to Horowitz Posters Hate Speech

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


November 2, 2016

Last night and throughout the day today, fliers were found around the University of Minnesota campus accusing Students for Justice in Palestine of being both a front for Hamas and an anti-semitic terrorist organization. The fliers were produced by the Horowitz Freedom Center, an extremist hate group, which also released a press release with the same unfounded accusations.

Some posters used images of people in kuffiyeh (Palestinian scarf) with guns, standing in pools of blood with captions such as “Jew Hatred.” Others portrayed a person in a kuffiyeh against a blood splattered Palestinian flag with the words “Hamas Terrorists.” These images harm Palestinians, and more specifically SJP members, by painting us as violent, anti-semitic terrorists—playing on vivid Islamophobic stereotypes. Stereotypes which are not only harmful to all Muslims but wrongfully conflate Palestinian with Muslim, ignoring and marginalizing Palestinian Christians and other non-Muslim Palestinians. These posters grossly misconstrue SJP’s mission as an organization that stands against all forms of oppression and advocates for justice. Instead, these posters portray SJP as a violent hate group. They paint all Palestinians and all activists for Palestine as Muslim terrorists, and thus erase our diversity, struggle and efforts.

See the full news release from Students for Justice in Palestine and co-signed by the Al Madinah Cultural Center, Asian Student Union and Muslim Students Association - all U of M student groups.

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Statement regarding poster and social media campaign against the U of M group Students for Justice in Palestine

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Below is a message sent this afternoon to the members of the University of Minnesota registered student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, by Danita Brown Young, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students:

We have been made aware of the recent poster and social media campaign from the Horowitz Freedom Center against the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student group here at the University of Minnesota. I am sorry for the hurt and fear this has caused you and the members of your group. The manner in which this information was promoted on campus, particularly from an off-campus group, is not consistent with our University values or commitment to an inclusive campus environment.

I know the actions of outside individuals have left many of us at the University reeling, me included.  I am saddened, maddened and heartbroken by this continued hateful rhetoric that disproportionately affects our marginalized students and community.


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