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New Grow Your Own program aims to diversify Minneapolis teaching corps

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Minneapolis Residency Program is designed to prepare future teachers to work in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Currently the program is preparing 25 participants to become licensed elementary teachers in an expedited period of one school year and two summers of coursework and co-teaching. The College of Education and Human Development is featured.


Our Somali Neighbors: Learning More about Somali Culture and Community

Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, February 26, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Elmer Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120) Minnesota has become home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. and a significant Somali ‘neighborhood’ has developed near the University of Minnesota campus. Learn more about our Somali neighbors through a panel discussion about Somali history, culture, and religion, as well as beliefs regarding family structure, gender roles, medical and mental health care, and more. Panelists: Sharif Mohamed, Imam, Dar Al-Hijrah Civic Center, Minneapolis; Sahra Noor, RN MS, CEO People’s Center Health Services, Minneapolis; Abdi Warsame, first Somali Minneapolis City Councilman, Ward 6; Najmo Yusuf, University of Minnesota student in Communication Studies, and President, Somali Student Association.  Moderator:  Cawo Abdi, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Sociology Department. More information.

Public Health Solutions: Reducing Violence against African American Males

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wed, March 23, 1:00 pm, Commons Hotel. As a physician working in inner-city Boston, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, broke new ground with her efforts to define youth violence as a public health problem, not just a criminal justice issue.  Her passion for prevention was not satisfied with the emergency room work of “Stitching people up and sending them out.”  She turned to public health and, along with others, created a social movement to prevent violence that has had an impact on Boston and the nation. Following Dr. Prothrow-Stith's talk about violence prevention, at 2:00 pm she will join a panel of key stakeholders from the community, academics, medicine, government, and law enforcement to discuss interventions to reduce violence. For more information and to register.

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Students, panel want U to better address discrimination

Monday, February 15, 2016

A group of University of Minnesota students spoke out about policing and discrimination at the University of Minnesota on Thursday Feb. 11, during an event about protests and protesting. The students spoke out, in part, against the framing of the very discussion being had.

As part of a series called Big Questions, the university's College of Liberal Arts — in partnership with MPR News — posited the question "Is there a right way to protest?" anelists included Keith Mayes, an African American & African Studies professor at the University; Trista Harris, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations; Javaris Bradford, President of the Black Student Union at the University of Minnesota; and Lena K. Gardner, co-founding organizer and leader with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. 

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Across Oceans: A Night of Unity and Empowerment at the Intersection of Race and Religion

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday February 19th 4-6 PM, Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) 3-120

The Muslim Students Association along with the College of Liberal Arts invite you to attend Across Oceans: A Night of Unity and Empowerment at the Intersection of Race and Religion. By highlighting the intersections between the two, our event seeks to unite two very prominent American communities: The African American and the American Muslim communities. In addition to a keynote speech by Khalilah Sabra, the event will also discuss current events that have increased rhetoric against these communities among others along with possible ways to cope with this problematic environment and seek to better it at least on a campus level if not greater.


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