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Costume Choices

Thursday, October 27, 2016

It happens on many college campuses every Halloween. Attending a party, a white student will wear a Native American headdress. A fraternity, its members dressed in blackface, will throw a “ghetto party.” A group of students -- or even college administrators -- will don sombreros and fake mustaches. Inevitably, photographs of the costumes will end up on Instagram or Twitter, with those posing unaware or unconcerned about the hurt these costumes cause. The resulting attention leads to embarrassment for the college and sets off racial tensions among students.

Colleges brace themselves for such controversies every year, and this Halloween is no different, with several institutions proactively encouraging students to avoid offensive and culturally insensitive costumes. At a time of frequent college protests over racism, the pre-emptive approach has the support of many multicultural groups and centers on campuses. But institutions are also facing criticism, backlash and mockery over what critics consider to be a chilling of free speech and coddling of overly sensitive students.

Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed.

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Applications sought for disparities in African American men’s health research

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) is requesting applications for translational and community-based research projects focusing on health disparities for African American men, including chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, hepatitis C, unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, and head injuries in athletes. The center will fund five projects with awards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. The center will connect investigators with national and community local partners.

Feminist Friday: Art of Arguing

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, Oct. 28, 12-1:30 pm, Walter Library

What can we do when friends' or family's words wound or leave us vulnerable? Do we want to be right, or effective? Can we be both? Learn how to navigate those difficult conversations with dignity and respect. Facilitated by Katie H. Eichele, Director, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Held in 101 Walter Library. RSVP encouraged.

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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Resources

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is available to all staff, students and participants in university-related activities across the entire University of Minnesota system. Our office helps to help resolve issues or concerns involving discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, nepotism, and retaliation.


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