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U Responds to Orlando Tragedy

Monday, June 13, 2016

The following message was sent by President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Katrice A. Albert to faculty, staff and students across the University system:

Dear friends and colleagues,

This weekend, a tragic act of senseless violence took place at a nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49 victims and injuring more than 50. Our thoughts go out to the families and communities most impacted by these events, and we support Orlando in this time of mourning.

This is an especially painful occurrence, as it took place during the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride month and during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. We are saddened by this extreme violence targeted towards LGBT communities, as well as the terrible Islamophobic responses emerging in the wake of this tragedy.

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Gathering at noon today in solidarity with Orlando

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dear Community Members,

On behalf of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly GLBTA Programs Office), our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Our office will be holding a gathering of community to mourn and stand in solidarity today, June 13th, from noon-2pm in Appleby 40 and 41. Please join us. 

We are horrified by this extreme violence, and all forms of violence targeted towards LGBTQIA communities and other marginalized identities. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends, loved ones, and families of the victims. Violence towards LGBTQIA people has been prevalent throughout history and continues to threaten our health, wellbeing, and ability to thrive. As we navigate these days ahead, seeking healing and resolve, please take care. Take care of yourself, your neighbors, friends, family, whomever you encounter. Our communities have a rich and powerful history of resilience that is seen our everyday in our lived experiences. As we move forward, our sole assertion will be to continue to heal.

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Summit to prevent campus sexual assault kicks off in St. Paul

Thursday, June 9, 2016

When a sexual assault happens on a college campus, the victim's report can trigger simultaneous investigations: One by the institution and another by police.

Federal law requires schools to investigate, but gives little guidance beyond that. And college administrators have trouble working the highly emotional process in with their regular duties, leaving some victims frustrated.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault kicks off a two-day summit at Metro State University in St. Paul — the first of its kind in the state — to help schools understand new and existing laws, update policies and improve prevention efforts.

The U is mentioned and Kim Hewitt, Title IX coordinator, is quoted.

Read or listen to the MPR story.

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Minneapolis strengthens transgender equity efforts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Officials have taken steps to cement transgender representation in Minneapolis by formalizing a commission that provides input on city matters — like gender-neutral bathrooms.

Late last month, City Council members voted to solidify the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group as a city commission. The group includes representatives from multiple city departments and a local LGBTQ rights organization, OutFront Minnesota.

Andrea Jenkins, University of Minnesota Transgender Oral History Project, is quoted.

Read the Minnesota Daily Story. Photo credit: Minnesota Daily

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J.B. Mayo, Jr. Receives Research Award for “Uncovering Queer Spaces in the Harlem Renaissance”

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Each year, the  Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy grants Multicultural Research Awards that “transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.”  Associate Professor in Curriculum & Instruction, J.B. Mayo, Jr., received one of the prestigious grants for his proposal to integrate LGBTQ history into the social studies curriculum that covers the Harlem Renaissance. Read the full CEHD story.

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