News and Perspectives


Provost's Conversation Series focused on human rights

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I write to invite you to engage with me and others in some collective conversations about individual well-being and our prospects for community. Disturbing events—around the country and on the edge of our campus—have made especially urgent perennial questions about how we can contribute to a more inclusive society, one where each of us has access to the opportunities that lead to productive, satisfying, and meaningful lives.


Immigration: The Asian-American Perspective

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Friday, Oct. 21, 3-5 pm, Coffman Union 226. Sponsored by the Asian-American Student Union

The workshop will take a historic perspective of immigration and how it is embedded in xenophobia and racism. In the midst of our current political climate, immigration has been a highly debated topic that has evoked much attention and emotions. Join ASU as we discuss this topic and how Asian Americans are directed involved and affected by the rhetoric of anti-immigrant oppositions.

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Data received from Bias Response Team shows racism, homophobia on campus

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response Team has responded to 25 incidents ranging from allegedly discriminatory tweets to an instructor allegedly perpetuating stereotypes about Asians since the group was formed last January.

Out of the 25 incidents reported to the team, students and faculty members were referred to other campus offices 20 times and contacted directly by the BRT five times. The reports and responses — which were obtained through a public records request — demonstrate the wide-range of incidents the BRT has responded to.

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Finally, U contracts give minority vendors a break

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rick Harris had the experience — more than 30 years in furniture sales and manufacturing in California.

And he'd obtained the certifications needed to become a registered Targeted Business vendor for the University of Minnesota when he moved to the Twin Cities six years ago.

Firms on the Targeted Business list are certified as high-quality vendors owned by people with whom the university wants to do more business, such as women, people of color or persons with disabilities. But for two years, he was unable to win any university contracts.


Student Counseling Services Offers Initial Counseling Appointments on West Bank

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beginning Thursday October 13, Student Counseling Services, in collaboration with the Law School, began offering initial counseling appointments on the West Bank campus. The appointments, which are available to all West Bank students, give students an opportunity to meet with a counselor, discuss mental health, academic and career concerns, and receive referrals to appropriate campus resources. Students can schedule a West Bank initial appointment by calling the Student Counseling Services Appointment line, 612-624-3323.   


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