News and Perspectives
Thursday, February 11, doors open at 11:30 a.m. Event starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Best Buy Theater, Northrop
In the past year we have seen protests in cities around the nation related to the deaths of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of the police; protests at colleges and universities related to a lack of diversity, including a strike by a football team; and an armed occupation of federal land in Oregon. In Minneapolis the death of an African-American man during an encounter with the police resulted in protests on Interstate 94, at the Mall of America and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, and an 18-day occupation of the 4th Precinct. At the University there have been several protests related to diversity over the past few years. The protests on campus, locally, and across the nation have led to many questions about the tactics used in protests, as well as their impact on change, and their appropriateness. Is there a right way to protest?
Big Questions is free and open to the public. Complimentary box lunches available for all guests following the event. This event will be recorded for future broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio News.
From the excellent New York Times story, University of Missouri Struggles to Bridge It's Racial Divide: "The terms 'campus climate' and 'inclusion' have taken off as diversity buzzwords. The University of Minnesota has established the Campus Climate Workgroup to study the problem and announced in January that it was creating a bias response team on the Twin Cities campus."
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Coffman Memorial Union - Mississippi Room. While the University of Minnesota is committed to an understanding of diversity that is both broad and inclusive—encompassing all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, as well as differences in sexual orientation and expression, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status and life experience—this year’s Graduate & Professional Education Assembly (GPEA) will provide an opportunity to focus on the role of historically underrepresented populations in U.S. post-baccalaureate education. For more information and to register.
Shakeer Abdullah, [University of] Minnesota's assistant vice president for equity and diversity, said since the establishment of his school's community, The Huntley House in 2012, grades among its residents have improved. He said it has also helped combat what is known as "onlyness," where a black man on campus frequently finds himself the only African-American member of a social or academic circle and is unfairly asked to represent his race.
"They get a chance to come back to the Huntley House and exhale," he said. "They get to realize 'I do belong here. Here's a strong group of folks who look like me, have experiences like me and we get to work through these things.'"
Read the full story from ABC news: UConn Setting up Living-Learning Community for Black Men