News and Perspectives
Register now for the first ever University of Minnesota convening of Minnesota's education leaders, researchers, policy makers, and non-profit organizations committed to improving educational equity, June 20 and 21, 2016.
Before you go: Join the conversation. Upon registration, you'll become a member of an online community that will help shape the event by discussing current issues and sharing what's working in your organizations and communities.
Day 1: Be inspired. Hear from national leaders on actions they're taking to bring about educational equity in their communities. Meet the speakers.
Day 2: Develop an action plan.Work in groups to identify perspectives on what's working and what's not to close gaps and break down barriers across age groups (children, adolescents, and young adults) and contexts (schools, communities, and larger society).
Following the event:You’ll leave with actions you can take and a support system of others dedicated to educational equity in Minnesota.
Following are some methods diversity experts suggest to help overcome common challenges in designing an effective agenda: take ownership; involve the entire faculty, not just the usual suspects; engage students; have the tough conversations; and hold people accountable. Read the Chronicle of Higher Education story.
Building a University of Minnesota workforce that better reflects the diversity of the state and local communities takes commitment and no small amount of elbow grease. Simply advertising that you’re an equal opportunity employer isn’t enough.
Recently, the University made additional investments in its diversity recruitment efforts. With strong support from University leadership, the Office of Human Resources last summer formed a new Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Team. Headed by Laura Negrini, director of talent acquisition in OHR, the team is composed of three diversity and inclusion recruiters: Marvin Banks, Simone Brown Thunder, and Patricia Izek. Their mission is to help University hiring managers build more diverse pools of qualified applicants and to enhance the University’s reputation as an employer of choice for job seekers.
Uyenthi Tran Myhre is making a difference in her role as the assistant director of the University of Minnesota Women’s Center. Uyenthi, who has a master’s degree in educational psychology, has helped make the Women’s Center more effective and its resources more well-known. Read the full profile.
A University of Minnesota Extension project received nearly $1 million in new grant funding from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve the health of our nation’s children. The Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors project aims to prevent obesity among Latino adolescents by engaging families, especially fathers or other male caregivers in the household. The multidisciplinary team working on this project includes faculty from several different departments at the University; Extension educators from Health and Nutrition, Family Relations, and Family Resource Management; SNAP Ed educators; and Latino community leaders. Read the full story.