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Making a Difference in the Latino Community

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

María Emilce López arrived at the idea for a new service-learning course in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies after she had a medical incident and had to spend some time in a hospital. While there, she realized that there was a large disparity between the access she had to medical care as a competent English speaker and the access Spanish speakers in the Twin Cities Hispanic communities who were not proficient in English had. This experience and the community work that  another senior teaching specialist in the department, Kathleen Ganley, was doing inspired López to develop her own course focused on serving the Latino community in a medical capacity. Read the full story from CLA.


Faculty Cluster Hires Underway for Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) in CLA is in the process of hiring four faculty positions in RIGS disciplines. Nearly 400 applications were submitted this fall. Beginning last November, the finalists have been invited to campus for interviews and public presentations. The next three presentations will be held Feb. 8 and 9. More information can be found in this CLA story and in the flyers included in this post.

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Office Hours with Dr. Katrice Albert, Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity

Monday, January 25, 2016

Do you want to share a concern, or ask a pressing question about diversity and inclusion? You can sign up for office hours with the Vice President for Equity and Diversity, Katrice Albert. Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged. Drop-ins will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click here to learn more and to pre-schedule a fifteen minute appointment. Please note that group requests are limited to four people and must be pre-scheduled. Call (612) 624-0594 if you need assistance. 


A Degree That Prepared Him for the World

Friday, January 22, 2016

“I always knew there was a problem of oppression and white supremacy that plagued black communities, but it was through my undergraduate experience as an African American & African studies major that I was able to really think about and shape long term solutions.”

DeSean Smedley is one of the many great thinkers and activists who found their sense of self through the skills and experiences gained from majoring in African American & African studies (AA&AS). A native of Oakland, California, Smedley came to the University of Minnesota with a plethora of life experiences that shaped the way he understood the reality of black life in America. He decided to major in AA&AS because he was able to validate his experiences through the wealth of black intellectual thought introduced to him by his coursework and close relationships with professors.

Read the full story from CLA.


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