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U partnership takes a different tack in addressing achievement gap: asking kids what works

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The University of Minnesota is taking a novel approach to tackling the state’s persistent achievement gap: they’re asking the students for help.

A partnership between the U of M, St. Paul Public Schools and the district’s afterschool community network Sprockets is wrapping up a five-month-long pilot project Wednesday [May 4] at Northrop Auditorium, where it will showcase their results along with a handful of personal videos created by the students who participated.

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Hodson Hall Takes Big Step Toward Potty Parity

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

By Deane Morrison

When a woman in Hodson Hall needs a restroom, she may have a long way to go. There are two women’s and two men’s restrooms in Hodson Hall (and one all-gender, accessible restroom). 

That may sound like parity, but the women’s restrooms have just one stall, while the men’s restrooms have a stall and a urinal. That makes a 2:1 ratio in favor of men.

“The national building code standard requires a 2:1 female-male ratio of toilets,” says Peg Lonnquist, director of the U’s Women’s Center. “Internationally, the ratio is three to one.”

Hodson Hall female faculty and staff (65 percent of people working in Hodson are female) sometimes make the trek to the next building to avoid the long lines due to the insufficient numbers of restrooms. 

The good news is that this summer, Hodson’s women’s rest rooms will double in capacity. Due to advocacy from the Women’s Center, Fallon, and Christy and the work of Facilities Management collaborators, approval has been secured to add one stall each to the two women’s rooms, bringing equality if not parity. 

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Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Programs

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Programs engage faculty in significant course design or redesign to infuse global, international, and intercultural learning into their course design and delivery. Applications are now being accepted and materials are due May 27, 2016. For more information about the ITL Faculty Cohort programs, please contact Gayle Woodruff, gwoodruf@umn.edu. More information about the program and an application can be found here.

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Breaking the Care Barriers - CUHCC celebrates 50 years of service

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One day in early April 2016, Roli Dwivedi, M.D., was puzzling about why medications weren't controlling a Laotian patient's diabetes.

As medical director of the Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) (CUHCC; rhymes with "duke"), a joint University of Minnesota-community primary care clinic in Minneapolis, Dwivedi reached out to the patient, who is in her 50s. In a long conversation through an interpreter, Dwivedi teased out the real problem: the patient's isolation and lack of understanding of her condition.

"I asked her what she knew about diabetes, and she started crying," recalls Dwivedi. "She said, 'I have no schooling. I grew up in the mountains. I never heard anything about what diabetes is.'

"I asked about her support system, and she said 'You.' And her pharmacist at CUHCC." 

When Dwivedi explained that diabetes complications like blindness and amputation could mean living in a nursing home, the patient agreed to come in to CUHCC every day for two weeks. Thanks to the efforts of Dwivedi and the CUHCC care team, she is learning to manage her diabetes.

By delivering this level of care, CUHCC staff break through divides of poverty, language, race, and culture. The majority of the staff are people of color, as are most of the patients, many of whom hail from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, as well as the United States. Founded by the University's Department of Pediatrics in 1966, CUHCC is celebrating 50 years of fighting the good fight: for the poor, the uninsured, the former refugees—and against lingering racially and socioeconomically based health care disparities.

CUHCC patients receive a full range of primary medical and dental services—including outpatient mental health services—from University doctors, nurses, dentists, health professions students, and other practitioners. Dwivedi herself is an assistant professor in the U's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Patients who need more advanced care receive appointments through University of Minnesota Physicians.

Read the full story here.

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Support group for survivors of sexual assault or abuse who identify as male

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Aurora Center will be offering a new support group this summer for survivors of sexual assault or abuse who identify as male. This support group is free and confidential. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact The Aurora Center at aurora@umn.edu or 612-626-2929, or stop by Appleby Hall 117. 24-hour helpline: 612-626-9111.

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