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UMN cautions against rising anti-Muslim rhetoric

Friday, December 18, 2015

When Bessma Dabaan headed off to the University of Minnesota this year, her mother warned her to wear a hood when she went out at night. That way, she said, her hijab would be harder to see. Later, in one of her classes, the Muslim 18-year-old said, a fellow freshman insisted on repeatedly showing her photos of armed U.S. soldiers. Her reaction? Intimidation. This, Dabaan fears, is the new normal for Muslims in America. Read the rest of the Pioneer Press story


Moving toward second-class citizenship with Congress' visa-waiver legislation

Friday, December 18, 2015

By Roozbeh Shirazi

It is possible that second-class citizenship for my loved ones and me will be the very last thing that Congress votes on in 2015. On Dec. 8, with support from the Obama administration, the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” was overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives. The Senate version now awaits a vote. Read the MinnPost community voices op-ed.

Roozbeh Shirazi is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

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Solidarity with Muslims in our community

Thursday, December 17, 2015

by President Eric W. Kaler

Recent public statements and harmful acts directed toward Muslims across the country are deeply disturbing. To see one group explicitly targeted by divisive rhetoric reminds us that we must purposefully and repeatedly assert the value of diversity and respectful exchange of ideas on our campus. 

The University of Minnesota relies on the integrity of all of its students, staff, and faculty members to create a truly exceptional teaching and learning environment.

Read the full message here.



Driven to be more diverse

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A diverse workforce of faculty and staff is fundamental to the University’s mission, values, and strategic vision. Hiring and Retaining top-notch  women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups is a top priority for many employers, and the University is implementing additional strategies to be seen as an employer of choice for these diverse candidates.

That was the message Kathy Brown, Vice President of the Office of Human Resources (OHR); Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert; and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson delivered Thursday (Dec. 10, 2015) to the Board of Regents’ Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee.


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"Perspectives" stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota.