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U's new digital platform makes black history archives accessible

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The U is starting to make collections like the Givens Collection of African-American Literature accessible online. It has launched an ambitious project, called Umbra Search, to make it easy to search not only its own collection, but hundreds of African-American archives across the country. All at once. Read the Star Tribune story.

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GLBTRT selects the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

On June 27, Kris Kiesling, representing the U's  Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies accepted the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community at the Amercian Library Association annual conference. More information about this prestigious award can be found in this story from the U Libraries.


Professor Cynthia Zwicky Fosters Restorative Practices in Schools

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cynthia Zwicky, professor in the elementary education program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, presented an Advanced Circle Keeper’s Training as part of the annual Restorative Practices in Schools trainings, June 20-24. The trainings are a collaboration between the Legal Rights Center and the Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center.

A restorative school is centered on relationships, building community and repairing harm. Multiple practices provide multi-tiered levels of support for students, staff and family. The Advanced Circle Keeper training is designed for people who already practice restorative justice, typically in a school setting. ”I have found the practice to be a key component of interrupting the school to prison pipeline and in reducing racial disproportionality in suspension,” says Zwicky.


New Pipeline Program Leads Broadly Diverse Candidates to Medical School

Monday, June 27, 2016

By Brooks Jackson, Dean of the Medical School/Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Minnesota

Minnesota needs a physician workforce that is as diverse as its population. Plain and simple.

Our role in providing this talent is critical, but it is also complex.

We need to not only attract and admit top candidates from broadly diverse backgrounds, but to retain them through residency and practice as well.

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Gay Minnesota Muslims seek community in Orlando's aftermath

Saturday, June 25, 2016
These two U folks are part of this important story. Read and watch the video.
“It has put our identity at the center of the conversation in this way we never expected,” said Nasreen Mohamed, a Muslim who identifies as queer and gender nonconforming. “It’s almost like people are bewildered that queer Muslims exist.”
"After the shooting, Qais Munhazim felt as if he didn’t have either community to turn to for support. Among the LGBT community, he’s been asked about his religion and nationality. “They look at me like I’m responsible,” he said. He can’t talk about how he feels with his family back in Kabul, because he hasn’t told them about his sexuality. “I feel like I don’t belong to any of them, no matter how much I want to be part of all of these,” he said.


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