News and Perspectives
RIGS and the College of Liberal Arts are delighted to announce that we will have four new colleagues join us in Fall 2016 as part of the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to the faculty, students, and staff who worked with us on the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. We are excited that all of our efforts have resulted in the hiring of this group of scholars, who will spark new research, courses, creative work, and community engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the University.
CORE 2025 or C2025 is an early outreach, high-touch cohort pipeline program with the objective of building a larger pipeline of academically prepared, college-ready multicultural students. As the state’s land grant research university, we believe the University of Minnesota has a responsibility to educate andprepare the state’s future thought leaders in business and industry, across multiple fields. In order to meet Minnesota’s future workforce needs, we must ensure that U of M graduates represent the growing diversity of the population of our state.
Yesterday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that charges will not be filed against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark. Many members of our campus community are engaged in the local dialogue around Jamar Clark’s death and the larger national dialogue around issues of race and policing. Many members of our campus community have been emotionally impacted by yesterday’s announcement. These are times when we as a campus community can create spaces for dialogue and engagement.
This student film explores "anti-blackness" in the Muslim community. The film makers made this video specifically to highlight the anti blackness within the Muslim community while also recognizing that this is an issue that spans communities around the world and looks slightly different everywhere.
The following email message was sent to faculty, staff and students on the Twin Cities campus by Katrice Albert, Vice President for Equity and Diversity; and Bernard Gulachek, Interim Vice-President and Chief Information Officer. A similar message was sent to the system campuses:
The newly-formed Bias Response Team recently received notice about a graphic, anti-Semitic and racially charged flyer that was discovered on a printer in one of our University departments. Since that initial notice, we have learned that the same flyer has appeared on a number of other printers throughout the Twin Cities campus and on printers at other universities across the US.
University Information Security has determined that the messages are coming from an external source and is working with the Office of Information Technology to reconfigure printers and related equipment in order to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.
The University condemns racial, ethnic and religious bigotry. In moments like this, we must reaffirm our community's commitment to a safe working and learning environment for all.