News and Perspectives


Potty Politics: North Carolina's HB 2 and Why It Matters During an Election Year

Monday, April 11, 2016

by Zein Murib

[On March 30], the North Carolina General Assembly convened an emergency session that cost the taxpayers of that state forty thousand dollars. The reason? To pass HB 2, officially known as the Public Facility Privacy and Security Act, or the “Charlotte bathroom bill.”

What is HB 2? And why should we care about it? This piece gives a brief overview of HB 2, particularly as it pertains to transgender people accessing bathrooms.

Read the full commentary on the Department of Political Science website.

Zein Murib is a Politcal Science grad student and fellow.


'Not Just Words' Panel: A Discussion on Campus Climate

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14th at 6 PM at the Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union

Words are more than just words. Come join a panel of both students and staff to discuss the U of M campus climate. This event marks the end of a week-long campaign, Not Just Words. The goal of the campaign and the panel is to create critical dialogue around subtle but hurtful statements directed at marginalized populations. Come with questions and an open mind. There will be a chance to share your stories as well! Mesa Pizza will be served!

This event concludes a week-long campaign to raise awareness about microaggressions on campus sponsored by MSA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.


Men of Color Think Tank

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Men of Color Think Tank will take place April 21-22, 2016.  

At this special event, the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity brings together faculty and staff at the U of M and surrounding institutions, as well as thought leaders from community organizations to break down the myths surrounding men of color and education.

The Men of Color Think Tank will feature roundtables for planning and mapping the road forward and a keynote presentation by Dr. Samuel (Sam) Museus. Dr. Museus is an associate professor at Indiana University-Bloomington, director of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project, and national expert on understanding the racial, cultural, structural factors that affect the experiences and outcomes of diverse populations in higher education. Museus is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota.

For more information and to register. There is also a Facebook event invitation.


An Empire’s State of Mind: Muslims, Race and the Surveillance State

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Peik Hall room 355. Dr. Arshad I. Ali will provide our faculty and students an opportunity to learn more about issues facing Muslim and transnational youth. Dr. Ali will also conduct a workshop for students on April 22nd. The workshop will focus on ethical dilemmas of doing research in a high surveillance environment. 


Lavender Celebration for LCBTQ graduates is May 2

Monday, May 2, 2016

Calling All LGBTQ Graduates!  Be recognized for your hard work and accomplishments! Lavender Celebration 2016. Monday, May 2nd from 6-8pm in Mississippi Rm, CMU.  RSVP Required for certificate. Contact Sameera to RSVP.  Free food, awards ceremony, entertainment, celebrate with friends and family!


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