News and Perspectives
Amid complaints over insufficient funding for some ethnic studies departments at the University of Minnesota, a student group is looking to boost interest in the programs. Read the Minnesota Daily story.
Don't be misled by Brenda Her's kind demeanor and petite stature. The second-year medical student, Dean's Scholar, and Tae Kwon Do green belt is a force to reckon with. The oldest of 11 children in a traditional Hmong family, Her says she was raised under a different set of expectations than her brothers were. Read the story.
"“Imagine if the only history you were taught was somebody else’s history,” says Dr. Keith Mayes. “When we started offering high school students classes in black history and culture, we learned they became more engaged in all of their classes. And once that light comes on, it stays on.” Read and watch more.
by Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Recent local, national, and international events have provoked anger, fear, and, in some, despair. We are all affected by these events, individually and as a community. I write today to ask that we find ways to work together to respond constructively to our feelings of anger, to take steps that will assuage our fears, to work together in a way that will engender hope for constructive change.
We need to listen to one another, to take seriously the unique histories that shape and inform varied perspectives. We need to acknowledge, respect, and constructively negotiate our differences, as we work together to develop solutions to our problems--the problems of our world and our campus. Read the complete message.