News and Perspectives
About 20 University of Minnesota students rallied outside Coffman Union on Monday afternoon to demand equal representation for Asian students in parts of the administration following a wave of changes in a school multicultural center. The group, Asian and Pacific Islanders for Equity and Diversity, is demanding that the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) be more transparent and better reflect the Asian student body.
During Welcome Week for the Class of 2019, 3,000 new students attended the updated Respect U event, which teaches students about critical issues important to the campus community. Watch the 14 minute video.
David R. Williams, a Harvard sociologist who studies the effects of implicit bias on health, said of the new characterization of Atticus Finch. “As an American raised in this society with negative implicit biases against black people, you are not a bad person. You are simply a normal American. We have to come to grips with the reality that this racism is so deeply embedded in our culture that it shapes how we see the world, it shapes our beliefs, our behavior, our actions toward members of other groups. We have to examine ourselves in a profound way.” You are invited to join others on campus for a discussion on these topics, including "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" and "White Fragility." Mon. Oct 5, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 151 Ford Hall, Free. Sponsored by President’s Coalition for a Respectful U
The annual Equity and Diversity breakfast brings together alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities to recognize the students, faculty, and staff who are reaffirming the U's commitment to equity and diversity. Registration and more information