News and Perspectives
The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries has been named inaugural recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT). The award was established to honor a library, librarian, library staff member, library board and/or library friends groups who serve the GLBT community. Nominees are judged based on innovation, impact, sustainability and advocacy. Read the full story.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) news host Tom Weber met with three student leaders at the University of Minnesota to discuss life on campus, increased student activism and their hopes for 2016. The students are Javaris Bradford, president of the Black Student Union; Ken Gonzalez, an organizer with APIs for Equity and Diversity; and Abeer Syedah, vice president of the Minnesota Student Association. Read the MPR story and listen to the audio here.
Join members of the U of M Black Faulty and Staff Association for a 3-part series of discussions around "The Invisible Labor of Minority Professors". Session 1: Tue. Feb 9, 12:00 - 1:00pm, 41 Appleby Hall.
Friday, January 22, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Yudof Hall Clubroom. Have you heard of an archipelago country that has more than 10,000 islands, 300 ethnic groups, and 700 languages living in harmony? This country is Indonesia, a very diverse nation that lives with the idea of "Unity in Diversity." You can learn more about Indonesia and its vibrant cultures through Samll World Coffee Hour. More information here.
The University of Minnesota defines diversity as not only a driving force, but a necessary condition for academic excellence. A diverse student body contributes to a rich graduate education experience – one in which students with vastly different backgrounds and experiences come together to learn, research, and create new knowledge.
But for many students who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education – and may be unaccustomed to the state’s climate, customs. and culture – making a smooth transition to the land of lakes, mosquitos, midwestern winters, and the culture of “Minnesota Nice” can be difficult.
The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program is an initiative that aims to make these students aware of the opportunities available and to ease their transition into graduate school at the University of Minnesota.