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A talk with Dr. Shakeer Abdullah, U of M Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Monday, March 21, 2016

Not unlike most mothers of her generation, Dr. Shakeer Abdullah’s mother pushed him early in life to put him on the career path that over two years ago, brought him to the University of Minnesota. The school’s assistant vice president for Equity and Diversity since December 2013 easily and proudly call his mother “the most influential” in his life. Read the full story on the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder website.


Diversity and Inclusion in Recruiting and the Workplace

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8th, 9:00-10:30am, Room 101 Walter Library, Please RSVP by April 4th:


Todd Williams, Senior Group Manager Corporate Relations, Target
Ederick Lokpez, CEO, Raices Media
Tasha Byers, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
Kendra Grunig, Rehabilitation Area Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, State of MN

Provide disability or other accommodation needs by contacting Leah Milojevic at directly with your request. 

Sponsored by The Career Development Network (CDN) Diversity Committee and Employer Relations Committee

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The Mental and Academic Costs of Campus Activism

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Maxwell C. Little wasn’t in a good place last fall. Many days he stayed up until 3 a.m. to meet with fellow founding members of Concerned Student 1950, the student group protesting racism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, going home for just a few hours and regrouping in the morning. He was tired all the time — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As the campus protests escalated, it became harder for Mr. Little to juggle being an activist and a full-time student. Meeting with administrators and other student groups and, eventually, going on a hunger strike took priority over schoolwork. He started missing classes and asking professors for extensions.

Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Lessons from Ferguson and Beyond: Bias, Health & Justice

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:00pm, Coffman Theater, Coffman Union. The police shootings of young Black men in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, and elsewhere have sparked a national conversation about race and justice. These shootings and this conversation remind us that racial bias, violence, job inequalities, and housing segregation all contribute to the health and health care disparities that have long plagued African American communities.

This talk by Prof. Sidney D. Watson, JD, St. Louis University School of Law, will explore these inequities and these inequalities, and the role that health law – particularly the Affordable Care Act – and grassroots advocacy can play in addressing racial bias in order to reduce health disparities and promote health justice. For more information and to registerA commentary will be offered by Dr. Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH (Director, Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota)


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