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Global staff go inSIDE first

Thursday, March 8, 2018

By Deane Morrison

Staff of the University’s Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance seek to bring the benefits of greater internationalization and enhanced global literacy to our campus.

But while equity and diversity issues are implicit in internationalization efforts, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for introspection about how the GPS Alliance staff can become more inclusive and equitable when interacting with each other and those they serve.

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Students aim to change name of Coffman Memorial Union

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Name changes. We've seen the names of buildings and historic landmarks change names or move.

In Minneapolis, the city recently changed the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska. And now, students at the University of Minnesota are calling to change the name of Coffman Memorial Union which bears the name of its fifth president, Lotus Coffman.

Students say they want the name changed after a recent exhibit revealed a discriminatory act in the school’s history.


MyU to allow gender and pronoun identification in database

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Students and employees at the University of Minnesota will soon be able to add a gender identity and preferred pronouns to their records on MyU.

PeopleSoft — the University’s human records database — will add the new functions in June, among other changes in a planned upgrade. 

The new tools are in response to students, faculty and staff working toward a more inclusive climate for people of varying gender identities, said Julie Selander, director of One Stop Student Services and leader of the project.


Body Positive: Finding Self-Love as a Trans Woman of Color

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Friday, March 23rd, 12pm-1pm, Appleby Hall, Room 103

Ikal Avila will discuss her journey as a young trans woman of color navigating systems of oppression and how she came to love her body and live authentically.

Queer X is an educational initiative of the GSC, which will deliver critically important topics and conversations that impact the LGBTQIA Community. This is one of many the many engaging events and discussions that we offer.


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