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President Kaler's statement on free speech: putting our principles into practice

Monday, February 26, 2018

To the University community,

At the University of Minnesota we are committed to providing an environment where opposing points of view, critical thinking, and disagreements can occur in a productive and respectful manner. As is happening at universities across the country, we have to grapple with and find ways to manage differences of opinion.  


Child Development Center closure postponed as we pursue alternatives

Monday, February 26, 2018

The following message was sent on Feb. 23 from President Eric W. Kaler to all faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus.

Dear Colleagues,

I have heard your concerns about the proposed closing of the Child Development Center (CDC), the childcare center on the Twin Cities campus.  And so today, Provost Karen Hanson and I asked CEHD Dean Jean Quam to postpone the closing of the CDC until we have an alternative, or alternatives, in place to allow for a smooth transition for children and, potentially, for staff.

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Minnesota Student Association (MSA) advocates for students facing uncertainty due to DACA, TPS or the Travel Ban

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

One of the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) priorities this year is to advocate for University students facing uncertainty with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), reversal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or the Travel Ban. Their efforts include:

1. Unanimously passed a resolution which asked the University:


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