News and Perspectives
"The Bell Museum is using a University of Minnesota micro-grant to increase support for visitors with autism and other sensory challenges.
With funds from the Campus Climate Micro-Grant program,the Bell Museum will establish stations with sensory kits across the museum to improve access to exhibits and programs for visitors who are affected by overwhelming environments. The kits will include items such as weighted blankets, fidget toys, timers and sound-dampening headphones."
The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is now accepting spring funding proposals for the Faculty Driven initiative. The program provides funding for faculty to develop programs that strengthen the University’s diverse community of scholars. The fall application deadline is March 30.
Editors note: Below is the first part of the University of Minnesota Asian American Studies Program statement on campus climate and COVID-19 related racism and xenophobia. Be sure to click on the link here or at the bottom to read the full statement, list of co-signers, and links to additional information and resources.
March 4, 2020
"The Multicultural Student Success Committee at the University of Minnesota is working to create more support programs to improve retention rates for students of color.
Following the committee’s formation in August 2018, the Board of Regents was recently updated on the progress of the initiatives. These efforts include a program to provide meal and housing scholarships to underrepresented students, in addition to the hiring of success coaches for low-income students."