News and Perspectives
By Mark Engebretson
As a child, Lisa Vecoli played “hide-and-seek” with her brother in the library stacks at the University of Minnesota, while waiting for her father to finish his work day at the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC). Rudi Vecoli had moved his family to Minnesota in 1967 to become the first director of the IHRC — a position he held for 38 years.
A new poll of college presidents finds strong support for free expression on campus, and strong opposition to the tactic -- seen on a number of campuses in the last year -- of shouting down controversial speakers.
The poll of 471 college presidents was released today by the American Council on Education. Seventy-eight percent of those responding were at four-year colleges and universities.
The Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota is calling for more staff, programming and funding during April in response to increasing student needs.
The Fund Aurora campaign will go through the second half of April, coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month efforts, which started with an on-campus candlelight vigil Friday night. Several campus groups are also running separate efforts to support the center.
The College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota held a workshop Saturday morning to explore diversity and better integrate underrepresented students into the college.
The event — called Inclusivity in CSE — was attended by about 30 students and several faculty members. During the two and a half hour event organized by CSE students, attendees engaged in activities to discuss privilege and a poetry writing session.
Over a three day period this week, students in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota were given the opportunity to share stories of difficulties under-resourced or marginalized students may face in their courses.
The initiative — called Our Voices Matter — was held from Monday to Wednesday and collected over 100 stories. The project was created to push SPH to address diversity and disparities in public health.