Welcome back! As we get ready to kick off the spring semester with our 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, we wanted to take some time to look back at some of the great things that happened in fall 2015!
- In 2015, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity for the fourth year in a row.
- Campus Pride, in 2015, named the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as one of the top 50 LGBTQ-friendly universities in the nation, marking four consecutive years that the U of M-Twin Cities has received this recognition.
- We profiled three faculty members who work with the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, highlighting their outstanding research and community engagement around grand challenges: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Erika Lee, and Priscilla Gibson
- The Women’s Center was – and continues to be – incredibly successful raising money for the Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo Scholarship via their #UMNFlawless and #UMNFeminist hats.
- Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our Disability Resource Center (DRC) continued to highlight its role as a national model and hosted a one-day Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) pre-conference in July. The DRC also launched an online disability training for instructors.
- We started the CORE 2025 program, an early outreach, high-touch cohort pipeline program with the objectives of building a larger pipeline of academically prepared, college-ready multicultural students and increasing the number of students who graduate from the University of Minnesota annually by 2025.
- We announced MCAE Forward, an updated vision for the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.
- We hosted our 2nd annual Greater Than 7 event during the first week of October. There were about 50 events and activities that took place across the Twin Cities campus, and the week kicked off with a thought-provoking panel about race and resistance movements.
- In November, the Office for Business & Community Economic Development sponsored the first Business Development Matchmaker designed to give women, people of color, disabled, and small business owners from Minnesota an opportunity to develop a business relationship with the University of Minnesota.
- We hosted the 8th Annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast, honoring our 10 Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity (SEED) Award recipients.
- In December, Vice President Katrice Albert, Vice President Kathy Brown and Provost Karen Hanson presented to the Board of Regents about our collective efforts to enhance diversity in hiring.
- The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) launched “Speak Up: Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence,” a training which includes important definitions, information on University policy, relevant scenarios, and strategies for an appropriate response to these complex problems.