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THIS FRIDAY: Critical Conversations

Friday, April 19, 2013
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library)
West Bank campus

Free and open to the public

WHY I LEFT HOME: Stories about Migration, Immigration, and Globalization

The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation lists the US as the leading destination for permanent immigrants. People emigrate for complex reasons - war, natural disaster, economic opportunity - and deal with many obstacles in pursuit of a new home. Engage in a conversation among professionals trying to assist new immigrants, some of whom will sharetheir own stories even as they have become professionals living aspects of the American dream.

PanelistsMayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO of the Wilder Foundation; John KellerExecutive Director, Immigrant Law Center; Juventino MezaDirector, NAVIGATE Minnesota; Ahmed YusufSomali community activist and author of Somalis in Minnesota

ModeratorLouis MendozaAssociate Vice Provost, University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

These sessions are excellent opportunities for in-depth exploration of the key issues we work with as professionals within OED.  I hope you will take time to participate in this important discussion and to SPREAD THE WORD to your networks of students, staff, faculty, and community members!

  • See the University Libraries companion page to this event to check out library resources and collections highlights.
  • Learn more at, or contact Anne Phibbs at or 612-625-9973.
  • To request disability accommodations for this event, or to obtain this material in an alternate format, contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680.

Save the Date! Upcoming OED Events

Critical Conversations
The Nice Slice: Capitalism, the One Percent, and the Occupy Movement
Friday October 26, 2012
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
120 (Givens Conference Room) Elmer L. Andersen Library (West Bank)

The 2008 banking crisis, growing class inequalities, and the foreclosure crisis all present challenges for global capitalism. The recession and high unemployment have contributed to the rise of two opposing movements: the Tea Party and Occupy Movement. Join us to examine these recent events, and their relationship to class, the history of labor, and public policy.

Panelists: Rose Brewer, Professor, University of Minnesota Department of African-American & African Studies; Nick Espinosa, Occupy Homes Minnesota Movement; Christopher Phalen, Professor and Chair, University of Minnesota Department of Economics; Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College.

Moderator: Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality.

To request disability accommodations, please contact Anne Phibbs, OED,, 612-625-9973.

Dare to Be Powerful: Assertiveness for Equity 
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
120 Coffey Hall (St. Paul Campus)

How do you step up to be heard while being respectful? How do you stop sexist language or comments from a colleague? How do you respond when someone says, "Lighten up, it was just a joke"? In this interactive workshop, participants learn assertiveness skills, practice personal and professional bystander interventions, and become more powerful allies! 

The workshop is free and open to the public, but please register online at, as space is limited.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Women's Center,, 612-625-9837.

Equity & Diversity in the Search Process
Tuesday October 30, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop describes how to incorporate equity and diversity throughout all stages in the search process, including writing a position description and interview questions, using diverse recruiting sources, understanding your unit?s Affirmative Action goals and workforce statistics, and record keeping. 

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Felecia Franklin at or 612/624-9547 at least two weeks prior to the event. Audience: All staff involved in searches Time: 3.5 hours

OED Certificate Workshops
Workshop 9: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access
Thursday October 25, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity
Monday October 29, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Minnesota Commons St. Paul Student Center

Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees
Tuesday October 30, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
120 (Givens Conference Room) Elmer L. Andersen Library (West Bank)

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It's free of charge and open to students, faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. 

To request disability accommodations, please contact Ralph Blanco, OED,, 625-8680.