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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.

Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.

The Libraries will sponsor three events in 2013. The first event (a screening and discussion of "Prince Among Slaves") was April 8. There will be two more events during the Fall 2013 semester.  Watch the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the Diversity Outreach Calender website for updates on upcoming events.

Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium

Transforming Our Institutions: Advancing Inclusive Excellence Among Faculty in Higher Education

April 14-16, 2013

The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to develop, recruit, and retain faculty of color.

Diversity Through The Disciplines

Friday April 26, 2013        

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

101 Walter Library

Diversity through the Disciplines is a annual symposium showcasing the research of faculty who have received an Multicultural Research Award (formally President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award) from the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA).IDEA annually invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission "to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues." This initiative is one of several within IDEA that seeks to strengthen community and networking among scholars and researchers on campus. Since 1996 more than 1.5 million dollars have been awarded to140 recipients through the Multicultural Research Award. Diversity through the Disciplines is one way in which IDEA and faculty recipients share their research findings.

Fourth Annual
Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education
Internationalizing the Curriculum and Student Learning: 
Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century

Betty Leask, associate professor in internationalization at the University of South Australia, will give the 2012-13 Mestenhauser Lecture. Leask argues that universities have a responsibility to prepare all graduates to live and work in a global society. Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning play a central role in achieving this goal. Her lecture will explore issues related to internationalization and offer conceptual and practical solutions to these issues.

Friday, February 8, 2013 
2:00-4:00 p.m.; reception to follow 
3M Auditorium, CSOM Building 
Twin Cities campus

The lecture will also be streamed online.

Hands-On Workshops

Betty Leask will also lead an interactive and practical workshop on internationalizing the curriculum and student learning. The workshop will be offered twice:

Saturday, February 9, 2013
12:30-3:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Monday, February 11, 2013
3:00-6:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The workshops are free of charge to University of Minnesota faculty and staff; the
workshops are $50 for non-University of Minnesota attendees.

Registration now open:

For more details, see the Office for Equity and Diversity Events Calendar

In discussions of "diversity," not everyone recognizes that gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are important points of cultural difference that merit recognition and voice. Members of the University who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer often face isolation, silence, and invisibility. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn about GLBTQ identities and communities, and to identify strategies they can employ to create a more open and welcoming campus climate.
Growing out of a movement to increase access for people with disabilities, the term "universal design" refers to the concept of designing products and environments to be as accessible as possible for all users. Whether it's captioning, gender neutral restrooms, curb cuts or inclusive language, the work of equity and diversity involves paying attention to how we design our classrooms, labs, offices, residence halls, work, curricula, and events to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. In this workshop, participants learn key concepts of universal design and are given opportunities to assess the inclusivity of their own spaces, products, and communities.
Join us for an energetic & informative GLBT Ally 101 Training - open to anyone who wants to learn more about GLBT identities & ways to best serve students at the U.

Outcomes for this training include:
• Increase cultural competency & create inclusive environments for GLBT students at the U
• Explore how the intersectionality of identities (race, gender, class) impacts GLBT identities
• Provide guidelines & tips for creating solid conversations with our GLBT students
• Recognize levels of privilege & unintentional messages we may send to our GLBT students
• Hear stories & create a connection through personal perspectives

• RSVP required by Wed, Sept 19th to Frankie Jader at
• Room locations will be based on RSVP size

• All trainings are free & RSVP's will receive an email confirmation

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.

Upcoming Events from IDEA







APRIL 17, 2012
1:30-3:00 PM

The William G. Shepherd Room



A light reception will follow


This lecture is one

in a series of events for 
Gender Justice Week 2012

More Information HERE!

A discussion on the experiences of Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander 
LGBTQA as well as other current issues that are 
impacting the Hmong community.




(Shades of Yellow)


Moderated by Prof. Naomi Scheman





Shades of Yellow, Asian American Studies Department, 
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Programs Office 




APRIL 27, 2012
9:30am- 1:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union
Conference room 303


Continental Breakfast at 9:30am

Presentations begin at 10:00am






Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 
showcases the research conducted by 
IDEA Multicultural Research Awards. 

Leah McGuire
The Importance and Impact of Real Contexts in Test Items
Zenzele Isoke
Permissible Murders: Black Women, Premature Death and Urban Resistances
Luis Ramos-Garcia
Latino Artistic Expression in the United States: A Research Project
Katy Backes Kozhimannil
Diverse Experiences of Motherhood in U.S. Hospitals
Erika Busse
Threads in the Peruvian Transnational Family Fabric: 
Interweaving Gender and Ethnicity

Moin Syed
Developing a Multicultural Ideology
Cawo Abdi 
Divergent Migrations: Comparing Somali Experiences 
in America, South Africa and UAE

Enid Logan
Asian American and Latino Voters in the 2008 Election: 
The Politics of Color in the Racial Middle


International Finnish Deaf 
Hip-Hop Artist


Live and In Concert

May 3, 2011
McNamara Alumni Center


Doors Open

6:00pm University of MN students
6:30pm General public

7:30pm Performance begins

Cost: FREE!!!

 Autographs follow performance!

Signmark was born deaf into a world where music is for the hearing. He pursued his childhood dream and became the first deaf person in the world to get a record deal.

Signmark (a.k.a. Marko Vuoriheimo) started spreading his message over strong beats where hard, low frequencies and bass are playing a crucial part in his performance. These elements help him adapt to the rhythm as he proves; music is more than what you can hear!

Presented by

ASL House and the Deaf Student Ambassadors


Download the Signmark flyer.




European and U.S. Journalists Compare Reporting on Immigration and Immigrants in the Mediterranean and the Southwestern United States


April 27, 2012

4:30-6 p.m.

130 Murphy Hall

UMN East Bank

Program in Human Rights and Health 
recently sponsored a lecture on March 27 with

Saundra Crump
Minnesota Hartford Geriatric Nursing Education Scholar 
Principal, BioEthical Solutions, Inc.

Moderated by Kirk Allison

The recording can also be found at 
(www.phrh.umn.eduunder web and podcasts.

(Please load images) University of Minnesota GPS Alliance.
Internationalizing the Curriculum & Campus

Register Now!

The Third Annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses.

Organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC), Instructional Development Services (UMD), International Education Office (UMD), Office of Information Technology, and the University Libraries.

March 23, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
3M Auditorium, CSOM Building (map)
Twin Cities campus

More Information

Schedule, poster titles, and presentation topics are available at the conference website.

For more information, please contact Gayle Woodruff, director of curriculum and campus internationalization, at 612-625-6065 or Mandi Allers, conference coordinator, at 612-625-8829.

This email was sent by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

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The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

University of Minnesota Women's History Month Events


March 7
 STEP UP! Allies for Women's Equity (Workshop)
1:00 p.m., 325 Education Sciences Building
How do you respond to the rumors that women have reached equality? What can you to say when you hear a sexist joke or see unjust treatment? In this interactive workshop, participants increase their knowledge of women's status today, discuss language and privilege, gain assertiveness skills, and practice bystander interventions. Become a more effective ally! Register: (Leadership and Advocacy).

March 8 Miss Representation (Film Screening)
6:30 p.m., Theater, St. Paul Student Center 
Miss Representation
 (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Film followed by discussion facilitated by Dana Schowalter, Department of Communication Studies. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Co-sponsored with College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences - Office for Diversity and Inclusion. FFI:


March 9 Women in Afghanistan: Securing Their Future

6:30 p.m., Atrium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

David Cortright directs Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and co-authored Afghan Women Speak:  Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan. His talk will address International efforts to assist women and their mixed results: while Afghan women have achieved improvements in their health, education, and economic and political participation, escalating violence has eroded those gains in many provinces. Sponsored by the Center on Women and Public Policy and Women's Action for New Directions: Women Legislators Lobby. Free. Registration info:


March 21 Women and Politics Book Group 
5:00 p.m., 205 Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Center on Women and Public Policy welcomes all men and women, students, faculty, and staff, elected officials, community activists, and voracious readers to discuss Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in Elections 2008 edited by Liette Gidlow. "Election 2008 made American history, but it was also the product of American history. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin smashed through some of the most enduring barriers to high political office, but their exceptional candidacies did not come out of nowhere. In these timely and accessible essays, a distinguished group of historians explores how the candidates both challenged and reinforced historic stereotypes of race and sex while echoing familiar themes in American politics and exploiting new digital technologies." FFI:


March 26 Girls Like Us (Panel Discussion)

7:00 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

An important prelude to Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the Aurora Center, along with the Women's Center and others, sponsors this panel discussion regarding issues of race and privilege as it relates to domestic 

trafficking. People of all opinions are welcome! FFI:


March 29 Honoring the Earth, Transforming Our Communities: Winona LaDuke on Environmental Justice
6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 
Internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke will be speaking about her work regarding environmental justice and it's impact on human rights and social justice. Attendees can gain insight regarding questions like: What is environmental justice and what does it have to do with me? How does environmental justice go beyond "going green?" What can I do to affect change in my community? Co-sponsored with the Women's Student Activist Collective and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. RSVP:   

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