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Trans* Awareness Project

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Several University Affiliated groups (including the University Libraries, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the GLBTA Programs Office, the Transgender Commission, and the QSCC) have collaborated to implement the Trans* Awareness Project. You may haven seen the posters and cards around campus, and maybe you have even already seen the TAP website.

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The Trans* Awareness Project is a poster and digital media campaign that attempts to challenge stereotypes and cultivate an environment which celebrates and respects people of all genders. This campaign aims to break down barriers between communities and establish positive social change by showcasing empowering snapshots of local trans* communities and bringing attention to the challenges that many trans* people face in daily life.

The TransAwareness Project website has electronic versions of all the campaign's posters as well as biographies for each participant.  The website also has a ton of resources including worksheets, book recommendations, and a streamlined FAQ section; all of which are intended to help us think more critically about gender and it's impact on our lives.

The Census Bureau will release the "American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF)".  This dataset will include for a total of 1,570 different indigenous nations and will be the largest data set for all of the American Indian and Alaska Native geographies that meet the population threshold of 100 people from the 2010 Decennial Census. There are going to be 70 tables of varying detail and subject matter for most of these geographies.

The data will be available on Thursday December 13 at 12:01 a.m at www.census.gov.  There will be no additional releases of AIAN data from the Decennial 2010 Census.

Increasing Access in the University Libraries

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International Student Panel
Monday, November 12 2:30-4:00
Location: TBD

In an effort to increase accessibility and usability of the library system for everyone, the University of Minnesota Libraries will be hosting a student panel featuring international students from diverse backgrounds to discuss the specific barriers that they face in utilizing our services. Students will explore their experiences with various library systems and discuss their expectations, needs, and perspective of the libraries.  Refreshments will be provided.

For disability services or access requests, Contact Jody Gray at grayjl@umn.edu.

Accessibility Resources Toolkit

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The Diversity Outreach Collaborative has developed a companion resource list on the DOC blog to the Invisible Disabilities Workshop held on May 10, 2012. 

The direct link is here:  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grayjl/doc/resources/disability-resources.html

For future reference, this site can be found linked on the Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc. tab of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative blog.

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Please spread the word!

Jody Gray
on behalf of the Diversity Outreach Collaborative

Intercultural Communication Workshop PowerPoint and Handouts

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The Diversity Outreach Collaborative sponsored an Intercultural Communications Workshop on November 3, 2011.  Thorunn Bjarnadottir, Director of Intercultural Education and Beth Isensee, Program Director for Student Engagement for International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)  provided a 2 hour session.  

Attached you will find pdf's of their powerpoint presentation along with two handouts provided at the workshop.  




I also wanted to send a quick reminder that the Diversity Outreach Collaborative supports International Outreach in many ways.  Some of the ongoing projects include:

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*All participants of the International Student Orientation Program received the English version of the brochure.
**To get copies of the brochures, please contact Jody Gray.



Fat Talk Free Week October 16-22

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Fat Talk Free Week, an extension of Reflections: Body Image Program, is an international campaign designed to engage members, campuses and communities in the conversation. Tri Delta is leading the way, taking a stance and declaring that it's time we take control over our own destinies, our own bodies, and our own inner dialogues.



  • Friends don't let friends Fat Talk. What can you say to those you hear 'Fat Talking' around you to help reduce fat talk among your friends.
  • What do you think women can do to resist pursuing the thin-ideal?
  • Write an open thank you letter to parts of your body. (i.e.,: Dear Legs, thank you for letting me run; dear arms, thank you for letting me pick up and hug a baby.)
  • In a recent Newsweek survey 57% hiring managers said qualified but unattractive candidates are likely to have a harder time landing a job; more than half advised candidates to spend as much time and money on "making sure they look attractive" as on perfecting a resume. Do you think this is a conscious choice by most hiring managers? Why or why not?
  • According to a study released in April 2010 the use of beauty products by teens and women is down 6 percents from 2008-2009. Specific product use, such as mascara doubled among teen girls. What type of pressures influence these trends? (NPD Group)
  • Retailers, such as Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren have been under extreme scrutiny for their extreme use of photo retouching in their advertising. Is photo-retouching an acceptable marketing method? What message do you think it sends to see such extreme changes to images?
  • What are your thoughts about advertising? In France they are considering requiring a warning on all photoshopped images. What are the repercussions, both positive and negative, of that type of warning? Do you think it would help promote positive body image or hinder it?
  • A recent Urban Outfitter t-shirt suggests that women should "Eat Less." How does a t-shirt like this damage body image and how can we challenge retailers that promote eating disordered behavior.


  • NEW Apple IOS Apps

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    Apple iDevices are opening up a whole new world for individuals with disabilities.  Disability Services and the Computer Accommodations Program are please to announce the availability of a new Accessible IOS Apps resource.  The resource contains information on nearly 200 apps in 25 categories.

    The apps included cover a wide range of functions and purposes from productivity
    and reference, to entertainment and adaptive technology.  Most are fully Voiceover (screen reader built into Apple IOS devices) accessible --  exceptions are noted in the app notes.  You are invited to check out the Accessible IOS Apps resource on the <a href="http://accessibility.umn.edu">accessibility.umn.edu</a> Web site.

    <a href="http://accessibility.umn.edu/accessible-ios-apps.html">http://accessibility.umn.edu/accessible-ios-apps.html</a>

    August 30-31, 2011

    Multicultural Kickoff (hosted by Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence)

     September 8, 2011

    The Consensual Project: From Hookups to Relationships

    Time: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    Location: The Whole Coffman Memorial Union

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    What turns you on? What turns you off? Are you interested in trying? The Consensual Project strives to inform students on the merits, strengths, and empowerment of consent. Free food and free sex toys. Dance party after!

    Sponsored by: Women's Student Activist Collective, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, Medical Students for Choice, University Pro-Choice Coalition, MPIRG, Health Advocates, SHADE, Womens Center, GLBTA Programs Office

     

    Circle of Indigenous Nations Open House

    Time: 11:30-1:00 PM

    Location: (3rd floor of Appleby Hall)

     

    2011 Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

     

    September 16, 2011

    American Indian Cultural House Fall Feast

    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Comstock Ballroom

     

    September 20, 2011

    Religious Accommodation

    Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Location: 655 West McNamara Alumni Center

    Cost: Free but registration required

    Description:

    The University has an obligation to prevent mistreatment based upon religious preference and to accommodate individuals for their religious needs. In this interactive workshop we will explore rights and responsibilities, University policies, and state and federal law pertaining to religious discrimination and reasonable accommodations. Gain insight into the type of claims that may arise and how requests for accommodation should be handled.

    Facilitators: Kimberly Hewitt, Maria Eustaquio

    Audience: Faculty, instructors, supervisors, managers, HR Pros, EOAA Liaisons.

    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

    Reservation Information:

    To register online go to http://www.eoaffact.umn.edu/services/training.html or call the EOAA Office at 612-624-9547. 

     

    MCAE St. Paul Open House

    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location: St. Paul Student Center

     

    Women Faculty of Color Fall Luncheon

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Carlson School of Management

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    You are invited! Please join other women faculty of color at the University to network, to share resources and strategies, and to learn about additional opportunities.

    We are being extra careful during these economic times. Help us by saying yes to lunch IF you are sure you can come, and calling IF you need to cancel. Thanks!

    RSVP by September 12 to women@umn.edu or 612-625-9837.

    Sponsored by: Womens Center

    Reservation Information:

    RSVP by September 12 to women@umn.edu or 612-625-9837.

     

    September 29, 2011

    Equity and Diversity in the Search Process

    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: 655 West McNamara Alumni Center

    Cost: Free but registration required

    Description:

    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 recordkeeping.

    Facilitators: Michael O'Day; Kim Boyd
    Audience: All University staff involved in the search process.

    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

    Reservation Information:

    To register online go to http://www.eoaffact.umn.edu/services/training.html or call the EOAA Office at 612/624-9547. 

     

    STEP UP! Allies for Women's Equity (Part 1)

    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Room 1-149 Carlson School of Management

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    How do you respond to the rumors that women have reached equality? What can you to say when you hear a sexist joke, or when you think someone is being put in an uncomfortable situation? In this interactive workshop, participants discuss their experiences, increase their knowledge of women's status today, think about intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and culture, discuss language and privilege, and practice bystander interventions. Leave with concrete tools to be more effective allies! Register online at http://workshop.umn.edu/Leadership_and_Advocacy/.

    Sponsored by: Womens Center

    Reservation Information:

    Register online at http://workshop.umn.edu/Leadership_and_Advocacy/.

     

    October 2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

     

    October 10, 2011

    Circle of Indigenous Nations: Pipe Ceremony

    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Location: Circle of Indigenous Nations, 3rd floor of Appleby Hall

     

    Developing Intercultural Skills and Competency

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Location: 530A STSS Bldg. East Bank

    Cost: $12.00; registration required

    Description:

    The ability to effectively serve and work with diverse populations and to create inclusive and multicultural organizations is dependent on our cultural competence. Participants take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to gain insight into how to improve their interactions, understanding, and worldview of different cultures. Taking this course is a step towards working more effectively in a multicultural environment.

    Note: Participants must complete the IDI inventory prior to the workshop. Registration closes on September 26 and participants will be sent a link to complete the inventory online by October 3. (Workshop fee covers the cost of the inventory.)

    Course Fee: $12.00 (covers the cost of the inventory)

    Facilitators: Kimberly Simon & Maria Eustaquio

    Audience: All members of the U community

    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

     

    October 12, 2011

    Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace

     Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: 655 West McNamara Alumni Center

    Cost: Free but registration required.

    Description:

    Bullying behavior affects morale, productivity, creativity, and retention in work and learning environments. In this workshop we will describe the harmful effects of bullying, consider how it is often seen as discriminatory, and identify steps to promptly and effectively address it.

    Facilitators: Kimberly Hewitt; Gabrielle Mead.

    Audience: All members of the University community.

    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office for Equity and Diversity

     

    October 12, 2011

    Uncovering the Past, Charting the Future: The Rise of Women in Science

    Date: 10/12/2011

    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey Center

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    Studying the history of science has allowed Professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt to combine her long-standing interest in science and math with her fascination with the detective work of uncovering the past. Gregory Kohlstedt, past president of the History of Science Society, also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the largest scientific society in the country, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her most recent book, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study, 1890-1930, is a study of the ways in which innovative women teachers introduced science into the public school for the first time in the early twentieth century. Professor Gregory Kohlstedt's lecture will pose questions that persist about what women's engagement in science over the past century has meant and what it signals about the future. Why are there unexplained differences in participation rates among the sciences and engineering fields? Has feminism in any way changed science and science practice? Do women select career paths that are distinct from their male counterparts? Are the opportunities for girls and women commensurate with their ambitions and abilities? Historical experiences provide some tantalizing clues.

    This award honors a University of Minnesota woman faculty member's exceptional research, scholarship, teaching and leadership contributions via a public lecture. Information about Ada Comstock and other awards can be found at www.umn.edu/women.

    Dessert reception follows in the HHH Atrium. Please announce to classes and colleagues.

    Sponsored by: Womens Center, University Libraries, Graduate School, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

    Reservation Information:

    This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP online at z.umn.edu/ada2011

     

    October 15, 2011

    Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection

    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Location: Twin Cities

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    In this courageous, deeply personal new film, Diane Israel examines American culture's toxic emphasis on thinness, beauty, and physical perfection. Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her own struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she tries to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.

    The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, body builders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors such as Eve Ensler, Paul Campos, and Naomi Wolf. In a special bonus feature, Israel talks in detail about where she is in her recovery 2 years after the filming of Beauty Mark.

    Discussion follows the film, which will be screened as part of the Social Justice Film Festival.

    Sponsored by: Womens Center

     

    November Native American Heritage Month

     

    November 1, 2011

    STEP UP! Allies for Women's Equity (Part 2)

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Location: Room 15 Hubert H. Humphrey Center

    Cost: Free

    Description:

    How do you respond to the rumors that women have reached equality? What can you to say when you hear a sexist joke, or when you think someone is being put in an uncomfortable situation? In this interactive workshop, participants discuss their experiences, increase their knowledge of women's status today, think about intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and culture, discuss language and privilege, and practice bystander interventions. Leave with concrete tools to be more effective allies! Register online at http://workshop.umn.edu/Leadership_and_Advocacy/.

    Sponsored by: Womens Center

     

    November 9, 2011

    Handling Discrimination Concerns Effectively

    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: 655 West (6th Floor) McNamara Alumni Center

    Cost: Free but registration required.

    Description:

    Effective and efficient resolution of discrimination concerns is critical to creating an inclusive and respectful workplace. This hands-on workshop helps managers, and supervisors understand their key role in resolving discrimination concerns. Case studies and interactive exercises provide opportunities for participants to learn different approaches and share best practices in handling discrimination concerns. 

    Facilitators: Kimberly Hewitt & Kimberly Simon

    Audience: Supervisors, administrators

    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

     

    November 11, 2011

    Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education

    Time: TBA

    Location: Carlson School's 3M Auditorium

    Description:

    This annual lecture provides an academic forum in which scholars from around the world present innovative and thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education. The lectures are recorded and posted online, and the resulting paper is published by the GPS Alliance.

    The lecture is named in honor of Josef A. Mestenhauser, Distinguished International Emeritus Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota in its College of Education and Human Development. His more than fifty-year long career included being teacher, researcher, administrator, counselor and consultant.

     

    November 14-18, 2011 International Education Week

     

    November 16, 2011

    Sexual Harassment: Awareness, Prevention & Response

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Location: 432 STSS Bldg & via UMConnect East Bank

    Cost: Free but registration required

    Description:

    In this workshop, we will define and identify sexual harassment and learn the signs of potential sexual harassment. We will also discuss strategies for preventing and responding to sexual harassment, including the formal complaint process and corrective action that can help remedy sexual harassment situations in the classroom or on the job.

    Facilitator: Michael O'Day & Gabrielle Mead

    Audience: All members of the U community

    Note: This session will also be offered online via UMConnect. Registrants for the November session wishing to participate via UMConnect, will be emailed the web address for access several days prior to the workshop.
    Sponsored by: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

    Today's Library Issues Seminar was called "What do you mean by diversity? A Discussion."   

    We discussed how the University of Minnesota has defined diversity and how that impacts the work of the Libraries' Diversity Outreach Collaborative and Diversity Outreach Librarian.

    Powerpoint from today's session can be seen by clicking here.

    In 2008, the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity launched a new framework to guide University offices, colleges, departments and individuals in diversity work.  This document is titled: Re-imagining Equity and Diversity: A Framework for Transforming the University of Minnesota.  This document identifies 8 priority areas for diversity.  The Diversity Outreach Collaborative and Diversity Outreach Librarian encourage all to read this document and become familiar with the 8 priority areas.  We are truly in a unique position to have a framework like this that has been adopted by the entire University of Minnesota System. 

    You can see examples of a few programs that have been mapped to the priority areas on the above mentioned powerpoint from this session.

    Another tool for mapping your programs or projects to the priority areas is the attached: OED Priority Areas for Library Issues Seminar.doc.  

    If you have any questions about mapping please contact me at grayjl@umn.edu or call 612-624-9913.  I would be happy to work with your department on this project. 




    THE INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ADVOCACY (IDEA)
    ANNOUNCES TWO NEW INITIATIVES AND TWO UPCOMING EVENTS!

     
    FACULTY OF COLOR INITIATIVE (FOCI)
    The Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI) is a community-building project supported by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) under the aegis of the Office for Equity and Diversity. It is an inter-collegiate effort to recruit and retain faculty of color at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities campus by providing opportunities to socialize, network, and develop mentoring and collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus. This project takes its inspiration from the efforts originally launched and supported by the College of Liberal Arts. If you wish to join the e-mail list to be notified of future activities, please e-mail Jennifer Caron at jcaron@umn.edu.

    Look for more information and updates about FOCI to be added to our website very soon at http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/research/idea.html!
     
    SUMMER 2011 FACULTY OF COLOR INITIATIVE WRITING GROUP
    MAY 24TH-AUGUST 16TH

     
    We invite applications from pre-tenure faculty for a FOCI summer writing workshop. One of the most oft-heard concerns of new faculty is how to find time to write.  This issue can be especially acute for faculty of color, who are often called upon to contribute additional service and support to departments that are still in the process of building up diversity. Some preliminary research has noted the value of creating writing groups specifically for faculty of color.
     
    The 2011 FOCI summer writing workshop will provide faculty participants with designated time and resources to support their writing.  Through goal-setting exercises, email and phone coaching sessions, as well as presentations about campus resources for writing and research, the summer workshop will foster collegial relationships and new writing strategies for pre-tenure faculty.   Participants will also have an opportunity to extend the workshop into the fall semester via on-line coaching and feedback.
     
    OED Faculty Fellow Catherine Squires, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will facilitate the summer workshop and coaching sessions. Dr. Squires is the author of two books and many journal articles, all of which were helped along by strategies and support she gained from writing groups.  She has been a beneficiary and creator of writing groups for women faculty of color at the University of Michigan, and graduate student writing circles at Northwestern University. 

    Look for information about the 2011 FOCI summer writing workshop to be added to our website very soon at http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/research/idea.html!
     
     
    Schedule for FOCI Summer Writing Group
    Meeting time: 11:30am-1pm. Lunch will be provided at each meeting.
     
    May 24th              Introductions & (Re-)Framing the Writing Process
     
    June 14th             Check ins & goal setting exercise #1: thinking about time & timing
     
    June 28th              Check ins & goal setting exercise #2: fighting procrastination
     
    July 19th              Guest presentation--Writing resources at the U
     
    August 2nd              Guest presentation--Research resources at the U
     
    August 16th              Reflecting on our writing progress & transitioning to fall writing
     
     
    Interested applicants should e-mail a brief description of their summer writing goals and a short CV to squir050@umn.edu. Applicants should also indicate if they will miss any of the meeting dates due to travel.  Preference will be given to applicants who will miss no more than one meeting.
     

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