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A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1944

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Anderson Library Atrium Gallery

This exhibition explores both the inspiring and disturbing story of campus life in the 1930s. Student activists worked hard for change as they confronted the United States entering war again, on campus racism and the rights of students to protest and hold a range of political views. At the same time student housing was segregated, and off campus boarding houses' refusal to accept Jewish and African American students was sanctioned by the University. The exhibition tells the story of many of these forgotten activists who went on to remarkable careers and continued commitment to change.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, African-American Studies, American Studies, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, History


Take Action on DACA Repeal

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Humphrey Forum

Come take action to support DREAMers! PASA and the Humphrey Students of Color Association (HSOCA) will provide materials and resources on writing a letter to your representatives in Congress and launch the #UMN4DACA campaign for students, staff, and faculty to say why they stand in support of DREAMers and DACA. 

Alumni and friends of the University-please share and tag with #UMN4DACA!

Note: This event is open to all students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Sponsored by the Humphrey Students of Color Association



12:00 - 1:00 PM
Coffman Theater

We invite everyone to come and kickoff our 4th annual Greater Than 7 celebratory week! This event will be featuring Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, an award-winning Lao American poet, playwright, and cultural producer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and currently lives in Minnesota. She created the REFUGENIUS brand and identity in 1993 when she decided to pursue art as a career. 

Free food and beverages while supplies last.

Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity and   and   


Lunch & Learn: UMTC's Lactation Advocacy Committee

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Coffey Hall 120 (St. Paul campus)

Bring your lunch and meet members of the Lactation Advocacy Committee (LAC)! Learn about the LAC's efforts over the last 10+ years, find & share resources and express your concerns. All students, employees, and community members are welcome! 

Sponsored by the Lactation Advocacy Committee, The Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC), the Center for Early Education & Development (CEED), and the Department of Family Social Sciences (FSoS).


Immigration Policy Briefing 

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
Free (register here)

The announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by March 5 is the latest upheaval to our national immigration policies.

Under the new administration, "extreme vetting" for visas is now allowed and aggressive immigration enforcement is causing huge court backlogs. Several legal challenges to executive orders, including the travel ban, are moving through the courts. Customs and Border Protection says it can search electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptops, at points of entry; and local governments are facing pressure to engage in federal immigration enforcement.

To provide perspective, leaders from the Immigration Response Team, International Student and Scholar Services, Student Legal Services, and the James H. Binger Center for New Americans will share their thoughts on the current situation and how it affects immigrants and international students and scholars.

Can’t attend? IRT will livestream the event here. (You can sign on to view the livestream 30 minutes in advance. Contact 1-Help for technical issues.)

Sponsored by the Immigration Response Team


MPIRG Fall Kick-Off!

5:30 - 7:00 PM
303 Coffman Memorial Union

Want to make positive change on issues in your community?

Come join us on Monday, September 25th at 5:30PM in Coffman 303 for MPIRG's Fall Kick-Off meeting! You'll hear more about MPIRG, get connected with other students who care about environmental, social, and economic justice, and have some free pizza!

MPIRG is a student-run, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization that empowers students to take collective action on issues they care about. 

Sponsored by the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)


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OED Certificate Workshop: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity

9:00 - 10:00 AM
St. Paul Student Center, Cherrywood Room (275)
Free (register here)

If “Diversity is Everybody’s Everyday Work,” then where do I fit in? How can I be part of this work if I never thought these issues were “my issues”? This workshop introduces participants to the concept of being an ally. Participants explore how it’s possible, and why it’s necessary, to work toward access, inclusion, and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and community members, and for greater equity in all parts of our institution—even from our positions of privilege.

Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity


SWERT Coffee Hours

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Amundson Hall 120

Come enjoy some free coffee and bagels with the Society of Women Engineers!

Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers


Socially Awkward and Awesome - Student Networking Event!

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Appleby Hall 41

New to campus? Want to get connected? Make some friends? Join the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and the Women's Center! We’ll help ease the awkward tension of meeting new folks by offering small group activities, games, food & intimate space for conversation!

Co-sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life & the Women's Center


Minnesota Student Association (MSA) Forum Meeting

4:00 PM
Fraser Hall 101

Two immigration attorneys from Student Legal Service at University of Minnesota and the Immigration Response Team will join the MSA Forum to discuss DACA and the Dream Act and answer any questions.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Student Association (MSA)


Developing Intercultural Competence

1:30 - 4:30 PM
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building (St. Paul campus)

Want to be more effective at working across cultures? This Boreas Workshop is designed for graduate, professional students, and post-docs who want to increase their intercultural competence. 

Co-sponsored by the Boreas Leadership Program & the Institute on the Environment


University Indigenous Women & Women of Color Book Group

4:30-6:00 PM
Campus Club Bar Lounge Area

The University Indigenous Women and Women of Color (UIWOC) staff and faculty affinity group sponsors a monthly book group focused on the work of women of color authors and indigenous women authors. This discussion will focus on the essay collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. Feel free to contact UIWOC with any questions at

Sponsored by University Indigenous Women & Women of Color


#Advising101: Building a Collaborative and Successful Partnership with Your Academic Advisor 

5:00 - 6:30 PM
Coffey Hall 125 (St. Paul Campus)

This workshop kicks off the Fall 2017 CFANS Office for Diversity & Inclusion success workshop series. The series is designed to provide students with holistic preparation for life during and after the undergraduate experience at the U of M, and with resources available throughout the University and Twin Cities area that are helpful to a successful academic and social experience. 

Sponsored by the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion



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QueerX Series: Non-binary & Gender Non-conforming Identities

12:00 - 1:00 PM
UMTC Campus (Room TBD)

Featuring: Melinda Lee. Queer X is an educational initiative of the GSC that delivers critically important topics ​and conversations that impact the LGBTQIA community. This year's line-up will cover a wide range of LGBTQIA-centered topics and will be available to live stream as well as view online here after each event. Visit: for updated location info

Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life


POC/Indigenous in Contemporary Puppetry/Comic Arts with Chamindika

12:00 PM
Wulling Hall, Room 250

Visual artist Chamindika will talk about how she and her team are building a community of POC/Indigenous people in contemporary puppetry and comic arts in the Twin Cities, how they're navigating being an arts organizer/artist and working in multiple mediums.​
​This event is part of the Asian American Studies Brown Bag Lunch series. Bring your lunch to the talk and join us in the conversation! Free and open to all. Chamindika Wanduragala is a Sri Lankan American visual artist, puppeteer, stop motion animation filmmaker, DJ (DJ Chamun) and the founder and Artistic Director of Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, an arts nonprofit that nurtures artists of color and Indigenous artists in contemporary puppet theater and sequential art. Her artwork portrays her version of what writer/activist Audre Lorde referred to as biomythography: the intertwining of experience and history with personal mythology.

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Immigration History Research Center


Carlson Community of Color Reception

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Carlson School of Management 2-260Z

Carlson School undergraduate and graduate students of color are invited to a networking reception on Wednesday, August 27 at noon in the Executive Center in room 2-260. In joining together we will both meet the University's call to join in the Greater Than 7 initiative AND facilitate a courageous and supportive school environment.

Sponsored by Carlson School of Management 


Reporting on Protests: How to Safely and Effectively Cover These Key News Events

6:00 PM
35 Nicholson Hall
Free (register here)

Hear from a First Amendment attorney, veteran journalists, a community organizer, and law enforcement on how to report on protests, with tips for protecting yourself and your data.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center at the UMN Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the UMN student chapter and Minnesota professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, SAG-AFTRA, NABET-CWA and the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild.


Socially Awkward and Awesome - Student Networking Event!

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Appleby Hall 41

New to campus? Want to get connected? Make some friends? Join the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and the Women's Center! We’ll help ease the awkward tension of meeting new folks by offering small group activities, games, food & intimate space for conversation!

Co-sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life & the Women's Center



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OED Certificate Workshop: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity

8:30 - 11:30 AM
Northrop Auditorium, Founder's Room (260)
Free (register here)

This workshop explores leadership in both traditional and nontraditional contexts, as well as both personally and institutionally. We ask: how can I leverage what formal and informal power I have to move equity and diversity work forward – in my workplace and in other parts of my life? What do I need to be a leader, and what will it mean to see myself as a leader on these issues? What will it take for my unit/department/college/university to be seen as a leader on issues of equity and diversity?

Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity


Power, Privilege, and Oppression

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Contact CEHD for location

This is an introductory, interactive workshop exploring the concepts of power, privilege, and oppression.  We will examine these concepts as they are relevant to our work within this institution, and as they inform our personal and professional lives and identities.

Sponsored by CEHD Student Services


Settler Colonial Legacies: U.S. Racial Formation, American Exceptionalism and White Nationalist Xenophobia

3:30 PM
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
Free and open to the public

In this talk, Evelyn Nakano Glenn takes the British settler colonial origins of the U.S. seriously by arguing for its foundational importance and continuing significance in American political and social formations. The talk examines how American national identity, racial stratification, and central concepts such as sovereignty, citizenship, property, and freedom developed in the context of territorial expansion, encounters with indigenous others, reliance on chattel slavery, and mass immigration.  Glenn pays particular attention to contradictions, silences, and amnesias, then turns to the question of present day xenophobia, which has risen in Western Europe and North America in response to the influx of refugees fleeing political war, hunger, and persecution in the Global South to ask the question: is there something distinct about U.S. xenophobia?  If so, how might the differences be related to the U.S. settler colonial experience?  

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and co-sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center; the Race, Indigeneity, and Gender Studies Initiative; the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy; the Human Rights Program; American Indian Studies; and the departments of Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science and Political Psychology.


10th Annual North Star STEM Alliance Kick Off Event

6:00 - 7:45 PM
McNamara Alumni Center

Join students and faculty in the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA) at NSSA'S annual Kick-Off. This social event will highlight Alliance opportunities and the importance of a diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Keynote by Dandrielle Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. 

Sponsored by the North Star STEM Alliance

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Impact of the ACA on Reducing Health Disparities

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Mayo A110

Dr. Lynn Blewett will be speaking about intersection of health reform and health equity. Dr. Blewett will highlight provisions in the Affordable Care Act aimed at reducing disparities in access the health insurance coverage and health care and evidence of their impact. She will also discuss the implications of proposed legislation.

Co-sponsored by the Health Equity Work Group & the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Team (EDIT)


Ismat and Manto and My Activist Performance

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (Fifth floor of Heller Hall)

This presentation is about Anuradha Marwah’s current creative work: a play, ‘Ismat’s Love Stories’, that I wrote between 2014 and 2016 and Marwah’s novel-in- progress, tentatively titled My Family Drama in Too Many Acts. The play explores the mercurial relationship between two well-known Urdu writers, Ismat Chughtai (1915-1991) and Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955). The representation of the two writers led to many discussions about the ‘truth’ of Ismat and Manto’s lives, both in-house - while Marwah was working on the script - and during interaction with the audiences after the seven public performances in Delhi. In this presentation, Marwah attempts to formulate questions about the relationship between life-stories, performance, truth, and activism and trace continuities of these concerns in their novel-in-progress which is about the many roles played simultaneously in a middle class neighbourhood of Delhi.

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change


Critical Disability Studies Collaborative Fall Kick-Off Discussion Event

1:00 - 2:30 PM
140 Nolte Center

Join the CDSC for our kick-off event of the 2017-2018 school year! We'll introduce the colloborative (for those who don't know about us), announce our upcoming events, and talk about ways to get involved! Then we'll also discuss the amazing exchange of ideas on Critical Disability Studies by Julie Avril Minich, Sami Schalk, and Jina B. Kim, as presented by Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Email Angela at to RSVP and get a PDF.

Sponsored by the Critical Disability Studies Collaborative


Inviting Girls Into the Lab: the Rise of Diversity Advocacy in STEM, 1950-Present

3:35 PM (refreshments at 3:15)
Nicholson Hall, room 275

One of the biggest transformations in modern science and engineering isn't a particular discovery, invention, or technique, but a revolution in assumptions about who can and should enter those disciplines. For years, American efforts focused on steering more young white men into science and engineering. By the mid-1950s, some scientists and engineers began programs to open opportunities to broader groups of youngsters. Their advocacy fostered wide-ranging campaigns to expand STEM opportunities for K-12 female students, which came to command major support from scientific and technical organizations, corporations, government, community groups, educators, even celebrities. This talk explores when, how, and why evolving ideas about gender roles, education, and the nature of STEM generated the modern movement for STEM diversity and outreach. Refreshments served at 3:15pm.

Sponsored by the Department of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


September Frybread Friday

5:00 PM
American Indian Student Cultural Center, Coffman Memorial Union 2nd floor

Kick off the semester with a healthy dose of frybread by joining the AISCC for the first Frybread Friday of the school year! All are welcome!

Sponsored by the American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC)


CASA Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

The Moon is a major part of Chinese culture, and no day is as important as the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Come celebrate with CASA as we bring this longstanding celebration to the U! From ancient traditions like moon cake and calligraphy, to modern trends like a photobooth for Instagram, come experience this unique Chinese holiday and learn more about a rich 6,000 year old culture. 

Sponsored by the Chinese American Student Association (CASA)


Ethiopian Student Association Fall 2017 Kick-Off

6:00 - 9:00 PM
The Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union

Join the Ethiopian Student Association for music, performances, open mic and free Raising Canes as we kick-off another great school year!

Sponsored by the Ethiopian Student Association


LadieZ Connect

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Gameroom, University Commons, 609 Huron Blvd SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Join the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Kappa Pi Chapter for an evening of networking, mingling, fun, and games with other women as we begin the semester!

Sponsored by the Kappa Pi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness for Empowering Girls and Women from Indigenous Communities and Communities of Color

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Walker Community United Methodist Church
Free & open to the public

Twin Cities community advocates and University of Minnesota faculty will lead a panel discussion focused on strategies to empower girls and women from indigenous communities and communities of color in improving well-being. Participants are invited to breakfast and: share knowledge about health conditions and steps towards better health outcomes; learn to make personal care products to enhance well-being, and; participate in movement and healing rituals. By attending this event, you will be eligible to apply for grant funding towards Community-University collaborative projects. We invite you to network among participants who share your commitment to support women and girls of color.  

Sponsored by the Women and Girls of Color Initiative

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Why Treaties Matter (Exhibit)

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Great Hall, Walter Library
Free & open to the public

The exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the US government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

The Why Treaties Matter Exhibit is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. The exhibit runs until October 13. 

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and the University of Minneosta Libraries

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